Helen Wilkinson Reynolds Award 2022

Mid-Hudson Antislavery History Project

Peter Bunten & Rebecca Edwards accepting

Honors local historians who are an exemplar of the necessary and accurate search for historical truth as practiced by Helen Wilkinson Reynolds.

Since 2006, the Mid-Hudson Antislavery History Project (MHAHP) has brought together researchers, educators, community leaders, and members of the public to conduct and synthesize research on the history of slavery and antislavery in New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley, with a special emphasis on the Underground Railroad.  MHAHP is a 501 (c)(3) organization chartered by the New York State Department of Education that shares this history with a wide array of residents and visitors with particular attention to students and youth; and places this local history in the broader context of racial slavery in the New World, the African American experience, and antislavery legacies today, including the impact of this historic grassroots movement on subsequent struggles for racial and social justice. Two landmark publications are only growing in importance and relevance as time passes. In 2010 MHAHP published the extraordinary book, Slavery, Antislavery, and the Underground Railroad: A Dutchess County Guide, under the direction of the late Dr. F. Kennon Moody. In 2007, MHAHP published the Mid-Hudson Antislavery History Project June 2007 Research Report by Rebecca Edwards, Dept. of History, Vassar College, Torrie Williams, Ford Scholar, Vassar ’08, and Kristina Poznan, Research Assistant, Vassar ’08, which is available online. MHAHP has provided a bedrock foundation of research and insights of such quality and scale that will be drawn on for generations and remains engaged with a variety of programs and organizations to advance our understanding of the important local history of slavery and antislavery.

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Prior Awardees: Helen Wilkinson Reynolds Award

Myra Young Armstead ~ Virginia Buechele ~ Mary Lou Davison ~ Olive H. Doty ~ Dr. Harvey K. Flad ~ David Jon Greenwood ~ Dr. Clyde Griffen ~ Eileen Mylod Hayden ~ Emily Johnson ~ Col. Jim Johnson ~ Arthur & Nancy Kelly ~ Dr. James H. Merrell ~ Dr. Alison Mountz ~ Helen Cole Netter ~ Dr. Sandra Opdycke ~ Evan Pritchard ~ Jim & Joan Smith ~ Betsy Strauss ~ Irena Stolarik ~ Thomas S. Wermuth ~ Dr. Louis C. Zuccarello

2020/2021

DCHS Awards 2020 Opdycke

Sandra Opdycke

2019

Myra Young Armstead
Myra Young Armstead

2018

Thomas S. Wermuth with Board Pres. Lou Lewis
Thomas S. Wermuth with Board Pres. Lou Lewis

2017

Betsy Strauss with Denise Doring Van Buren
Betsy Strauss with Denise Doring Van Buren

2016

Col. Jim Johnson
Col. Jim Johnson

2015

Eileen Mylod Hayden receives the award from Lou Lewis
Eileen Mylod Hayden receives the award from Lou Lewis