Third Annual Underground Railroad Heritage Gathering Moves Online

Share or view as webpage  |  Update preferences

Underground Railroad monument in Battle Creek

Michigan Freedom Trail Commission's third annual Heritage Gathering moves online for 2020

Cover of the book, A Fluid Frontier

The Michigan Freedom Trail Commission and its partners, the Wayne County Community College District and Michigan History Center, announce the third annual Underground Railroad Heritage Gathering will take place as a series of virtual presentations on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in September 2020. 

The virtual sessions are free and open to individuals, organizations and communities interested in our statewide Underground Railroad heritage. 

This year's events, which will be hosted using the Zoom platform, include panel discussions, local research, tips for researching local Underground Railroad history and more. 

Information on the full slate of programs is below, along with links for registration. Once you register for a session, you will receive an email confirmation with the detailed event information, including login credentials.

Questions? Contact Sheri Giffin at

A Fluid Frontier Revisited: The Underground Railroad in the Detroit River Borderland
Sept. 1 @ 3:30 pm

Co-editor Karolyn Smardz Frost and three contributors will discuss the volume A Fluid Frontier and what they have learned about the Underground Railroad in the Detroit River borderland since its publication.

The Underground Railroad in Cass County
Sept. 2 @ 2:30 pm

Learn about the restoration of the Bonine House and the role it played in the Underground Railroad movement in southwestern Michigan, as well as the broader Cass County story.

Religious Motivations for the Underground Railroad
Sept. 8 @ 3:30 pm

Learn how other denominations beside the Quakers were instrumental in the Underground Railroad.

Abolition in Michigan
Sept. 9 @ 2:30 pm

Two sessions in one! Tumultuous Abolition Newspapers explores antislavery journalism not only in Jackson, Michigan, but in the larger nation. The second part of the session will review the archaeological findings near Ann Arbor that link to Michigan’s abolition story.

African American History and the Underground Railroad: A Panel Discussion
Sept. 15 @ 3:30 pm

Listen to a discussion between three academic historians about the place of the Underground Railroad in African American history.

Researching the Underground Railroad in Michigan
Sept. 16 @ 3:30 pm

Carol Mull, author of The Underground Railroad in Michigan, offers insight into sources and opportunities to aid your search for information at a local level.

Doing Site Nominations
Sept. 22 @ 3:30 pm

Getting a site on the national Network to Freedom can be a daunting task, but this session will help navigate the pitfalls and offer tips for writing your next nomination.

Teaching the Underground Railroad
Sept. 23 @ 2:30 pm

Join two educators to learn about how to effectively incorporate the Underground Railroad into the curriculum.

Underground Railroad Tourism: The Maryland Model
Sept. 29 @ 3:30 pm

Representatives of Maryland’s Office of Tourism will discuss their cutting-edge efforts to promote their state’s Underground Railroad story and how this might be replicated elsewhere.

Where Do We Go From Here?
Sept. 30 @ 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm

A live wrap-up session brainstorming with you on how to move the topic of Underground Railroad forward.

Was this email useful?

thumbs upthumbs down

The Michigan History Center fosters curiosity, enjoyment and inspiration rooted in Michigan’s stories. Our 12 museums and historic sites across the state provide family-friendly places where people of all ages can have fun actively learning about their heritage and the history of Michigan seven days a week through exhibits, special events and diverse programming. For more information, visit