There is a building in Farmington that lost a wall during a windstorm in 2006, and maybe that seemed like no big deal; after all, the building looked old and decrepit. But this was a historic building, the home for debates and discussions on some of the most important subjects in American history: abolition of slavery, women's suffrage, rights for Native Americans. It's called the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse, which is celebrating its bicentennial on October 22 and 23.
Our discussion focuses on the history, the role of the meetinghouse in advancing equality, and the upcoming events. In studio:
- Dr. Judith Wellman, professor emerita of history at SUNY Oswego and former coordinator of Meetinghouse restoration
- Lyle Jenks, president of the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse organization
- Veronica (Ronnie) Reitter, park supervisor/interpreter for Ganondagan State Historic Site
- Meg Joseph, executive director, Friends of Ganondagan