Harriet Tubman in a Modern Context

Is it just us or is Harriet Tubman suddenly everywhere? We are witnessing a popular culture explosion in movies, television and social media referencing Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad in exciting and unexpected ways. How is Tubman remembered? How do we talk about her today? How do we make sense of Tubman's relationship to the world and environment in which she lived?

The National Park Service, Dorchester County Historical Society, and the Harriet Tubman Organization invite you join us in the first of the Global, Green, and Aware series of community conversations revealing modern Harriet Tubman and her life and legacy on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at the Heritage Museums and Gardens of Dorchester, 1003 Greenway Drive in Cambridge, MD. John Rudy, Interpretation Specialist from the Stephen A. Mather Training Center in Harpers Ferry, WV, will serve as our moderator.

We provide the drinks and light bites, you bring the conversation.

Learn more about the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument.


National Park honoring Tubman moves forward

Big news! We are thrilled that the U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill to create the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park! The Senate is expected to approve it as well. And once President Obama signs it, we'll have two national parks --- one here on Maryland's Eastern Shore and one in Auburn, New York, where Harriet Tubman lived for many years before her death. Read more here in this story from the Star-Democrat:

Public meeting on Tubman National Monument

Learn the latest on the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument at a meeting with Senator Ben Cardin on Friday, May 16. The meeting will include news on the implementation of the National Monument (located right here in Dorchester County, MD) and a legislative update on the Tubman Parks Bill. Open to all.

Josh Klein, the Senator's Administrative Assistant will moderate the meeting. The National Parks Service and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will make presentations to explain the National Monument implementation process and what it means for local residents.

What: Public Meeting about the Implementation of the National Monument and legislative update on the Tubman Parks Bill.

Who: Josh Klein, Senator Cardin's Legislative Assistant; Officials from USFWS and NPS Headquarters

Where: Chesapeake College, 416-418 Race Street, Cambridge, MD 21613 (map)

When: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM, Friday May 16 2014.


Moving forward on the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center

We are moving forward on the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center. On April 30, the Maryland Board of Public Works approved a $13.9 million construction contract for the visitor center, to be located in Dorchester County, Maryland, where Harriet Tubman was born. The visitor center will help people connect to the life and legacy of Harriet, who risked her life repeatedly to lead her family and friends out of slavery to freedom. The center will include exhibits, a memorial garden, picnic pavilion, and walking paths.

The Maryland Department of General Services,  the Maryland Departments of Natural Resources, Transportation, and Business and Economic Development; and hte National Park Service are collaborating on design and construction of the visitor center, which will be located near Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, about 12 miles from Cambridge.

The construction contract was awarded to W. M. Schlosser Construction Co. of Hyattsville, MD. Construction is expected to be completed in early 2016.

Read more in the Dorchester Star.


March 8 is Harriet Tubman Day in Downtown Cambridge.

March 8, 2014 is Harriet Tubman Day in Downtown Cambridge, Maryland -- just a few miles from where the Underground Railroad hero spent her first 27 or so years. Local folks and visitors alike will be celebrating the life and legacy of Harriet Ross Tubman with a banquet and the opening of a special quilt exhibition.

The annual Harriet Tubman Banquet features local historians and researchers John Creighton and Pat Lewis, who have spent years studying the history of the Underground Railroad in the Maryland and Delaware region. Harriet herself is also expected to make an appearance.  The banquet, organized by the Harriet Tubman Museum and Educational Center, begins at 2:45pm at the Performance Hall at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, 321 High Street in downtown Cambridge, Maryland.

Tickets cost $40 per adult and $20 for children 12 and under. Send a check, payable to the Harriet Tubman Organization, to 424 Race Street, Cambridge, MD 21613. Or call (12-3pm, Tuesday-Saturday) to reserve a spot at 410.228.0401. Or call museum president Donald Pinder at 410.330.1185.

After the banquet, stay for the opening reception for an exhibition of quilts created by fiber artists inspired by Harriet Tubman. The reception is free and open to the public and takes place at the Harriet Tubman Museum and Educational Center, 424 Race Street in downtown Cambridge, Maryland. The evening also is Second Saturday in downtown Cambridge, so shops and galleries will be staying open late with specials and free receptions.

The quilt exhibition will be on display through the end of March 2014.

Harriet Tubman Quilt Exhibition


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