Underground Freedom Railroad Workshops at UC Clermont
The workshops are part of the National Underground Railroad Conference.
Date: 5/24/2011 4:30:00 PM
By: Mae Hanna
Phone: (513) 732-5332
UC Clermont College will host two workshops for educators on June 14 as part of the National Underground Railroad Conference being held at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Eastgate, June 15-18. Educators can receive continuing education credits from two pre-conference workshops.
In addition, UC Clermont College will be hosting the opening reception – from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Student Lounge in the Peters Jones Building. The program will be held from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the Krueger Auditorium on campus. Entertainment will include a preview of Shane Reinhard’s new documentary film on the Underground Railroad in Clermont County. Winners of the UC Clermont College Underground Railroad essay and art contest will be recognized and the Freedom Choir will perform.
“Teaching with Historic Places,” a full day workshop, is an award-winning education program administered by the National Park Service (NPS). The program uses places listed in the National Register of Historic Places to enhance history, social studies, civics, geography, and other academic subjects. These lessons contain readings, primary sources, maps, photographs, and activities that engage students in active investigation of people, events, and places from the past. The lessons also help students make the link between local history and places and the broad themes they read about in their classes. Material developed by workshop participants will be utilized in creating lesson plans relevant to the Underground Railroad. Workshop fee is $40. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. on June 14 at UC Clermont College.
“Interpreting the Underground Railroad” is based on the philosophy that people will care for what they first care about. In other words, how do we make the resources more personally relevant and valuable to visitors. This half day afternoon workshop explores the world of interpretation through the lens of the Underground Railroad. This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of interpretive theory and practice with a focus on the quest for freedom. The workshop is ideal for those new to the field of interpretation or anyone interested in renewing their skills. Participants will leave the course with the tools to inspire their audiences. Workshop fee is $20. The event will be held from 1-4 p.m. on June 14 at UC Clermont College.
Education workshop leaders are Beth Boland, NPS historian and TwHP program manager, and Paul LaRue, Ohio high school teacher. Interpretation workshop leader is Pam Machuga, NPS ranger.
For more information or to register, visit www.ugrconference.com or call Diane Miller at the National Park Service 402-661-1588.
The annual conference is sponsored by the National Park Service, National Underground Railroad, Network to Freedom Program working in partnership with the Clermont County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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