What are Facilities?
Facilities are included in the Network to Freedom for their educational, research or interpretive nature that directly related to the Underground Railroad. Facilities can include, but are not limited to, archives and libraries, research centers, museums and museum collections, and cultural or commemorative centers.
How are Facilities Evaluated?
Facilities are evaluated based on the following:
- Accuracy: source material specific to the story presented in the program on which interpretation and presentation of information are based must be delineated and should include primary materials—letters, diaries, autobiographies, official records—where possible.
- Professionalism: the Network to Freedom focuses on a professional approach to activities such as interpretation or curation that will indicate a high-quality presentation of the history of the Underground Railroad, rather than specifying staff credentials.
- Operation: all programs must be in operation and not solely in the planning stages. There must also be plans for the future.
In addition to this evaluation, facilities must also:
- Be accessible to the public and where possible comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- For those facilities categorized as research centers, (a) the center director or key staff members should have an appropriate level of training and, (b) there should be a record of operations through measurable output, such as past and ongoing production of a journal or reports.