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Abolitionist Map

Posted by on Jun 21st, 2015 in Lane Trail Blog | 0 comments

Lane trail 2 websiteA year or so back, American Experience did a series titled, The Abolitionists. They included a very cool and interesting interactive map. If you are traveling this summer and want to visit some sites, check out the map. I have attached a link. At each site, local historians contributed information about the area. For the Western route, I uploaded several clips from my film Freedom Seekers for sites in Kansas and Nebraska. I highly recommend a tour of the Western Underground Railroad from Mound City, Kansas north to Nebraska City, NE and then east though Tabor Iowa. Iowa has several well preserved sites. ugrIowa

National Underground Railroad Conference Cancelled

Posted by on Jun 19th, 2015 in Lane Trail Blog | 0 comments

gateway to freedom book2015 National Underground Railroad Conference Canceled until further notice 
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Into the Light:  Striving for Freedom and “an equal chance in the battle of life”

June 17-20-2015

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Due to a number of reasons, the National Underground Railroad Conference scheduled to be held this year at Hilton Head Island in South Carolina has been cancelled until further notice.  An explanation of the situation from Diane Miller, National Program Manager for the NPS Network to Freedom can be found below.  Just click on the image. notice-2015-conference-postponed (1)


Mayhew Cabin

Posted by on Jun 19th, 2015 in Events, Lane Trail Blog | 0 comments

Mayhew 5Reminder the Mayhew Cabin Juneteenth celebration is coming. The Mayhew Cabin will host its annual Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 27th from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Juneteenth is the oldest known holiday that commemorates the end of American slavery. The event will include living history demonstrations, music programs, and Civil War reenactors throughout the day. At 11 a.m. Abraham Lincoln reenactor Lee Williams will do a first person presentation of the President. Then at 2 p.m., Charles Pace, nationally known speaker, will present a first person program as Frederick Douglass. This program is funded in part by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. In addition, the museum will host a reception Friday night, June 26 at 6:30 p.m. with a program about the history of Juneteenth. The entire event will take place on the museum grounds located at 2012 4th Corso in Nebraska City, NE. Admission to the event is free. For more information, please email or call us at 402-873-3115.