Michigan History Museum - Michigan Freedom Trail Commission Heritage Gathering

Date:  October 02, 2021  
Time:  09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Location: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Contact: Sheri Giffin, Executive Secretary 517-335-2591

A statue features people being led to safety. A man and woman stand in front of them.

The Heritage Gathering is an annual conference for individuals, organizations and communities interested in our state's Underground Railroad heritage. Participants enjoy opportunities for learning, networking and collaborating through the conference's keynote speakers, workshops and presentations.

The annual day-long conference program will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 2 at the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. 

Like previous year, the day is aimed at networking, information sharing, and developing our next steps. Join us and become part of the conversation!

Schedule at a Glance

  • 9:00 - 9:30 - Welcome
  • 9:30 - 10:45 - Resources for the Study of the Underground Railroad at the Clements Library
  • 11:00 - 12:00 - How to Create an Equitable Narrative Infrastructure around the History of the UGRR
  • 12:00 - 1:00 -  Lunch / Networking
  • 1:15 - 2:00 - An Odawa Tale about Michigan's Underground Railroad by Roy E. Finkenbine
  • 2:15 - 3:00-  Freedom is the Foundation: Five Black Detroit Institutions That Come From the Underground Railroad by Jamon Jordan
  • 3:15 - 4:00 - Living in Plain Sight by Laurie Perkins
  • 4:00 - 4:30 Open Discussion: Traveling Exhibition ~ Along the River and Across the State
  • 4:30 - Closing remarks


Registration for the day is $12, and includes a boxed lunch.  Register now at Eventbrite. 

We invite you to explore our online calendar, where you'll find all Michigan History Center events throughout the state.

Updated 08/19/2021