Winter 2021 Programs on Broome County History

The Broome County Historical Society is pleased to present its Winter 2021 programs via Zoom on your computer and also live-streamed. All are held on Wednesday evening starting at 6:45.

On Wednesday, Feb. 18, “Follow the North Star: The Underground Railroads in the Southern Tier”. Honoring Black History Month, take a journey with local historian Gerry Smith as we follow the routes taken by escaped slaves as they made their way to the North and toward freedom with the help of conductors on the Underground Railroad, with a special focus on Broome and Chemung Counties. Smith teaches at SUNY Broome, and is an author and  frequent speaker on Broome County history.

On Wednesday, March 17, “A Virtual Walking Tour of the Abel Bennett Historic Tract” Abel Bennett was the first mayor of Binghamton, and the Historic Tract bearing his name was opened in 1887, built on 53 acres of farmland he owned.  The Tract was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. Ken Jackson, Broome County Historical Society member and Vice President of the Preservation Association of the Southern Tier, presents this virtual tour. This tour is one in a series that explores the history and architectural beauty of this Tract located on Binghamton’s West Side.

Because of COVID-19, all three programs will be offered on Zoom using a computer and simultaneously live-streamed to the Broome County Historical Society’s Facebook page. For watching via Zoom, click on the program link posted at

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