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Underground Railroad

National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, Jenny Masur National Capital Regional Coordinator,1900 Anacostia Dr., SE National Capital Parks East Washington,DC 20020 202-690-5166

Visit the National Park Service Underground Railroad website at or visit the Underground Railroad National Register Travel Ininerary at


Arlington House, George Washington Memorial Parkway, Turkey Run Park, McLean, VA 22101. Call (703) 235-1530 or visit our website at

Every Day Life in the 1850's: The program consists of a 45-60minute long tour followed by different hands on activities relating to life at Arlington in the 1850's. These activities include gardening, dressing in period clothing and producing patriotic art. The program focuses on the following:

Life During Wartime: Arlington During the Civil War: This program is completely student driven. They lead themselves around the site in smaller groups searching for information in a kind of scavenger hunt. This program helps students to build skills in teamwork and communication as well as map reading and timekeeping. They take responsibility for their educational experience and at the same time learn how best to explore and learn from a historic site. This program requires intensive in-class preparation by the teachers to make it work. This program focuses on the following:

Catoctin Mountain Park 6602 Foxville Road, Thurmont, MD 21788. Call (301) 663-9388 or visit our website at

Close Encounters of the Catoctin Kind (Traveling Trunk for Loan) (5TH Grade, Ages 9-11) Theme: Cultural Heritage Units: Native American Indians, African Americans, Charcoal/Iron Industry, Sawmill and Whiskey Still Industries. An educational traveling trunk filled with treasures, pieces of our past, linking the local school curriculum with our park's heritage. Five discovery units, objects, artifacts, teacher background information, and suggested student activities included. Teachers are responsible for trunk pick up and return to Park. No cost.

The Blacksmith in Society (Grades 4th 08th, Ages 1-14) Themes: African American History, Environmental Awareness, Economics, Geography. The blacksmith played an integral role in our developing nation. Their services were essential to individuals and industry. Townspeople gathered at the blacksmith shop to exchange ideas, gossip, and argue politics. The blacksmith is the central figure in the package consisting of an informational site bulletin and 5 lesson plans addressing Maryland learning outcomes for social studies grades 4-8.

Lesson Plan #4 The Price of Freedom

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, 1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100, Hagerstown, MD 21742. Call (301) 739-4200 or visit our website at

Georgetown Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007. (202) 653-5190

Black Georgetown Remembered Middle & High School, 2 hours, 20 students or less. Students join a park ranger on a tour of Georgetown, stopping at sites with African-American interest. Students will explore the important role African-Americans played in the economic and cultural life of Georgetown from its beginnings as a tobacco port to the present.

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park,P.O. Box 65, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425. Call (304) 535-6283 or visit our website at

All reservations must be made a minimum of 3 weeks prior to your visit. Openings are filled very quickly, so make your reservations early. Visit the Harpers Ferry Online Educator's Guide at

John Brown
John Brown

Incident at Harpers Ferry 5th-12th grade, 60 minutes. This program discusses John Brown: his background, reasons for coming to Harpers Ferry, his capture, trial and execution, and the aftermath of his raid on Harpers Ferry.

Harpers Ferry: A Place in History 3rd -12th grade. 60 minutes. This program provides an overview of the history of Harpers Ferry. Topics covered are: Native American use of the area; Robert Harper; building of the U.S. Armory and Arsenal; Transportation; John Brown's Raid; the Civil War and its impact on the community; African American history, including the founding of Storer College and the Niagara Movement; and the preservation of this site as a part of the National Park System.

Black Voices From Harpers Ferry 5th-12th grade. 60 minutes. This program explores the lives of African Americans throughout the history of Harpers Ferry from slavery to freedom. Included are the founding of Storer College and the Niagara Movement (early Civil Rights).

National Capital Parks-Central, 900 Ohio Drive SW, Washington, DC 20024. Call (202) 426-6841 for information or visit our website at

To find detailed information on the education programs and to download the program registration form, visit and click on the educaiton program link.

I Have a Dream: 5th grade, offered in January and February only. This program introduces students to Martin Luther King's famous speech and allows them to participate in a reenactment of that day at the Lincoln Memorial.

Frederick Douglass National Historical Site, National Capital Parks-East, 1411 W Street SE, Washington, DC 20020. Call (202) 426-5961 or visit our website at

Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass

Daily Interpretive Tours - Grades - All

Greenbelt Park, National Capital Parks-East, 6565 Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt, MD 20770. Call (301) 344-3944 or visit our website at

African American Fur Trappers - Grades - All

Black Aviators Before Tuskegee - Grades 4-12

Black Siminole Scouts - Grades- 4-Adult

Mary McLeod Bethune - Grades - All

George W. Carver - Grades - All

Wilma Rudolph - Grades - All


Mary McLeod Bethune NHS, National Capital Parks-East,1318 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005. Call (202) 673-2402 or visit our website at

Mary McLeod Bethune
Mary McLeod Bethune

There's History in Things - Grades 9 - 12

Community Stories - Grades 6 -12


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