On October 21 and 22, Hartwick College will welcome nearly 50 participants for the annual United States Colored Troops Institute for Local History and Family Research Student Mini-Conference. The conference will honor the National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC), which opened last month in Washington, DC.

The cornerstone of the conference will again be presentations of research by U-S-C-T-I members who have documented evidence of a military ancestor who was enlisted during any of the conflicts between the Civil War and the Korean War. Further, these ancestors are also connected to the African-American Freedom Journey of the 1870s and 1880s. Representatives of these families will be presented the USCTI’s American Society of Freedmen Descendants Gold Medal.