The 21st Annual Peterboro Civil War Weekend will observe the sesquicentennial of the United States Colored Troops with programs during the annual event on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9.  With the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation January 1, 1863, President Lincoln authorized the recruiting of African American soldiers in the Union Army. 

The United States Colored Troop Institute at Hartwick College, Oneonta NY, will set up an exhibit from its Images of the Freedom Journey collection at the Smithfield Community Center on Saturday, June 8 from 10 am – 5 pm. The displays will include prints, books, and photos of abolitionists who contributed to the ending of slavery. The United States Colored Troops (USCT) Institute is designated by the National Park Services as a research center of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. Matthews and the USCTI have been honored by numerous proclamations in several states and by the Congressional Black Caucus' Military Braintrust for outstanding African American genealogical and historical research.  The United State Colored Troop exhibit and program are supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities.

At 12:30 on June 8 at the USCTI exhibit Harry Bradshaw Matthews will present The Meaning of Colored. Matthews is the founding president of the United States Colored Troops Institute for Local History and Family Research at Hartwick College, and the associate dean and director of the U.S. Pluralism Center at Hartwick. Matthews was placed in the C-SPAN Video Library for being the keynote speaker at the USCT Grave Site Salute at the Gettysburg National Cemetery during the 2008 Commemorative of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
Matthews was also a featured speaker at the 2010 USCT Grand Review in Harrisburg, PA. He was a guest for the NBC New York show positively Black" during Christmas Day, 2010. He also served as a confidential researcher for the NBC show, "Who Do You Think You Are?" that segmented actress Vanessa Williams’s family research to a USCT. Matthews is a resident of Oneonta/Davenport, NY. He is the grandson of the formerly enslaved Richard Parler, Jr. of Denmark, SC. He has further traced his family lineage back to 1762 and the Killingsworth surname to 1215 A.D.

Matthews is the author of several books, including The Family Legacy of Anthony Johnson: From Jamestown, VA to Somerset, MD, 1619-1995: A Multi-racial Saga in Black, Red and White, the Negro Johnson and Indian Puckham Lineage, 1992, rev. 2007. He is also the author of the 2007 revised edition of African-American Genealogical Research: How to Trace Your Family History; the 2008 writing, African American Freedom Journey in New York and Related Sites, 1823-1870; and the 2012 writing, The Freedom Journey: The Underground Railroad to the Buffalo Soldiers in Otsego County, New York.

On Sunday, June 9 the 3rd Regiment Infantry, United States Colored Troops, (re-enacting) will exhibit in the East Tent. The 3rd Regiment
USCT is a non-profit, 501c3 charitable organization from the Philadelphia PA area. The mission of the unit is to educate the masses in the history and service of the United States Colored Troops. The 3rd Regiment provides services to youth in scouting, supports Senior Citizens and helps the needy. The Regiment supports the creation of a United States Colored Troops Memorial Monument and Its Maintenance. The group participates in Living History presentations and battle reenactments. The 3rd will present various programs at its exhibit site.

Fore more information on the 21st Annual Peterboro Civil War Weekend, visit www.civilwarweekend.sca-peterboro.org or contact 
315-280-8828, mail@sca-peterboro.org.  Admission for event activities (except shopping and food) is $7 Adults, $3 ages 6–12, and free for under 6.

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