Some of the youth from the URHPCR Young Abolitionists participated in the Civil War Encampment at Schuler Flatts this weekend. We also had a table at the event where we passed out lots of literature about the Underground Railroad and our organization. Our approach to the UGRR stresses documentation, local people, and African American abolitonists, which is different from what most others do. The young people joined in with the other re-enactors. We have been developing a unit re-enacting the 26th USCT Infantry. Our youths joined in with the NY 125th Infantry volunteers for this weekend.
Bring Your Students to The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence
A transformative and inspiring place to engage with the real story of the Underground Railroad movement and its relevance for today. Funding to support bus transportation and admission costs is available through Ticket to Ride, a program of The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, and through Teaching the Hudson Valley Explore Awards. For a one hour experience, students are $5 each, with one free adult for every 10 students. Additional adults are $10 each.
Young Abolitionist Leadership Institute
This interdisciplinary learning experience creates a hands-on introduction to careers in a variety of fields, including but not limited to history, the arts, museum education, preservation, archaeology, photography, and horticulture. Through research and project based activities, students learn about the inspiring work of local abolitionists as they collaborate in the creation of professional public presentations showcasing what they have learned at The Leadership Institute. This innovative summer institute is an opportunity for teens to not simply learn about, but to re-create, a ‘sense’ for the past and its relevance today while becoming agents of change for a more equitable and just society.
Video: Young Abolitionist Leadership Institute (YALI) Summer 2022
A mini documentary of our summer program. Photos and video shot and directed by program participant, Jaidyn R.
Video: YALI Summer 2021
Students create black history board game, graphic novel
The Albany Times Union – August 9, 2018 (updated August 14) – Lynda Edwards