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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 the spring of 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 are scheduled for Wednesday, January 31 from 1 – 4 p.m. in Easton, Wednesday, February 21 in Baltimore, and Wednesday, March 21 in Hughesville.

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.

With heritage area grant proposal deadlines just around the corner, there is an opportunity for sites in your area to apply for heritage area funds to support scholarship for Underground Railroad research and consultants to write Network to Freedom nominations.

We welcome you to join us. Spread the word with potential sites, researchers and programs in your area! RSVP to Anne Kyle (anne.kyle@maryland.gov , 410 767-0696 or register  via the form below).

Additional workshops will be offered in Western Maryland. Stay tuned for more information.