2nd ROUND of TOWN MEETINGS HELD
Public discussed the local history
"The Place I Call Home: Northeastern Pennsylvania's Underground Railroad History"
July 25, 2005
July 27, 2005
July 29, 2005
The Center for Anti-Slavery Studies and Keystone College invited the public to a series of Town Meetings to discuss the local history project, The Place I Call Home: Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Underground Railroad History. The multi-county project will spend the next few years researching and interpreting the under-told role that Northeastern Pennsylvania played in the national Anti-Slavery movement.
This was the second of three Town Meetings which invite public discussion and participation in the research process. Admission was free to the Town Meetings.
Due to the large
geographic area of Northeastern PA, the project team offered the
same session on three different nights - once in each of
three regions. See below for the date
and location of the session that was held in your region.
DATES & LOCATIONS
Due to the large geographic area being covered, three sessions were offered - one for each region. The same session was provided to each region.
THE VALLEY REGION
(Carbon, Lackawanna & Luzerne Counties)
Date: Monday, July 25, 2005
Location: King's College Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center
Off North Main & Jackson Streets, Wilkes-Barre PA
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Hosted by the: Luzerne County Historical Society
POCONO MOUNTAIN REGION
(Monroe, Pike & Wayne Counties)
Date: Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Location: The Wayne County Visitors Center
303 Commercial Street, Honesdale PA 18431
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Hosted by the: Wayne County Historical Society
ENDLESS MOUNTAINS REGION
(Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna & Wyoming Counties)
Date: Friday, July 29, 2005
Location: Father Nalin Hall, Behind Nativity BVM Church
99 East Tioga Street, Tunkhannock PA 18657
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Hosted by the: Wyoming County Historical Society
The Place I Call Home, spearheaded by The Center for Anti-Slavery Studies (CASS) and Keystone College, is a multi-year project that will research the Underground Railroad and Abolition activities of a ten county area of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Its initial Consultation Phase was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. The second phase, the Research & Planning Phase, which runs from early 2005 to late 2006, has been funded to date by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission, the Lackawanna Heritage Valley & Endless Mountains Heritage Region, Scranton Area Foundation and the Luzerne Foundation. This phase will assess existing research, conduct additional research, and invite public input, including oral histories and family records, to provide an accurate account of this region’s Underground Railroad “story.” At the end of the Research and Planning Phase, collected information will be formatted into a traveling exhibit, companion web-based and DVD resources and curriculum materials, and a “how-to” guide for conducting Underground Railroad research. “Even with a few years to research this amazing region, we will not have an exhaustive understanding of what took place here,” says project coordinator, Kim Glemboski.
“What we will have is an accurate representation of the role this region played on the national stage, punctuated by specific accounts and stories. Our greatest hope is that after the project’s conclusion, each of the communities in NEPA will continue to build upon this foundation, exploring more of their Underground Railroad stories and putting those stories in context with what was happening across the region.” Early research for The Place I Call Home seems to be showing evidence of strong African-American communities across Northeastern Pennsylvania and good working relationships between white abolitionists and black citizens. Refugees from slavery were assisted by free blacks, active Abolitionists, and ordinary residents across the area. Karen James, Manager of the UGRR Initiative for the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC), and an expert on the topic of the Underground Railroad notes that, “Pennsylvania was at the heart of the anti-slavery movement in the U.S., and a part of that movement we call the Underground Railroad. Our goal is to learn more about the role of Pennsylvanians in UGRR history. We do this by using all sorts of documents to help us find the names of the people involved or the actions of many people from different communities in Pennsylvania.” Town Meetings will give the public an overview of the ambitious local history project and a way to become involved in preserving their local history. Project Team members will detail how community members can contribute to and/or become involved in the research process. “The history of Abolition and Underground Railroad activities can not be found using traditional methods of European-style historic research,” Karen James noted, “but the history is there. You just have to know where to look.”
For more information about the upcoming Town Meetings or The Place I Call Home, contact The Center for Anti-Slavery Studies toll free at 877-772-6084, or at firstname.lastname@example.org .