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Join Us for a Network to Freedom Nomination Workshop

The Maryland Office of Tourism and the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program are hosting workshops during 2018 on how to write a successful Network to Freedom nomination. This is an opportunity to promote Underground Railroad sites in your county through the Maryland Office of Tourism. Workshops have been held in Easton, Baltimore, and in Hughesville. Another workshop will be scheduled for the fall in Western Maryland. Please check back for additional information.

At the workshop, you can learn about the Network to Freedom and benefits of membership, receive instruction on how to write a successful nomination for your site, program or facility and learn how to use archival collections to uncover Underground Railroad stories. There will be ample time to ask research experts questions and get support in developing your own site nomination.

Become part of the network of Underground Railroad sites in Maryland in time for the Maryland Office of Tourism’s enhanced marketing and promotion. By early 2019, we will launch an Underground Railroad web page with a new video that highlights Maryland’s unique Underground Railroad stories. The web page will include an interactive map featuring all Network to Freedom sites, programs and facilities in Maryland open to the public.

With renewed interest in the Underground Railroad, this is an opportune time to get your sites included in the Network to Freedom and promoted by the Maryland Office of Tourism. We have a goal of 20 new sites by 2020. This will keep Maryland’s prominent place as the best Underground Railroad story-telling destination.

The nomination process is designed to be completed by laypeople. However, if you would like to hire an historian or consultant to complete the nomination, conduct research and find documentation to support the nomination, these activities are reimbursable through the County Destination Marketing grants available to county tourism marketing organizations.

We welcome you to join us. Spread the word with potential sites, researchers and programs in your area! Contact Anne Kyle (anne.kyle@maryland.gov, 410 767-0696) for more information.

A Network to Freedom Nomination Workshop will be scheduled for the fall of 2018 in Western Maryland. Please check back at a later date or contact Anne Kyle (anne.kyle@maryland.gov, 410 767-0696) for more information.