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Gat: The Life of Gerrit Smith Miller


Join Norman K. Dann Ph.D. as he shares research for his new book, Gat: The Life of Gerrit Smith Miller

Born in 1845, Gerrit Smith Miller was reared in the waning days of the Reform Era of American history that witnessed the abolition of slavery and the birth of the women’s rights movement. Thus, sensitized to the importance of human feelings, he spent his adult life supporting the needs of people less fortunate than himself. He did so in four ways: The support of education for socially disadvantaged youth; the use of sports as a tool for human cooperation; scientific research in Holstein cattle herd management to provide affordable nutrition for American families; and real estate development in the city of Oswego. His life spanned over eight decades in which he became known for his persistence at chosen tasks, and his humane treatment of his friends and clients.

Norman K. Dann, Ph.D., is a professor emeritus at Morrisville State College, where he taught Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Environmental Science from 1966 – 1999. Living in a cottage formerly on the Gerrit Smith Estate, Norm is a Gerrit Smith scholar and author of several other books including biographies of the Smith family of Peterboro. He is the head docent at the Gerrit Smith Estate and a founder of the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Madison County Historical Society at 315-363-4136 or