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Chesterfield to open new visitors' center

Thirdly, the building will be used to house exhibits and office space for the North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association, a nonprofit organization that studies the way abolitionists helped escaped slaves make their way to Canada through the Champlain Valley.

Volunteers from the organization will be responsible for staffing the center, which will remain open from June through October. School groups will be allowed to make reservations for tours through the winter to view the experiential Underground Railroad exhibits.

"We have descendants of people who escaped from slavery living in the Adirondacks, and we have descendants of abolitionists," said Don Papson, president of NCUGRHA.

Although the building has no direct historical ties to the Underground Railroad, Papson said it was an excellent location for the historical exhibits because it's located between Keeseville and Peru, two crucial stops along the Champlain Underground Railroad line. Some descendants

"People are ready to celebrate this history, and we are ready to help bring it to them," said Papson.

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