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Conference Schedule

2015 National Underground Railroad Conference Schedule

Into the light: Striving for Freedom and 'an equal chance in the Battle of Life'

Hilton Head Island Marriot

1 Hotel Circle

Hilton Head Island, SC 29928


Tuesday, June 16

6:30-8:30 pm Hilton Head Island Community Event, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Shelter Cove, "Back in the Day" documentary showing


Wednesday, June 17

7:30-8:00 am Conference tour registration and check-in

8:00-5:00 pm Conference Tour 1 - "Underground Railroad" tour of Hilton Head Island and Savannah

2:00-5:30 pm Conference registration and Exhibit Hall set-up

6:30-8:30 pm Opening reception, Marriot


Thursday, June 18

8:00-5:30 pm Conference registration

8:00-6:30 pm Exhibit Hall

8:00-9:00 am Continental breakfast

9:00-11:30 am Opening Convocation, Plenary: Dawn of Freedom: Mitchelville Then and Now

(Break from 10:15 - 10:30)

11:45-12:45  Luncheon

1:00 - 2:30 pm Concurrent Session 1 Surviving in Place: Gullah Geechee Culture in the Transition

                        Concurrent Session 2 In Pursuit of Justice: Two Veterans Families and the Experience of Freedom

2:45 - 3:45 pm  Keynote Address: to be announced

4:00 - 5:30 pm  Concurrent Session 3 Stepping into the Light: Emancipation and Freedom at Two South Carolina Plantations

                        Concurrent Session 4 Freedom Seekers by the Numbers: A Data-Based Profile of Maryland

6:30 - 8:30 pm  Banquet


Friday, June 19

8:00 am Conference registration

7:30 am –4:30 pm Exhibit Hall

7:30 – 8:30 am   Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 10:00 am  Concurrent Session 5 Places of Freedom, Places of Refuge: Preserving and Interpreting Pre-Civil War African Communities

                          Concurrent Session 6 Dare to Resist: Individuals and the Power of Conviction

10:15 –11:45 am Concurrent Session 7 They Learn Very Fast: Education as a Tool of Empowerment

                          Concurrent Session 8 Against the Odds: Independent Women Claiming Space in a White Man's World

12:00 –1:00 pm Luncheon

1:15 - 2:15 pm Four Corners: An Opportunity for Informal Networking

Organizational Empowernment & Funding Strategies
Preservation: Bricks and Mortar
Youth Engagement
Telling the Story
    Heritage Tourism
    Interpretation:Programs and Exhibits
New Lines of Research
    Reconstruction: NPS National Historic Landmark Theme Study
    Underground Railroad in Time and Space


2:30 - 3:30 pm Keynote: to be announced

3:45 - 5:15 pm  Concurrent Session 9 Uncovering History: Archeology, Interpretation, and Filling the Gaps in the Documentary Record

                        Concurrent Session 10 No Place Like Home: Living Freedom in African American Communities

6:00 - 8:30 pm   Explore Old Town Bluffton


Saturday, June 20

7:30 -8:00 am Conference tour registration and check-in

8:00 am –7:00 pm Conference Tour 2 –"Legacy Tour", Charleston and Beaufort