Registration is open for Quindaro Symposium

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area News Release

Kelly Burns, Special Projects Coordinator, Quindaro, (785) 856-3658 
Sonia Smith, Communications and Marketing Manager, (785) 856-5304 
Julie McPike, Managing Director, (785) 856-5283
Jim Ogle, Executive Director, (785) 856-3635

Office: (785) 856-5300 

Registration has opened for the Quindaro Symposium events

Registration has opened for both the keynote address and symposium sessions of the upcoming Quindaro Symposium, Strength Through Numbers: The Intersection of Abolitionist Politics, Freed Blacks, And a Flourishing Community in Quindaro. The symposium will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 19-21, 2018. Please note that registration for the keynote speaker and the symposium sessions must be done separately.

The keynote address by Dr. Quintard Taylor is scheduled for Thursday, April 19, 2018 and will be held at the Kansas City Public Library - Central Library (14 West 10th Street, Kansas City, Missouri, 64105). Registration for the keynote address is available through the Kansas City (Missouri) Public Library's website, www.kclibrary.org/signature-events/quindaro-coming-freedom-decade-civil-war.

The symposium sessions, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, 2018, will be held at Memorial Hall (600 North 7th Street Trafficway, Kansas City, Kansas, 66101). To register for the symposium sessions, visit www.freedomsfrontier.org/pages/Quindaro_Symposium. Here you will find information about registration, hotels and restaurants, featured speakers, and more aspects of this symposium. You may also complete a paper registration form at the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library Main Library (625 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas, 66101), or call the Freedom's Frontier office at (785) 856-5304.

The historical significance of the townsite of Quindaro, Kansas, is an established but growing topic thanks to the diligent work of enthusiasts and the site's listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The history of the community is essential to the telling of the larger national story of abolitionist and antislavery politics in the Civil War era, race relations, women's suffrage, native peoples, the Civil War in the West, and other significant stories of our nation.

This symposium will contribute to the process of designating the ruins of Quindaro as a National Historic Landmark that will encourage new research, bring this scholarship to a broader public audience, and facilitate discussions about the future of the Quindaro site.

Quintard Taylor will present the keynote address for the symposium, Quindaro in the National Context: The Kansas-Missouri Border and the Coming of Freedom in the Decade of Civil War, 1855-1865. No other region of the nation is more tied to the Campaign for African American freedom than the border region of Kansas and Missouri. Quintard Taylor will explore that region in the decade from 1855 to 1865 to illustrate the nexus between border fighting and freedom for the enslaved. While Quindaro is the place that is the most visible manifestation of that freedom, he will recall the swirl of events in that border region that created the town and brought liberation to more than ten thousand African Americans.

Taylor is the Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History at the University of Washington and as such he holds the oldest endowed chair at the University. He is the author of The Forging of a Black Community: Seattle's Central District from 1870 through the Civil Rights Era, and In Search of the Racial Frontier: African Americans in the America West, 1528-1990. His Dr. Sam: Soldier, Educator, Advocate, Friend, An Autobiography, which Taylor co-authored with the late university administrator and career army officer, was released in the summer of 2010.

Taylor is also the author of more than fifty articles. His work on African American Western History, African American, African, Afro-Brazilian, and comparative ethnic history has appeared in the Western Historical Quarterly, Pacific Historical Review, Oregon Historical Quarterly, Journal of Negro History, Arizona and the West, the Western Journal of Black Studies, and the Journal of Ethnic Studies. He is also editor of the Race and Culture in the West Series for the University of Oklahoma Press. Twelve titles have appeared in the series since its launch in 2007.

Tentative Symposium Schedule
(Schedule subject to change)
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Event at Kansas City Public Library - Central Library

(14 West 10th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105)
6-8 p.m. - Public reception & keynote speaker: Quintard Taylor

Friday, April 20, 2018
Events at Memorial Hall

(600 North 7th Street Trafficway, Kansas City, KS 66101)
9 a.m. Welcome
9:15-10:35 a.m. Session I: Bleeding Kansas and a Nation Divided
10:35-10:50 a.m. Break
10:50 a.m.-12:10 p.m. Session II: Founding the Free State Port of Quindaro
12:10-12:25 p.m. Break
12:25-1:30 p.m. Lunch -- Featured speaker: Robert Sutton, "Stark Mad Abolitionists: New Englanders Determined to Make Kansas a Free State"
1:30-1:45 p.m. Break
1:45-2:45 p.m. Session III: Creating a Territorial Culture and Making an Impact
2:45-3:00 p.m. Break
3-4:20 p.m. Session IV: The Promise of Freedom
4:20- 5 p.m. Film: The Battle of Island Mound

Saturday, April 21, 2018
Events at Memorial Hall

(600 North 7th Street Trafficway, Kansas City, KS 66101)

9 a.m. Welcome
9:15-10:30 a.m. Session V: Panel - Archeological Significance of Quindaro
10:30-10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m.-Noon Session VI:Panel - Preserving Our History: A Community Vision
Noon-1:15 p.m. Lunch: Education and community roundtable discussions
1:15-1:30 p.m. Break
1:30-2 p.m. Summing Up and Take-Aways
2-2:45 p.m. Special performance: Nancy Dawson, "Stories From da Dirt"
2:45 p.m. Final thanks

The Quindaro Symposium is scheduled for April 19-21, 2018 in Kansas City, Kansas. There will displays by artists, speakers and other activities focused on Quindaro. Find more information about the symposium here.

The symposium's cosponsors include: Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area, the Kansas Humanities Council, Kansas City Public Library, and the Center for Midwestern Studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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About Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area
Mission: Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area (FFNHA) is dedicated to building awareness of the struggles for freedom in western Missouri and eastern Kansas. These diverse, interwoven, and nationally important stories grew from a unique physical and cultural landscape. FFNHA inspires respect for multiple perspectives and empowers residents to preserve and share these stories. We achieve our goals through interpretation, preservation, conservation, and education for all residents and visitors.

Kansas Counties: Allen · Anderson · Atchison · Bourbon · Chautauqua · Cherokee · Clay · Coffey · Crawford· Douglas · Franklin · Geary · Jackson · Jefferson · Johnson · Labette · Leavenworth · Linn · Miami · Montgomery · Neosho · Osage · Pottawatomie · Riley · Shawnee · Wabaunsee · Wilson · Woodson · Wyandotte

Missouri Counties: Barton · Bates · Buchanan · Cass · Clay · Jackson · Johnson · Lafayette · Platte · Ray · St. Clair · Vernon

Established: October 12, 2006

Web site: www.freedomsfrontier.org

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