National Underground Railroad Training Event At Niagara U

The theme is Crossings: Bridging the Authentic Underground Railroad Past to the Present

Niagara Falls, NY — A national Underground Railroad training event will be held September 11-14, 2019 at Niagara University in Niagara Falls, New York. The program is 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 Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

The theme for this training is Crossings: Bridging the Authentic Underground Railroad Past to the Present. The Underground Railroad can be viewed as a migration story of enslaved people who self-liberated and claimed their freedom. Niagara Falls is an internationally-known destination known for the natural phenomenon of one of the greatest waterfalls in the world. Lesser known, but equally as powerful, are the stories of the Underground Railroad in Niagara Falls and throughout New York State. Some of the most significant crossing points for persons escaping slavery in the South were in New York State along the border with Canada. 

 The training will take place over two days and include workshops on four different tracks, each a half day in length.  Thursday, September 12 the morning sessions will address the history of the Underground Railroad.

September 13 the present and future of community economic development, and actualizing heritage tourism potential and community-driven approaches to provide sustainability to sites and their communities will be explored. Field experiences are arranged for Wednesday, September 11 and Saturday, September 14.

For more information go to NPS.GOV/NFT