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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Paul and Mary Liz Stewart, co-founders of Underground Railroad History Project to address Albany Roundtable - 2/11/15

Paul and Mary Liz Stewart, co-founders of Underground Railroad History Project will address the Albany Roundtable luncheon on Wednesday, February 11 at the National Register-listed University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany. 
The Stewarts will present A New Interpretation of an Old Story: the Underground Railroad, Its Relevance for Today, and Its Relationship with Underground Railroad History Project, which will focus on African American leadership, civil disobedience and documentation of the real Underground Railroad Movement of the antebellum period, its relevance for today, and its relationship to the work of Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc. 
Since its incorporation in 2003, Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc. promotes and encourages knowledge and understanding of the Underground Railroad Movement and its genesis and legacy in the Capital Region and in New York State, and as a significant element of the history of the United States; encourages historical research on the Underground Railroad Movement in the Capital Region, in New York, and in the United States; gathers, preserves, displays, and makes available for study artifacts, relics, books, manuscripts, papers, photographs, and other records and materials relating to the history of the Underground Railroad Movement in the Capital Region and New York State; and places the Underground Railroad movement in its proper context as the first civil rights movement, and as part of the ongoing struggle for equity, freedom, and justice.
The cost for the luncheon is $20. The Roundtable also offers its guests the option of paying in advance with a credit card at  or paying at the door. The University Club will serve a hot and cold buffet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30. Reservations for the February 11 luncheon are required by Monday, February 9 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling 518-431-1400 (the Albany Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by sending an e-mail to

Monday, January 19, 2015

Albany Roundtable Offers Scholarships

The Albany Roundtable, a civic luncheon series celebrating its 36th season in 2015, is accepting applications for The Albany Roundtable Scholarship.

“The Albany Roundtable has a long history of providing a forum for discussion on the issues of the day,” said Albany Roundtable President Chris Hawver. “We hope that these scholarships will help to foster a new generation of civic leaders who will go on to contribute to their communities in ways that we cannot yet imagine.”

Two scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each, will be awarded to two high school seniors who are recommended by a member in good standing of the Albany Roundtable. The application must be submitted by a student in his or her senior year of high school, and will be awarded contingent upon acceptance and attendance at a two- or four-year college or university.

Applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, March 20, 2015, and the scholarships will be awarded at the Roundtable’s Annual Meeting in late spring.

A short questionnaire, available below and at Roundtable meetings in January, February and March, must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor at the applicant’s school, or if the student is home-schooled, by a member of the community. An official transcript including courses, grades and grade point average should be included, as well as an essay of 300-500 words on the following topic: Citizenship includes the exercise of certain personal responsibilities, including considering the rights and interests of others. Discuss your involvement in a civic capacity which demonstrates your commitment to the community. This can include religious, social, and/or political activities.

Applications may be mailed to the Roundtable or may be submitted by email to 

2015 Albany Roundtable Scholarship Application