Schedule

Sunday July 17/24, 2022

5:00-6:00 PM Registration Fairfield Inn, New Bedford, MA

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 Directors Lee Blake, Project Administrator

Expectations for the week: curriculum module development

Film: Traces of the Trade Discussion: Teaching the Underground Railroad Issues and Curriculum Development 


Monday July 18/25, 2022 – New Bedford National Whaling Historical Park

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; UMASS Dartmouth History Department

11:15-12:30 No Trains, No Tunnels: New Bedford and the Underground Railroad Lee Blake; New Bedford Historical Society

12:30-2:00 Lunch — Informal discussion and idea exchange: Participants & Presenters

2:00-3:15 Overview of the Underground Railroad Kate Clifford Larsen; Simmons College

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 The Black Whale Restaurant (New Bedford Waterfront) 


Tuesday July 19/26, 2022 – New Bedford Free Public Library

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

10:30 – 11:45 Panel Discussion: Using Primary Sources of the Underground Railroad The Fugitive’s Gibraltar: Abolitionism and Escaping Slaves in New Bedford Kathryn Grover; Independent Historian Underground Railroad Slave Narratives and Maritime Escapes Laurie Robertson-Lorant; Bridgewater State University

12:00 – 1:45 Lunchtime — Informal discussion and idea exchange: Participants & Presenters

2:00 – 3:30 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 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 — Discussion time among participants: workshop content

7:30 – 8:30 Voices of Black Abolitionists: In Prose, Poetry and Song Dr. Everett Hoagland and Candida Rose Artworks! Studio & Gallery 


Wednesday July 20/27, 2022 – Boston, Massachusetts

8:00 – 6:30 Field Trip to Boston (Full Day)

Morning: * Film on bus: William Still and the Underground Railroad

Boston National Historical Park Boston African American National Historic Site Boston Black Heritage Trail Walking Tour

Picnic Lunch at Charlestown Navy Yard (w/Program Directors) Charlestown Navy Yard & USS Constitution Tour

Trip back: Master teacher discussion of UGRR curriculum techniques Evening: Free time to relax and explore New Bedford. 


Thursday July 21/28, 2022 – New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park

9:00 – 10:15 The Coastal Trades in North Carolina and Underground Railroad Routes David Cecelski, Independent Historian

10:30-12:00 The Power of Rhetoric: Understanding the Abolitionists through text and images Anthony Arrigo; English & Communication Department, UMass Dartmouth 12:15 -1:45 Lunch Social (sponsored) – New Bedford Friends Meeting House

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 Break — Informal discussion and idea exchange: Participants & Presenters

7:00 – 8:30 Concert – Music of the Underground Railroad Kim and Reggie Harris Rotch-Jones-Duff House Museum 


Friday July 22/29, 2022 – UMass Dartmouth CVPA Building (New Bedford)

9:00-10:30 Teaching the Underground Railroad Primary Sources and Curriculum Development Guidelines for Classroom Projects Split into groups by grade: Elementary, Middle, or High School Master K-12 Teachers Jessica Ross and Polly Zajac

10:45-12:00 Sailing to Freedom from Hampton Roads and Norfolk, Virginia: Way-Points and Gateways for Enslaved Freedom Seekers – and Ties to New Bedford & New England Cassandra Newby-Alexander, Norfolk State University, Virginia

12:30-1:30 Lunch — Informal discussion and idea exchange: Participants & Presenters

2:00-3:30 Classroom Projects and Presentations Anthony Arrigo & Timothy Walker

3:00-3:30 Wrap up: Discussion and program evaluations Lee Blake, Anthony Arrigo & Timothy Walker 

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