Week 1 Schedule

Week 1 July 17-22, 2022

Sunday, July 17 – Registration and Welcome, Fairfield Inn New Bedford

5:00-6:00 PM Registration

6:00 – 9:30 Evening Welcome Reception and Participant Introductions. (Light refreshments & Ice Breaker) General orientation to Sailing to Freedom, UMass Dartmouth, Downtown New Bedford, and the South Coast region.

Drs. Timothy Walker & Anthony Arrigo, Project Director Lee Blake

Expectations for the week: curriculum module development

Film: Traces of the Trade, followed by discussion: Teaching the Underground Railroad, Issues and Curriculum Development 

Monday, July 18New Bedford Whaling Museum (18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA)

9:00 – 9:45 Film and discussion: The City that Lit the World

10:00 – 11:00 Overview of the New Bedford Waterfront Trades, Timothy Walker; History Department, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

11:00 – 11:15 Break

11:15 – 12:15 Guided Exhibition Walk-Through: “Sailing to Freedom: Maritime Dimensions of the Underground Railroad,” Co-Curators Walker & Dyer, New Bedford Whaling Museum

12:30 – 2:00 Lunch on your own

2:00 – 3:15 Overview of the Underground Railroad, Kate Clifford Larsen; Brandeis University

3:15 – 3:30 Break

3:30 – 5:00 Underground Railroad & Working Waterfront Walking Tours, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park — NPS Rangers

6:00 – 8:00 Dinner with Summer Scholars & Directors/Administrators at The Black Whale Restaurant (New Bedford Waterfront) 

Tuesday, July 19New Bedford Free Public Library

9:00 – 10:15 New Bedford’s African American Community Demographics and Employment Areas, Len Travers; Department of History University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

10:15 – 10:30 Break

10:30 – 12:15 Panel Discussion: Using Primary Sources of the Underground Railroad

  • Kathryn Grover, Independent Historian, author of The Fugitive’s Gibraltar: Abolitionism and Escaping Slaves in New Bedford
  • Lee Blake, President, New Bedford Historical Society

12:15 – 1:45 Lunch on your own

1:45 – 3:15 Whaling Museum Library/Polly Johnson House
Split into Two Groups:

  • Group A: New Bedford Whaling Museum Library Collections Working and Teaching with Primary Sources and Artifacts Michael Dyer, Maritime Curator & Mark Procknic, Librarian
  • Group B: Nathan & Polly Johnson House Museum Tour (21 Seventh Street, New Bedford, MA) First Home in Freedom for Frederick Douglass New Bedford Historical Society

3:30 – 5:00 Groups A & B switch places and rotate program activity

5:00 – 7:30 Dinner on your own

7:30 – 8:30 Concert – Music of the Underground Railroad, Folklorist and musician Reggie Harris at the Rotch-Jones-Duff House Museum 

Wednesday, July 20 – Boston, Massachusetts (full day)

8:00 a.m. Meet in the Lobby of the Fairfield Inn, New Bedford. Board the bus for Boston.

Film on the bus: William Still and the Underground Railroad


Trip back: Master teacher discussion of UGRR curriculum techniques Evening:

6:30 p.m. Arrive back in New Bedford.

Thursday, July 21New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park

9:00 – 10:30 Teaching the Underground Railroad: Primary Sources and Curriculum Development Guidelines for Classroom Projects, Master K-12 Teachers Jeffrey Peterson and Polly Zajac

  • Split into groups by grade: Elementary, Middle, or High School

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:15 New Bedford Walking Tour – US Park Service

12:15 -1:45 Lunch Social (sponsored at the New Bedford Friends Meeting House, 83 Spring St, New Bedford, MA)

2:00 – 5:00 Museum Visiting Time (unstructured; self-directed) New Bedford Whaling Museum and Rotch-Jones-Duff House Museum

5:00 – 7:00 Dinner on your own

7:00 – 9:00 New Bedford 50s Night

Friday, July 22 – New Bedford Free Public Library (613 Pleasant Street, New Bedford, MA)

9:00-10:30 The Coastal Trades and Underground Railroad Routes, David Cecelski, Independent Historian

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:15 Virginia’s Waterways to Freedom: Escapes from ‘Worthless Sots’
and Other Tales
, Cassandra Newby-Alexander, Norfolk State University, Virginia

12:15-12:45 Lunch on your own

12:45-1:30 Classroom Projects and Presentations by Participants

1:45-2:00 Wrap-up: Discussion and program evaluations

Week 1 Transportation/Accommodations Spreadsheet Link

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