Beginning in 2007, the Network to Freedom joined with local partners to present an annual Underground Railroad training. These training opportunities bring together a mix of grass roots researchers, community advocates, site stewards, government officials, and scholars to explore the history of the Underground Railroad. Rotated to different parts of the country, the trainings highlight the unique history of various regions along with new research.

This year’s event, hosted by the National Park Service, National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom (NTF) Program, the Underground Railroad Consortium of New York State, the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area, Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center, and Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), will take place in Niagara Falls, New York, September 11-14, 2019.

We are looking for presentations for this training. The theme for this training is “Crossings: Bridging the Authentic Underground Railroad Past to the Present. The Program Committee welcomes proposals for case study presentations. The deadline for proposals is May 31, 2019. Accepted presenters can still expect to receive notification by June 19, 2019.

For more information, including the Call for Proposals and the submission process, please visit: