Stephen and Harriet Myers were instrumental in the success of the Underground Railroad during the mid- nineteenth century. Today, their former residence is preserved as a significant historic site in Albany and a cornerstone of African American heritage in the Arbor Hill neighborhood.
A six-week archaeological field school is now exploring the backyards of the Myers Residence, Thomas Elkins residence, and Ten Broeck Mansion in search of clues about the lives of African Americans who helped establish the Arbor Hill community during the early 19th century and the role of prominent community leaders in the struggle for justice and freedom. The field school is a collaborative program between SUNY Albany and the New York State Museum and is being co-directed by Marilyn Masson (SUNY), Michael Lucas (NYSM), and Matthew Kirk (SUNY).
Archaeologists and field school students will be available to explain the importance of their findings to the history of Albany and the Arbor Hill community at an open house event at the Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence (194 Livingston Avenue, Albany). The open house is free and open to the public. Rain date is Friday, July 28 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.