"The Underground Railroad in Indiana"
Monday, September 12, 2011
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
VCPL Rooms A, B & C
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
The UGRR was neither underground nor a railroad. Instead, it was a network of individuals and communities that helped fugitive slaves try to gain their freedom by fleeing north into states that did not allow slavery or into Canada. The UGRR was most active in Indiana between 1830 and 1865.
Every Indiana community has oral histories about those individuals who participated in the Underground Railroad (UGRR), but the nature of the network sometimes makes it difficult to find evidence to substantiate the stories.
A statewide initiative, the Indiana Freedom Trails, is working to confirm and document sites that can be definitively linked to the UGRR. Every day, researchers comb the archives in small historical societies looking for information about Indiana’s involvement in the Underground Railroad.
Jeannie R. Regan-Dinius will discuss Indiana’s role in the events relating to the UGRR, talk about documenting stories, and offer suggestions for further research on the UGRR at the local level.
Jeannie is Director of Special Initiatives for the Indiana DNR, Division of Historic Preservation & Arch Archaeology. She has life-long interest in history, family history and research. She received her BS degree in Public History from Ball State University and her Masters degree from Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis.