It is nearly impossible to examine the history of Massillon without considering its daring role in the Underground Railroad. Spring Hill Historic Home and the Massillon Public Library are proud to announce that lecturer, Cathy Nelson, will be presenting on the Underground Railroad on Tuesday, August 27. The program, which will be held in the Massillon Public Library’s auditorium, is free and open to the public and will be begin at 6:00 p.m.
Nelson, the founder of the Friends of Freedom Society, an organization focusing mainly on Underground Railroad research, will be presenting "A History of the Underground Railroad in Ohio." This is the first of three programs included in Spring Hill Historic Home’s Speaker Series. This program will focus on Ohio’s prominent role as an active abolitionist state and exciting stories of the people that helped so many fugitive slaves get to freedom. “We are hoping this program serves as a way to connect Spring Hill and Massillon to what was happening on a grander scale all over Ohio during the time of the Underground Railroad,” said Spring Hill Historic Home Director, Kate Smith. “We believe that by tying Spring Hill’s involvement in the Underground Railroad to the other incidences in Ohio, we will be able to expose the audience to Massillon’s own exciting and emotional stories, like the ones that happened right here at Spring Hill.”
"A History of the Underground Railroad in Ohio" will be followed by two other Speaker Series presentations. On Tuesday, September 24, at Spring Hill Historic home, Margo Broehl will present "Triumph and Sorrow - The story of a station on the Underground Railroad." The final program, "His Promised Land - John Parker and the Underground Railroad" will be presented by Anthony Gibbs at the Massillon Public Library on Tuesday, October 29.
The Massillon Public Library is located at 208 Lincoln Way E. The Second Street entrance is handicap accessible.