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50 East Freedom Way Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 513.333.7500 www.freedomcenter.org
Fan the Flame!
There is a spark within each of us,
Prepare to be Inspired Did You Know? The struggle for freedom continues. Through our changing exhibitions, permanent exhibitions, dialoguefocused programming and educational tours, we tie the past to the present and encourage students to take action today for a better tomorrow. At the Freedom Center we believe there is a spark within each of us; a passion to make our communitiies and our world a better place for all. Whether the passion is to fight genocide, illteracy or hunger the Freedom Center serves as a beacon of freedom and inspiration. As an educator, you can help us Fan the Flame and inspire future generations.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center celebrates the legacy of perseverance, courage, and multicultural cooperation embodied in the dramatic saga of the Underground Railroad in the years leading up to the Civil War. Of equal importance, the Freedom Center uses exhibits and programs to educate the public about the historic and continuing struggle to establish universal freedom in both the United States and around the world. Our Mission We reveal stories about Freedomâ€™s heroes, from the era of the Underground Railroad to contemporary times, challenging and inspiring everyone to take courageous steps for freedom today. Education The Freedom Center Education Department brings the stories of the Underground Railroad to life for thousands of students each year. Programs include curriculum based tours that meet state and national standards, pre-visit, post visit and in-gallery lessons for students and teachers, and digital learning experiences. A Freedom Center visit will unlock American history and excite your students for years to come. Exhibitions ESCAPE! Freedom Seekers and the Underground Railroad concentrates on the period between 1830 and 1865, and focuses on the brave and clever actions of men and women who resisted slavery. Brothers of the Borderland immerses guests in a thrilling flight to freedom, showcasing the courage and cooperation of John Parker and Rev. John Rankin as they aid a woman risking all to flee slavery. The Slave Pen, built in the early 1800's, was recovered from a farm in Mason County, KY, less than 60 miles from the Freedom Center. From Slavery to Freedom portrays three centuries of slavery from its introduction into the Americas to its abolition at the end of the American Civil War. Invisible: Slavery Today offers a comprehensive examination of slavery in the modern world, explores the causes of slavery, the economic forces that have contributed to its growth, and the response of government, the justice system and the general public. Everyday Freedom Heroes celebrates individuals from all walks of life whose extraordinary choices at key moments paralleled the courageous actions taken by participants on the Underground Railroad.
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Fan the Flame!
There is a spark within each of us,
Did You Know? The Freedom Center reaches 1.3 million students annually through digital learning inititatives. The Freedom Center’s digital curriculum is utilized by Chicago and Baltimore public schools and in select suburban Atlanta school districts. The Freedom Center hosts monthly programming that includes teacher workshops, lectures, films and family activities.
Teacher Resource Center
The Freedom Center offers a variety of programs for visitors and members throughout the year. The Workshop Series allows participants to engage with Freedom Center staff and community leaders in a hands-on environment, with topics ranging from Family History to photography. Several times a year, enjoy a fascinating film with the opportunity for discussion afterwards at the Film Series. The Speaker Series brings together some of the foremost authorities in the country to discuss topics in history and things happening today. For some family fun, don't miss our bi-monthly family activities! Dramatic readings, storytellings, crafts, there's something here for people of all ages.
The Freedom Center Teacher’s Resource Center offers a rich selection of print and non-print materials, technology and services to enhance the development of units and provide supplemental sources for the classroom – all at no cost.
For more information contact 513.333.7586
Digital Learning The Freedom Center’s Digital Learning Environment immerses students and teachers in a media-rich, technology driven, global classroom. Digital Backpack Classroom The Freedom Center’s Digital Backpack Classroom is a one-of-a-kind digital teaching and learning experience for students and teachers. It provides training in the latest techniques for creative expression and digital publishing across standards-based curricular areas. This experience is great for all levels of technology experience, and perfect for STEM instruction. Participants embrace social networking technology and digital media production to incorporate 21st Century Skills for creation, innovation and digital citizenship. The end product is a user-generated, video documentary that answers the question, What Is Freedom? Advanced reservations are required for scheduling. To learn more please contact us at 513.333.7555 or email@example.com. Digital Media The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Digital Media project supplements standards-based instruction with classroom access to over 30 hours of digital video scholarship and commentary about key facts, thematic issues and enduring lessons taken from freedom struggles, past and present. These titles will excite and inspire your next social studies, history, civics, and global issues learning activity. To access the digital media go to Ohio Area Media Centers, Discovery Education, SAFARI Montage, or iTunes Beyond Campus®. iTunes® Take the Freedom Center along in your iPod, MP3 player, or listen to us on your computer anytime, anyplace. Open your iTunes store today, and type “National Underground Railroad Freedom Center” into the search window.
