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Heritage NY Underground Railroad exhibit opens

Exhibits installed last week through the Underground Railroad Heritage Trail, a program of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, will be open to the public Saturday, May 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the Gerrit Smith Estate Barn Sale.

The Barn Sale is part of the annual Peterboro Community Yard Sale. The exhibit in the barn on the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark shows the commitment of the Smith family to end slavery in the United States, identifies the national figures who came to Peterboro to work against slavery, and describes the freedom seekers who sought a haven in Peterboro.

The exhibitions were designed, manufactured, and installed by The Exhibition Alliance in Hamilton, in cooperation with the UGRR Heritage Trail project and the Smithfield Community Association in Peterboro.

The public is encouraged to visit the new exhibits, shop at the Barn Sale and the Peterboro Mercantile, and to pick up preservation information on methods and funding for older home repairs. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Nell Ziegler, Barn Squad, at 374-9605.

Proceeds from the event support the preservation and promotion of the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark which is a site on both the New York State Underground Railroad Heritage Trail and the National Park Service Underground Railroad Heritage Trail. The Barn Sale is one of series of programs provided by the Stewards for the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark during 2010 and partially supported by a PACE grant from the Central New York Community Foundation.

For a complete listing of programs, contact SmithfieldCommunityAssociation@centralny.twcbc.com, 315-684-1058, and sca-peterboro.com

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