March 7, Chester County Historical Society

We venture out to West Chester on a Friday night to join the Historical Society in its day-long program for National History Day entitled “Rights and Responsibilities.” This is the 25th year the Historical Society has been regional coordinator for National History Day, but the first time they have hosted the competition in their own building and also the first time they’ve invited us. The senior division program starts at 4 pm, and we hope some of the students, parents and teachers will stay for our talk on Octavius Catto and the little-known civil rights movement in the 19th century. Our talk is also open to Society members and the public. We’ll sign and sell copies of “Tasting Freedom” as well.

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