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Registration

       

Registration is available through the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) at: http://asalh.net/ugrr.html

 

Registration Items

 

Early Bird 
(Ends June 20)                                                                      

Description: Includes admittance to all conference keynote, plenary, and concurrent sessions and meal functions (breakfasts, lunches, breaks, and banquet) on Thursday, July 17 and Friday, July 18. Also, includes admittance to Wednesday evening reception.

Cost: $225

 

Late Registration                                                    
(Begins June 21)

Description: Includes admittance to all conference keynote, plenary, and concurrent sessions and meal functions (breakfasts, lunches, breaks, and banquet) on Thursday, July 17 and Friday, July 18. Also, includes admittance to Wednesday evening reception.

Cost: $275

 

Teacher/Student

Description: Includes admittance to all conference keynote, plenary, and concurrent sessions and meal functions (breakfasts, lunches, breaks, and banquet) on Thursday, July 17 and Friday, July 18. Also, includes admittance to Wednesday evening reception.

Cost: $200

 

One-Day (Thursday, July 17 or Friday, July 18)

Description: Includes admittance to all conference keynote, plenary, and concurrent sessions and meal functions (breakfast, lunch and breaks) for the registered day. Does not include reception or banquet.

Cost: $150

 

Workshops

Researching the Underground Railroad

Date and Time: Tuesday, July 15 (9 am-12 am)

Location: Detroit Public Library
             
  5201 Woodward Avenue
              Detroit, Michigan 48202

Description: Learn about utilizing area repositories that can further inquiries into the history of the Underground Railroad. Presenters include representatives from the Burton Collection at Detroit Public Library, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Black Abolitionist Archive at University of Detroit Mercy, and the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan. Each will highlight their collections relevant to slavery, antislavery, and the Underground Railroad. After the conclusion of the workshop, attendees can decide to stay and conduct research in the library's Burton Collection or attend afternoon workshops on education or heritage tourism as it relates to the Underground Railroad. Price includes continental breakfast.

Cost: $25 for one workshop; $35 for two workshops

 

Tools for Educating about the Underground Railroad

Date and Time:  Tuesday, July 15 (1:30 pm-4:30 pm)

Location:   Charles H. Wright Museum of 
                African American History
                315 E. Warren Avenue
                Detroit, Michigan 48201
 

Description:  Learn about different methods to engage students in learning about the Underground Railroad through project based learning with National History Day and connecting with historic sites.  Tools for teachers such as the Charles H. Wright Educational Website "Underground Railroad:  The Struggle Against Slavery" and new Network to Freedom lesson plans will be presented. Price includes afternoon snack.

Cost: $25 for one workshop; $35 for two workshops

 

Developing Heritage Tourism Assets

Date and Time:  Tuesday, July 15 (1:30 pm-4:30 pm)

Location:  Charles H. Wright Museum of 
              
  African American History
               315 E. Warren Avenue
               Detroit, Michigan 48201

Description:  Learn about efforts in the Ohio River Valley to develop a "freedom corridor" as a heritage tourism destination.  Attendees will also learn about the vision for developing a World Heritage Site designation for the Detroit River to raise visibility and enhance tourism potential.  A group discussion will follow about challenges, opportunities, and best practices in engaging in heritage tourism projects. Price includes afternoon snack.

Cost: $25 for one workshop; $35 for two workshops

 

Detroit Historical Museum Reception

Date and Time: Tuesday, July 15 (6:30 pm-9:30 pm)

Location: Detroit Historical Museum             
              5401 Woodward Avenue
              Detroit, Michigan 48202

Description: Before the conference officially starts, mingle with other attendees and the descendants of area Underground Railroad participants, and let the backdrop of the Detroit Historical Museum introduce you to the city's rich history, and why it was chosen as the host city for this year's conference.  The museum's exhibits include "Doorway to Freedom: Detroit and the Underground Railroad"(Unveiled in November 2012). The reception, sponsored by the Detroit Historical Society and hosted by their Black Historic Sites Committee, will also include a performance of scenes from "A Midnight Cry: The Underground Railroad to Freedom".  Inspired by historical events, the musical tells the story of Lida Anderson, a young female freedom seeker, and her journey along the Underground Railroad

Founded in 1992, Mosaic Youth Theatre is an internationally acclaimed youth development program that concentrates on helping young artists excel on stage and in life. Mosaic is now recognized as a highly regarded cultural treasure for the city of Detroit and southeast Michigan. Mosaic's national and international touring performances bring recognition to Detroit as a center for arts and culture and promote a positive image of metro Detroit area youth.

Cost: $25

 

Wednesday Opening Reception (included with full conference registration)

Date and Time: Wednesday, July 16 (7:00 pm-9:00 pm)

Location: Doubletree-Fort Shelby 
             
Crystal Ballroom              
              525 West Lafayette Boulevard
             
 Detroit, Michigan 48226

Description: Kick off the 2014 National Underground Railroad Conference at the Conference's Opening Reception. Mingle with other attendees during a night of socializing, food, and drink.

