African American Cemeteries in New Jersey @ New Jersey State Library, Meeting Room, 5th Floor
Feb 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

History is made everyday by ordinary people, much of which relates to our own family history.  The story of our families is unique and well-worth preserving.  One way we try to preserve that history and the memories of our loved ones are through cemeteries.  As we continue to celebrate Black History Month, Cherekana Feliciano, from the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical, will touch on this very personal aspect of history by examining African American cemeteries in New Jersey.  She will provide an overview of the history of these cemeteries in New Jersey, their current state and what the future may hold for them, including examining what role/responsibilities the general public and the African American community at large has in ensuring their upkeep and survival.

The Young Lords from East Harlem to Puerto Rico @ Museum of the City of New York
Feb 25 @ 6:30 pm

The activist work of the Young Lords Party continues to be a point of reference for contemporary activists both in New York City and the island of Puerto Rico. Nowhere is this clearer than in current efforts within the Puerto Rican diaspora to support progressive struggles in the island. Historically, these bridges of solidarity have proven both invaluable and fraught, as activists navigate the here and there, their intersecting identities, and the diverging histories of their communities. Johanna Fernández, author of the forthcoming book, Young Lords: A Radical History (February, 2020), sits down for a conversation about activism, diasporas, and decolonization with activist, organizer, and researcher Pablo Benson-Silva, and Monxo López, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Museum of the City of New York.

Additional speakers to be announced. Check back or join our email list for updates. 

This program is inspired by our ongoing Activist New York exhibition. To view all the programs in the series, click here.

About the Speakers:
Pablo Benson-Silva is an activist, organizer, and researcher born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico that moved to New York City more 14 years ago. He has been involved in many projects that span from Occupy Wall Street, the Puerto Rican Mutual Aid Network, Fearless Cities, and the worker cooperative movement.  He is also a partner at Movement Netlab, a think-do-learn tank on network social movements. Since summer 2017, Benson-Silva has served on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives and is director of membership for the NYC Network of Worker Cooperatives. He studied sociology at the University of Puerto Rico and at the New School for Social Research and more than occasionally dabbles in teaching.

Johanna Fernández teaches 20th Century U.S. history, the history of social movements, the political economy of American cities, and African-American history in the Department of History at Baruch College (CUNY). She is the author, editor, and co-editor of multiple books and journals, including Young Lords: A Radical History (February, 2020) and Writing on the Wall: Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal (2015). She directed and co-curated the exhibition ¡Presente! The Young Lords in New York at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, El Museo del Barrio, and Loisaida Inc. Fernández’s writing has appeared in many publications including Al JazeeraThe New York Times, NPR, and The Wall Street Journal. Her awards include the Fulbright Scholars grant to the Middle East and North Africa and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship of the Scholars-in-Residence program at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library.

Monxo López (moderator) is a researcher, educator, cartographer, and South Bronx-based urban activist. He is currently a Mellon Foundation Fellow at the Museum of the City of New York, and was a Mapping Fellow at the Design Trust for Public Spaces. He is also a founding member of South Bronx Unite (a local environmental justice organization), as well as a founding and board member of the Mott Haven/Port Morris Community Land Stewards, the local Community Land Trust. López holds a Ph.D. in political science from CUNY’s Graduate Center. He grew up in Puerto Rico, and currently lives in Mott Haven, the South Bronx.

$15 Adults | $12 Seniors, Students, and Educators (with ID)
$10 Museum Members

Stolen: Book Talk Presented by Author Rick Bell @ Maryland Historical Society
Feb 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday, February 27, 6-8 PM Lecture begins at 6:30 PM. Light refreshments to follow | $10/members; $15/nonmembers

Join us for a lecture on Rick Bell’s most recent book, Stolen. The gripping true story about five boys who were kidnapped in the North and smuggled into slavery in the Deep South-and their daring attempt to escape and bring their captors to justice. Richard Bell, Ph.D. teaches Early American history at the University of Maryland. He has received several teaching prizes and major research fellowships including the National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Award.

Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Have you ever hit the big blue button to activate automatic doors? Have you ever used curb cuts to roll a stroller across an intersection? If so, then you have benefited from accessible design—design for people with physical, sensory, and cognitive disabilities. Disability advocates fought tirelessly to ensure that the needs of people with disabilities became a standard part of public thinking. That fight took many forms worldwide, but in the United States, activists used design to make an argument about the place of people with disabilities in public life.

