Kate Clifford Larson

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September 29, 2017 - 2pm

Voices of Freedom Festival

Salem Chapel, BME Church, St. Catharines

Free event

Dr. Kate Clifford Larson is an historian, leading Harriet Tubman scholar and the author of the 2004 biography, Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero.

 

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The most celebrated member of the Salem Chapel is the legendary Underground Railroad "conductor", Harriet Tubman. Harriet Tubman was a frequent resident of St. Catharines from 1851-1861, attended this AME/BME Church and was a highly revered member of the community. The majority of her clandestine Underground Railroad rescue missions ended in St. Catharines.

This free event is supported by the Niagara Region Investment in Culture Grant, City of St. Catharines, and US Consulate Toronto.


“I feel strongly that we must reconnect with the women who helped build and shape this country,” Larson recently wrote, “and by putting women at the center of the story, the world looks very different - more complex, interesting, and colorful.”
— Kate Clifford Larson

About Kate Clifford Larson

Dr. Kate Clifford Larson is an historian, leading Harriet Tubman scholar and the author of the 2004 biography, Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero.

Kate Clifford Larson has been a consultant and interpretive specialist for numerous museum, community and public history initiatives related to Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad in Maryland, Delaware, and New York, including the 125 mile Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, an All-American Road, the Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks (New York and Maryland), the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center in Maryland, and the Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn, NY.

After earning two degrees from Simmons College in Boston, and an MBA from Northeastern University, Larson pursued a doctorate in American History at the University of New Hampshire, specializing in 19th and 20th century U.S. Women's and African American history. Passionate about researching and writing about American women's lives, Larson enjoys the challenges of teasing out life stories from voices that have long been silenced.

"I feel strongly that we must reconnect with the women who helped build and shape this country," Larson recently wrote, "and by putting women at the center of the story, the world looks very different - more complex, interesting, and colorful."

Her second book, The Assassin’s Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln, was released in 2008. Her most recent work, Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter, about the disabled sister of President John F. Kennedy, spent ten weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Dr. Larson lives in Winchester, MA.

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