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September 18, 2011

Civil War exhibit opens at Oneonta Historical Society

"Oneonta and the Civil War," an exhibit commemorating the sesquicentennial of the beginning of the Civil War, opens Saturday at the Greater Oneonta Historical Society's History Center at 183 Main St.

Through text, images and artifacts, the exhibit includes the abolitionist movement, the Underground Railroad and U.S. Colored Troops in Oneonta and Otsego County; Otsego County Medal of Honor winners; Oneonta's military contributions; a visit by Oneonta civilians behind military lines; daily life on the homefront, and other related topics.

An exhibit reception Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. will feature live Civil War-era music by Kathy Shimberg and friends will play and sing Civil War era music. The event is free and open to the public, and there will be refreshments.

At 7 p.m. Oct. 17, Harry Bradshaw Matthews, associate dean and director of the US Pluralism Center at Hartwick College, will present "Flight to Freedom: Oneonta's Role in the Underground Railroad," including documentary evidence that Oneonta was a site for the Underground Railroad.

At 1 p.m. Nov. 12, singing group Redeeming Love will present a repertoire of anti-slavery songs from New England in the 1840s and 1850s, including some by the Hutchinson Family Singers.

The exhibit is scheduled to close Nov. 15. The History Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays.

For more information or to schedule a group visit, call 432-0960.

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