Gateway to Freedom | Keeseville Column

I am happy to report that the North Star Underground Railroad Museum has opened this past weekend for its fourth season. For those unfamiliar with this wonderful museum here is the information from the museum: The museum exhibits portray compelling stories of freedom seekers (former slaves) who passed through Northeastern New York and the Champlain Valley, many of them going to Quebec and Ontario, Canada. Displays include a multimedia production of the story of John Thomas and his family. Thomas escaped from the cruelties of slavery in Maryland and settled on his own Adirondack mountain farm. Another exhibit shows how the debate over slavery divided many of our churches. A leg iron found hidden in a nearby Quaker home is the centerpiece in this room. A regional exhibit will identify safe-houses and illuminate the lives of men and women who represented every stage of the antislavery struggle - from petitions to war. The Champlain Line of the Underground Railroad encompassed the Upper Hudson River, the Champlain Canal, and Lake Champlain. Freedom seekers (former slaves) who reached these waterways took steamboats, barges and canal boats as part of their northward journey. Stagecoach and railroad lines from New York City and New England provided land routes into the region. Lake Champlain was a Gateway to Freedom. The museum also has a gift shop which contains an extensive selection of books and DVDs on the Underground Railroad in the Lake Champlain area. The museum will be opened daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from May 3 thru the end of October. Admission is free but donations are gratefully appreciated. WIRY (1340 AM dial) and the North Country Honor Flight have teamed up to present very interesting biographies of our local World War II Veterans narrated by Danny Kaifetz spoken as if he was a WWII news correspondent reported live with actual battle sounds. The broadcasts will occur every Sunday at 12:30 for the next six months.

Visit my website at www.kylempage.wordpress.com for more details as well as links to my column here and other writings I have. Have a great week.

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