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Kelly Yacobucci Farquhar 
County Historian/RMO 
Montgomery County Dept. of History & Archives 
Old Courthouse, P.O. Box 1500 
Fonda, NY  12068-1500 
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The Search for the Underground Railroad in Upstate New York
Thursday, August 14th
6:30 p.m.
Old County Courthouse, Fonda, N.Y.
	Please join us on Thursday, August 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Montgomery
County's Old Courthouse on 9 Park Street in Fonda, NY  for author Tom
Calarco's presentation and book signing on a fascinating piece of local
history the Underground Railroad. 
The Program on August 14
Because of its clandestine nature, much of the history of the
Underground Railroad remains shrouded in secrecy--so much so that some
historians have even doubted its importance. After decades of research,
Tom Calarco recounts his experiences compiling evidence to give credence
to the legend's oral history in upstate New York. As the Civil War
loomed and politicians from the North and South debated the fate of
slavery, brave New Yorkers risked their lives to help fugitive slaves
escape bondage. Whites and blacks alike worked together on the
Underground Railroad, using ingenious methods of communication and
tactics to stay ahead of the slave master and bounty hunter. Especially
after the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act, conscientious residents
doubled their efforts to help runaways reach Canada. Join Calarco on
this journey of discovery of one of the noblest endeavors in American
After the presentation Tom will be selling and autographing copies of
his new book The Search for the Underground Railroad in Upstate New
We hope you'll join us on August 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Montgomery County's
Old Courthouse for this very interesting program. Admission is free. The
Old Fonda Courthouse is located at 9 Park Street in Fonda, NY. For more
information, please call Montgomery County Historian Kelly Farquhar at
(518) 853-8186.   
More Local Events
Just in case you can't make it to the Old Fonda Courthouse on August
14th, Tom Calarco will be signing books on Saturday, August 9 from 11:00
a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The Book Hound, 16 East Main Street, Amsterdam,
N.Y.  You can find Tom at The Walter Elwood Museum, 100 Church Street,
Amsterdam N.Y. at 3:00 p.m. on August 9th as part of their 75th
Anniversary Annual Ice Cream Social.