The Historical Association of Lewiston’s next program is titled “Echoes from Chloe.” Andrew Nicholls will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Lutheran Church of the Messiah Fellowship Hall, 915 Oneida St.
In March 1793, a young slave girl, Chloe Cooley, was bound and forced into a boat and rowed from Queenston to Lewiston to be sold by her master to a new owner. Andrew Nicholls’ presentation will enlighten us on the efforts of Lt. Gov. of Upper Canada John Graves Simcoe’s influence to get the act passed to stop further introduction of slaves into Canada. This led to the start of the historic Underground Railroad and a slave-free upper Canada.
Nicholls is professor of history and chair of the department of history and social studies education at SUNY Buffalo State. He was born and raised in Midland, Ontario. He received his B.A. from Victoria College, University of Toronto; and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Guelph. Currently, his primary research interests center on early modern British history, early Canadian history, and the history of the first World War.
His books include “After the Fire: Ste. Marie-among-the-Hurons Since 1649” (co-author, 1987); “The Jacobean Union: A Reconsideration of British Civil Policies under the Early Stuarts” (1999); and “A Fleeting Empire: Early Stuart Britain and the Merchant Adventurers to Canada” (2011). He has also published numerous articles, chapters and reviews in the U.S., Canada and Great Britain. Andrew and his wife Laura live in Buffalo.
This community event is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served.