LibertyCon 2019 – Seeking Sanctuary: Life, Liberty, Pursuit of Happiness




January 2019

Dear Friend of Underground Railroad History Project,

Underground Railroad History Project invites you to join with others to be a sponsor of LibertyCon 2019, a transformative event that brings together a multi-age, diverse audience to examine questions raised and actions suggested by this year’s theme, Seeking Sanctuary: Life, Liberty, Pursuit of Happiness.

Seekers and providers of sanctuary have been part of American history from earliest times. In the pre-Civil War period Underground Railroad Freedom Seekers sought sanctuary in the United States and its territories, in Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe.

Today’s expression of sanctuary acknowledges that memory but we find it demonstrated in contemporary border confrontations at the Mexican and Canadian borders and in the seeking of sanctuary within the United States by those fleeing  discrimination and oppression. In our democratic union we are called to insure that the human rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are accessible to all.

The theme of  LibertyCon 2019,  Seeking Sanctuary: Life, Liberty, Pursuit of Happiness, invites the community to come together to explore the concept of sanctuary, its relationship to the Underground Railroad, and its relationship with us today.

This Cover Letter, along with Highlights of LibertyCon 2019, Sponsorship Opportunities, and a Benefits / Response Form are available by clicking on the link below.

We look forward to your walking with us on this paradigm changing journey.

If you have any questions, please call Mary Liz Stewart at (518) 432-4432 or email her at marylizugr@gmail.com.




for the Conference Planning Committee of Underground Railroad History Project


 Sponsor Materials are available by clicking Sponsor Materials 2019 – merged documents





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 Gold Sponsor – – – Humanities New York

Silver Sponsor – – – Pioneer Bank

Bronze Sponsor – – – Hon. Darius Shahinfar, WPNT Construction

Myers Circle – – – Capital District Transportation Authority, Diane & Steven O’Connor, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, Hartgen Archeological Associates, Inc., Janine Moon

Johnson Circle – – – David Connors, RBC Wealth Management, Lacy Thay Reilly Wilson Architecture and Preservation, WAMC Northeast Public Radio

Garnet Circle – – – Albany Public School Teachers’ Association, Capital Wine, Congressman Paul Tonko, Honorable Kathy Sheehan, MAGCAR Inc., Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region, Underground Railroad History Project Board of Directors

Abolitionist Circle – – – Albany County and Visitors Bureau, Albany (NY) District Chapter of the Links, Inc., Anthony Opalka, A+ Home Improvement, Assemblymember Pat Fahy, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Clifford Oliver Photography, Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region, Eyedentity Eyewear, LLC, First Reformed Church of Schenectady, Hon. John T. McDonald III, Hon. Neil Breslin, Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway, Krispin’s Automotive Repair, Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, Union College’s Public History Program, Vale Cemetery

Freedom Seeker Circle – – – Affordable Housing Partnership, Hon. Daniel P. McCoy, Gregory Gosier, Voya Financial, Jude-Ann Gargiula, Kevin Pittz, Edward Jones, Modern Press















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