February 19, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
4450 Fieldston Rd
Bronx, NY 10471
Most weeks, voluntary donations are split between the work of the Society and an organization whose work in the world honors human worth.

Ellen Spindler will speak about the Underground Railroad, including research into her ancestor the Rev. James Gilliland, his role in the Underground railroad in Ohio, and an important anti-slavery letter he wrote in 1830. 
She will also talk about a newly discovered letter from 1850 documenting an escape assisted by Williams Bowne Parsons, a descendant of John Bowne from the archives of the Bowne House in Flushing, Queens. http://bownehouse.org/

Ellen Spindler, member of RYSEC, is a former RYSEC Board member, and volunteer at the Bowne House. She graduated from Macalaster College in 1979, the University of Southern Califoria Law Center in 1982, and obtained an L.L.M., from NYU Law School in 1995.  She practiced Law in New York City for 27 years, including working as an Assistant District Attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Assistant Counsel at the Board of Standards and Appeals, New York City’s zoning board, and as partner at two private law firms. Ellen was active at the New York Society for Ethical Culture from 1982-1990 and served on its Board of Trustees. She is currently retired. 


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