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Seymour Library

The Mary Van Sickle Wait History Room provides its patrons with one of the finest contemporary collections of material related to the Underground Railroad in Cayuga County. Recent publications on the life of Harriet Tubman exist alongside primary resources on life in nineteenth-century Auburn, New York. The 2004-2005 survey conducted by the city of Auburn and Historical New York Research Associates has provided the facility with countless property listings and census records of individuals living in Auburn, New York who escaped slavery to find asylum in Central New York. These records become living history when interpreted alongside maps of the region and biographies of influential members of the Underground Railroad movement. Resources at the Mary Van Sickle Wait History Room are tactile means by which visitors can recreate the cultural atmosphere of the Underground Railroad Movement and understand its broader implications on nineteenth-century American life.

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: 176-78 Genesee Street, Auburn, 13021

Contact Information:

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Stephen Erskine

Location Type: Facility

UGRR Operatives: Harriet Tubman