Events, Media & Resources

Poster for the February 23, 2020 lecture at First Church in Windsor

Upcoming Events:

  • February 23, 2020, 11:15AM – First Church in Windsor – Dr. Hermes presents on the Uncovering Their History project which highlights African, African-American, and Native-American people who are buried in Hartford’s Ancient Burying Ground. She will also shed light on the story of enslaved people buried in the Palisado Cemetery, next door to FCW.
  • The SchillerShoreline Institute for Lifelong Learning, Guilford, Connecticut. April, 2020.  


Adam Hushin, “Database on who is buried in Ancient Burying Ground is now complete,” The New Britain Herald/Bristol Press, 12 November 2019.   

Interview with Jeff Grande, Journeys with JeffWHCTV, November 4, 2019, to air in February, 2020.  

Conversations at Connecticut’s Old State House Series: Uncovering the History of the Native and African People in the Ancient Burying Ground,’”  

Katherine Hermes, guest. Solomon Jones Show, WURD Radio in Philadelphia, September 16, 2019. 

Hidden history of colonial African American burials,” The Philadelphia TribuneSeptember 12, 2019   

Amanda Blanco, A new project reveals the hidden history of colonial people of color who are buried in downtown Hartford,” The Hartford Courant, 6 September 2019.  

Mary Donohue, “Episode 78: Uncovering African and Native American Lives in 17th – 18th Century Hartford,” Grating the Nutmeg, podcast, September 1, 2019  

Past Public Presentations:

If you missed the Dr. Kathy Hermes’ lecture on the project at the Hartford History Center on September 12, 2019, you can now view it online.

CT Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity & Opportunity, (CWCSEO) for African American History Month, February, 2020.  

Manchester Community College, February 11, 2020.  

“Recovering Hartford’s Hidden Past: People of Color in Hartford’s Ancient Burying Ground, 1640-1815.” CCSU-AAUP: Higher Expectations for Public Higher Education, Central Connecticut State University, November 13, 2019. 

“Uncovering Native History in the Ancient Burying Ground: Website Demonstration and Walking Tour,” Native American Heritage Month, Capital Community College, Hartford, Connecticut. November 11, 2019. 

Who Were Hartford’s Founders? Uncovering the History of the Native and African People in the Ancient Burying Ground,” Conversations at the Old State House, Hartford, Connecticut, October 23, 2019.  

Uncovering Your History workshop, Hartford History Center, Hartford Public Library, October 5, 2019.  (Tutorial on doing genealogical and historical research)

“Uncovering Black and Indigenous Histories, Encounters: A Forum For Public Discussion, Hartford History Center, Hartford Public Library (morning), and University of Connecticut-Hartford campus (afternoon), September 21, 2019.  

Thomas Hooker Lecture – Uncovering Their History,” Hartford History Center, Hartford Public Library, September 12, 2019. 

Uncovering Their History with Dr. Katherine Hermes,” The Institute for American Indian Studies, Washington, Connecticut, 28 July 2019.  

Uncovering Their History: African, African-American and Native-American Burials in Hartford’s Ancient Burying Ground, 1640-1815 is a project of the Ancient Burying Ground Association, and was funded in part by the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office of the Department of Economic and Community Development with funds from the Community Investment Act.

Logo for Hartford's Ancient Burying Ground Association

Logo for Connecticut's Department of Economic and Community Development: State Historic Preservation Office