Tuesday, February 1, 2022 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM EST
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Tuesday, February 1
12:30 p.m.

Risk-Takers and Change-Makers:
A Conversation with
Mary Liz and Paul Stewart, co-founders
Underground Railroad Education Center

Join Tom Ruller and Mary Liz and Paul Stewart for a discussion of the men and women whose efforts empowered the abolitionist cause and laid the foundation for today’s civil rights movement in the United States. Learn more about the many records and resources available that document the work, bravery and leadership of those that fought for change.

The Underground Railroad Education Center, whose mission is to research and preserve the local and national history of the Underground Railroad movement, its international connections, and its legacy for today’s social justice issues, thereby empowering people of all ages to be agents of change toward an equitable and just society, is engaged in a number of public-facing initiatives that includes restoring the award-winning Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence, conducting the Young Abolitionist Leadership Institute, creating and managing historically related gardens and green spaces, speaking publicly, publishing a newsletter, creating and conducting tour experiences, and more.  

About The speakers


Mary Liz and Paul Stewart are independent scholars and co-founders of the Underground Railroad Education Center, a public history organization dedicated to the research, celebration and preservation of documented Underground Railroad history and its relevance for today, with an emphasis on African American abolitionists and freedom seekers. They have been appointed Scholars-in-Residence at Russell Sage College. Awards include but are not limited to the Sense of Place Award from the City of Albany, the Black History Month Service and Leadership Award from the NYS Department of Health Affirmative Action Advisory Committee, and the Underground Railroad Free Press Prize for Preservation for their restoration work on the historic Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence.

Thomas J. Ruller has held the position of New York State Archivist since 2015. He has been an active professional and is the author of several peer-reviewed journal articles and reviews on the use of technology in Archives and the preservation of records in electronic form.   He has been a consultant for several State governments and other organizations focusing on electronic records management and preservation.

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A direct link and password to digital meeting space will be emailed to all registrants ahead of time. Contact aptrust@nysed.gov with questions or in need of assistance.