Cost: $35

 

Banquet (included with full registrations)

Date and Time: Thursday, July 17 (6:30 pm-8:30 pm)

Location: Doubletree-Fort Shelby 
              Crystal Ballroom              
              525 West Lafayette Boulevard
              Detroit, Michigan 48226

Description: Conference banquet will include a plated dinner accompanied by award ceremony and performance of "The River to Cross" by Washington Productions, Inc. (WPI). Based on the true story, this highly adventurous and entertaining performance tells of the experience of William Bright Conner and his family, who were born free and traveled north, in 1849, to escape southern slavery. On a seemingly never-ending journey they face exhaustion and capture by slave raiders who want to sell them into slavery. In spite of numerous obstacles along the way, they continue on in search of a better life.

WPI is a professional theatre group based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Their desire is to create an accurate and in depth view of the African American experience through the performing arts. WPI has performed on television, stage, and film, in the United States and abroad. During the past five years they have appeared before more than 150,000 people of all ages.

Cost: $60

 

Tour 1- Journey Across Midnight: Underground Railroad Tour of Detroit

Date and Time:  Wednesday, July 16 (8:30 am-5:00pm)

Location:  Meet in Hotel Lobby (Bus Loads 8:00 am)

Description: Explore the key role that Detroit, "Midnight", played in the Underground Railroad.   Following a driving tour of important Underground Railroad locations in downtown Detroit to set the stage, attendees will visit First Congregational Church, an NTF site.  While there, enjoy a tour of the beautiful Romanesque church building, lunch, and the "Flight to Freedom" storytelling re-enactment.  At the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, tour the newly installed 22 gallery exhibition that takes visitors through time and space from Africa to modern-day Detroit.  At the museum, there will also be a special performance of Jordan Anderson Writes a Letter, sponsored by the University of Detroit Mercy, which is based on the remarkable letter of a freedom seeker to his "old master" at the close of the Civil War. A stop at Second Baptist Church rounds out the tour experience.

Cost: $60

 

Tour 2- Explore Detroit-Motown Experience

Date and Time: Friday, July 18 (6:30 pm-9:00 pm)

Location: Meet in the hotel lobby (Bus loads 6:00 pm)

Description:  Experience the music and history of the legendary Motown Studios, aka Hitsville USA. Established in 1959 by Berry Gordon, Motown's music symbolizes the impact of African American cultural forms not only on the United States, but the world.

Cost: $45

 

Tour 3- Routes to Freedom, Routes to Prosperity (includes lunch)

Date and Time: Saturday, July 19 (8:30 am-?)

Location: Meet in Hotel Lobby (Bus Loads: 8:00 am)

Description: Traveling along the Middle Rouge River, learn of the important role of the river in the African American migration story. The river, an important route to the self-determination and self-sufficiency that were central to notions of freedom for African Americans, was first an Underground Railroad route, and later during the Great Migration, as a route to economic mobility in large part associated with the vision of Henry Ford. The tour will include visits to an old mill where freedom seeker Robert Wallace worked and established one of the earliest African American Methodist Churches in Michigan, the Henry Ford Museum, and Greenfield Village. At the Village, participants will also have a special opportunity to see the Saline Parsonage, a building at Greenfield Village that is not yet open to the public, but will allow for the Village to interpret the important history of Underground Railroad.

Cost: $75

 

Affiliated Tour- The Other Side of Freedom: Destination Canada

Date and Time:  Sunday, July 20 (8:00 am -5:30 pm)

Location:  Meet in Hotel Lobby (Bus Loads: 7:30 am)

Passports or enhanced driver's licenses required

Description: While Canada was a destination for many freedom seekers, many know little about their experiences once they crossed the border. Travel to the other side to explore the lives that freedom seekers constructed.  This affiliated tour event will visit the Sandwich Baptist Church in Windsor, handmade with Detroit River clay by freedom seekers and used as a safe haven from slave catchers.  In Amherstburg, learn about Deborah Brown's escape from Maryland to Toronto in a new exhibit at the North American Black Historical Museum where the Nazrey African Methodist Episcopal Church is also open to visit.  Journey on to Buxton National Historic Site and Museum and the original site of the Elgin Settlement founded by Reverend William King to discover the history of this self-sufficient community that once boasted 2000 residents and is today inhabited by descendants of the original settlers. Lunch will be catered at Buxton.  In Chatham, the Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society exhibit and walking tour will profile prominent abolitionist and educator Mary Ann Shadd and the First Baptist Church, site of John Brown's Chatham Convention meetings.

To register for this tour, contact Doug Jackson, Ontario's Fun Connection at 877-877-0253 to pay by Visa or Mastercard. Must register for tour by June 20.

Cost:  $99

 

Exhibit/Vendor Booths

Date and Time: Wednesday, July 16-Friday, July 18

Set up: Wednesday 8:00 am Tear down: Friday by Midnight

Description: Each exhibitor/vendor will have a 10'x10' space with one 6-foot skirted table and a chair. Electricity is not provided and must be arranged in advance. Wireless internet service is complimentary. Price includes 1 ticket for the following events: Wednesday reception, Thursday Breakfast, Thursday Lunch, Friday Breakfast, and Friday Lunch. Does not include banquet.

Cost: $50 (if registered for full conference registration); $200 (if not registered for full conference registration); and $150 to purchase additional meal ticket package for an additional representative.

 

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