Karen James

Karen James


Administrative Officer

Division of History Bureau of Archives and History

United States Colored Troops Restoration Project (2001-2002) Catherine Harris Monument Committee (Jamestown, New York) 2002 Erie County Historical Society and Museum’s Permanent Exhibit on African Americans in Erie’s History (2001) African American Sailors PHMC Historic Marker Project, Biographies, Honor Roll (1997-2002) Harborcreek Historical Society, Restoration of Gospel Hill Burial Grounds (1996) Harry T. Burleigh Black Music conference, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (2001-2002) Underground Railroad Symposiums, Erie Maritime Museum (2000-2001) Northwestern Pennsylvania Freedom Institute (2000-2001) First Families Project, Erie, PA (1995) PHMC 17th Conference on Black History (Underground Railroad Workshop) 1994 Responsibilities included securing speakers, organizing community support, working with the media to promote events, assisting in grant planning, and assisting in crating coalitions within heritage organizations to strengthen and add diversity to events and programs.

PUBLICATIONS: Finding the History Among Us, Journey from Jerusalem: An Illustrated Introduction to Erie’s African American History, 1795-1995.  Sarah S. Thompson.  Erie, Pennsylvania 1996 Digging Up Bones: African Americans in Erie, 1800 to 1830,” with Sarah S. Thompson.  Journal of Erie Studies (Spring, 1994) Timeline, Harry T. Burleigh Web Site.  Harry T. Burleigh Society. (2002) http://www.burleighsociety.org The Logan Family, Slavery in Pennsylvania. http://www.afrolumens.org/slavery The Underground Railroad, St. James A.M.E. Church History.

http://www.stjamesamec.org PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP: Black History Advisory Board, PHMC (1997-2002) Erie County Historical Society & Museums Board of Director (1996-1998) Erie Times News Advisory Committee (2001-2002) Daughters of the War of 1812 Tombstone Program Erie County Coordinator AfriGeneas Genealogy Web Site AWARDS: Ebony Excellence Award: Women of the Year, 1998.  Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

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