Friday Night at the Museum to begin with ‘A Chronicle of the Underground Railroad and Black Soldiery’

The Bradford County Historical Society will host a program titled, “A Chronicle of the Underground Railroad and ‘Black Soldiery,’” scheduled for Friday, May 18, at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. There is no admission charge for this event, but donations are appreciated. 

To reserve a seat, participants are asked to register by calling (570) 265-2240 or by email to

Based on the book, “Embattled Freedom”, author Jim Remsen explores the life and times of a group of remarkable fugitive slaves who fled north on the Underground Railroad and found safe haven in Jim’s own boyhood hometown in the mid-1800s. The town is Waverly, Pa., a white farming village near Scranton, Pa. 

In the face of local skepticism, a cadre of white villagers and nearby farmers set up the black runaways with jobs, land and other material support, thus establishing a settlement known as “Colored Hill” that endured into the 1920s. When the Civil War came and the call went out for black recruits, a dozen men and boys left the safety of Colored Hill to return south and fight in the Union army.

This program is sponsored by Citizens & Northern Bank.

This program is a part of the 2018 Friday Night at the Museum programming series that is held the third Friday of each month from May through October. Each event is held in the Great Room at the Bradford County Historical Society, located at 109 Pine St. in Towanda, Pa. Refreshments are provided at each program and the museum is open a half-hour prior to the event.

Other programs scheduled for this season are: June 15 – Bradford County Civil War Music; July 20 – A Hammered Dulcimer Concert with Ted Yoder, sponsored by Chief Oil & Gas; Aug. 17 – The French Legacy in Bradford County; Sept. 21 – Lumbering Heritage in Northeastern Pennsylvania, sponsored by Citizens & Northern Bank; and Oct. 19 – The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and its Effect on Bradford County.

The Bradford County Historical Society is a recipient agency of the Bradford County United Way and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. For more information about the society and its programming schedule, museum or research center, visit or check out the society on Facebook or Twitter.

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