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New director at Underground Railroad Museum

Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Madison was intrigued by the story of the underground railroad in the North Country and became involved with the museum shortly after it opened.

“Now we think of putting our views out there and talking about what we believe in, and marching and resisting, but that wasn’t the norm in that era of history.” Madison said. “This was a caliber of people who really stood up for what they believed in.”

Madison said she has some ideas for new educational programs, including more information on the website, an app and starting up a traveling museum, which will reach out to teenagers.

“It relates to them that your voice can be heard, that you can make a difference,” Madison. “They are the future, and I think if they can see that people in the past made a difference, then we can also.”

The traveling museum would be designed to be easily moved to different locations, like schools and libraries. In essence, people won’t have to go to the museum, the museum will come to them.

Madison also said there are many more stories waiting to be told in the region, and that she would like to uncover all of them.

“A lot of times we have this negative twist on history, and this is really a positive twist on history, and it’s nice to have that come out,” Madison said. “That’s what history is all about, to improve what has been done and make changes where appropriate.”

The North Star Underground Railroad Museum is open by appointment throughout the winter, and will return to its regular hours of operation on Memorial Day.

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