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National Underground Railroad Training Event (Niagara Falls, NY)

September 11, 2019 - September 15, 2019


2019 Network to Freedom Training

The public is encouraged to register now for programs and tours at the national Underground Railroad Event in Niagara Falls NY to be held September 11-14, 2019 at Niagara University in Niagara Falls, New York. The program will be hosted by the National Park Service, National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom (NTF) Program, the Underground Railroad Consortium of New York State, the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area, the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center, Niagara University, and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

The format for the training will be two days of workshops with four different tracks, each a half day in length. The tracks are:

September 12: The Past
History—What is the latest scholarship and interpretation of the Underground Railroad; transnationalism, the UGRR in international context, in the Atlantic World
Authenticity—Protecting the Authenticity of the Underground Railroad: Truth Combats Fiction

September 13: Present and Future
Community-Driven Economic Development—Actualizing Heritage Tourism Potential and community-driven approaches to Provide Sustainability to Sites and their Communities
Relevance, Legacy and Community Engagement–What is the Significance of 19th Century Underground Railroad History to the 21st Century; Learning Underground Railroad History and Making the Community Owners of that History; Using Underground Railroad History to Empower the Community

Field Sessions
September 11: Tour of Underground Railroad sites in Canada
September 14: Field Session: Underground Railroad sites in Niagara Falls and Buffalo


September 11, 2019
September 15, 2019


Niagara University
5795 Lewiston Rd.
Niagara Falls, NY 14109 United States
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