Accessible America: A History of Disability and Design traces the history of design responses to disability rights from 1945 to recent times. This project shows how the concept of “access” emerged as a value in design in this period. Chapters highlight the ways that prosthetics research led to expanded accessibility in the American home; how medical experts pushed for access while also putting much of the pressure on individual patients to navigate their home and work lives; and how civil rights language reshaped arguments around technology and infrastructure.

Bess Williamson is Associate Professor of Art History, Theory, & Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she teaches a range of design history courses, and currently serves as the Graduate Program Director in the Art History department. Williamson is a historian of design and material culture with interests in the social and political concerns in design, including environmental, labor, justice, and rights issues as they shape and are shaped by spaces and things.

Please r.s.v.p to Carol Lockman, clockman@Hagley.org , 302-658-2400, ext. 243. Walk-ins welcome. Free and open to the public.

Hands-on History Presents: The Elite of Our People @ Parkway Central Library, Rare Book Department
Feb 28 @ 10:00 am

Interact with rarely seen archives and artifacts that speak to the Philadelphia community once described as “The Elite of Our People” by 1840s black resident Joseph Willson, in a program led by the Free Library’s Kalela Williams. Handle photographs, illustrations, and documents that illustrate some of the schools, churches, and entertainments that middle-class African Americans enjoyed in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and discuss how these objects speak to today’s Philadelphia.

Take history in the palm of your hand: turn pages, hold manuscripts, and handle artifacts with the Hands-on History series from the Free Library’s Special Collections. Curiosity seekers of all ages are welcome! 

Attendance is free, but reservations are suggested.to secure your seats.

Maryland History Advocacy Day @ Preservation Maryland
Mar 5 @ 9:30 am

Maryland deserves well-preserved historic communities, sites, and architecture, and the only way we’ll accomplish this is by working together in advocacy.

On Thursday, March 5, 2020 history, humanities, architecture, and preservation advocates from across the state will descend on Annapolis to let their elected officials know that our state’s history is worth protecting. We will be advocating for the policies, programs, and funding that makes our collective work possible.

*Attendees make their own schedules, and they can come to as many meetings as they like.g. You do not need to commit to the full day in order to participate, but please RSVP if you plan to attend any of the day’s events.*


The briefing will take place at the AIA Maryland Chapter House in Annapolis. Legislative meetings will take place at the various office locations of our state legislators.



  • 11AM-4PM- MEETING WITH YOUR LEGISLATORS. Preservation Maryland can assist in scheduling.


Preservation Maryland hosts Advocacy Day as a free event to encourage participation. If you are a professional, business-owner, or allied non-profit that benefits from state preservation programs and Preservation Maryland and it’s partner’s advocacy, please support our work by donating to our Advocacy Fund.


Please see additional information about preservation advocacy issues on our website. If you have any questions, contact Preservation Maryland’s Director of Advocacy Elly Colmers Cowan, ecowan@presmd.org.

Celebrate Women’s History Month at the Library Company Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote @ Library Company of Philadelphia
Mar 5 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Robyn Muncy is a Professor of History at the University of Maryland, College Park, and one of the curators of the exhibition “Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote,” which opened in May 2019 at the National Archives. Prof Muncy also serves on the advisory committee for the National Votes for Women Trail, a project sponsoring historical markers in all 50 states to commemorate American women’s struggle for the franchise. This event is sponsored by The Davida T. Deutsch Program in Women’s History.

The Road to the Vote @ Old State House
Mar 7 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

In celebration of Women’s Vote Centennial, guided tours will explore the women’s suffrage movement in Delaware, the 19th Amendment and the discussions held in Delaware’s historic capitol regarding its passage. First Saturday in the First State program. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-744-5054.

Futures Think Tank with People’s Emergency Center @ People's Emergency Center
Mar 9 @ 6:30 pm

What is Afrofuturism, what are its connections to Indigenous futurism, and how are these things moving society forward? Join us for a live performance and interactive discussion to help generate ways that futurist thinking can be utilized by communities

Harriet Tubman: Living History Experience @ Old State House Museum
Mar 10 @ 6:00 pm
Free but limited street parking is available in front of and around the State House. The first floor of the State House is wheelchair accessible.
In celebration of Harriet Tubman Day, join us as Harriet Tubman, also known as “Moses” by the hundreds of enslaved Africans she helped and the thousands of other she inspired, shares her story of becoming the most famous “conductor” of the Underground Railroad.

Registration is required. Not recommended for children under 9 years old. Recording of this performance is prohibited.

About the Old State House Museum:
Built in 1791, the Old State House served as Delaware’s capitol during the United States’ critical early years as a nation. With additions and modifications, the building continued to serve as the state capitol until 1933. It is now operated as a museum by the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.
This program is partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.