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Materials: • Multi-media teaching kits • Poster collections • Books, Movies, CDs • Games • Objects • Lessons and activities Technology: • Television for viewing of videos and/or DVDs • Videoconferencing capabilities • Stereo/headphones for previewing recordings • Wireless internet capabilities for visitor laptops • Computer stations with access to the Freedom Center database Services: • Professional historians and educators familiar with Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and national academic standards, and the cross-curricular applications of African American studies • Access to Freedom Center resources • Videoconferences for your classroom • A variety of teacher workshops and institutes • A site for departmental or curricular professional development sessions • Teacher Advisory Council meetings For more information contact 513.333.7586 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Historical Re-Enactors The Freedom Center’s historical re-enactors promote the history of the African American experience. Our re-enactments embody the heritage and culture of the enslaved. Our mission is to educate and inspire through the rich tradition of storytelling. We make the necessary effort to preserve the human experience of the enslaved and enlighten all people of a history that is often overlooked and undertold. Through our voices we offer respect and honor to those who endured the struggles of slavery. Contract Fees: $200 per Re-enactor (within in the Greater Cincinnati) $250 per Re-enactor (outside the Greater Cincinnati) Plus lodging/meals/travel costs There are additional fees for re-enactments that exceed 60 minutes in length. For more information call 513.333.7561 or email@example.com
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Fan the Flame!
There is a spark within each of us,
Did You Know? The Freedom Center provides on-site tours to more than 40,000 students annually. 95% of students surveyed were inspired to fight for freedom* Freedom Center tours meet state curriculum standards 95.6% positive rating by educators *Students answered somewhat inspired/ definitely inspired
Schedule A School Visit
Reservations will be accepted up to two weeks prior to your visit based on availability.
Journey to Freedom Tour (Grades K – 2) This 90-minute tour will take students through galleries and exhibits on our second floor. The tour explores historical examples of COOPERATION and PERSEVERANCE while integrating the past with the present through songs and storytelling.
Steps in scheduling your school group visit: 1. Choose a tour that fits your grade level. 2. Schedule a visit by using the school group reservation form online www.freedomcenter.org or by phone 513.333.7737. 3. A confirmation letter will be sent to you within 5 business days after your application has been received. Upon arrival, you will be asked to present your group’s confirmation letter. Guided school tours are available for public, private, parochial, charter and home school groups at 10:00, 10:30, and 11:00 am, Tuesday through Friday. Self-Guided tours may be booked any time after noon, Tuesday through Friday (noon-5:00 pm) and all day on Saturday (11:00 am – 5:00 pm). School Group Admission Students (K-12): $6.00* Chaperones (one per 10 students): FREE Additional Adults: $9.50* Half of payment is due at time of booking. *Prices are subject to change. Refund /Cancellation Policy No penalty if cancellation is received ten business days before visit. Accessibility Wheel chairs, full-time captioning on most films, personal listening devices and minimal Braille available. Lunch options The North Star Café provides accommodations for delicious box lunches. If you are interested in purchasing box lunches for your group prior to your visit, please contact the Café Manager at 513.333.7744. Gift Shop Following your tour please set aside time to visit the Freedom Center Gift Shop. Your students will find a variety of Fair Trade merchandise from around the world. Individual souvenir gift bags can be purchased prior to your visit by calling the Gift Shop Manager at 513.333.7548. Directions Driving directions and a map complete with parking information will be sent with confirmation materials.
The North Star (Grades 3 – 4) This two hour tour will take students on a journey back in time to the Underground Railroad. They will see how the North Star assisted the Freedom Seekers on their journey to freedom. They will actively learn about the abolitionists and conductors of the Underground Railroad. Early America: Geography, Economics and Slavery (Grades 5 – 8) This two hour tour is designed for students to take an in-depth look at the economic impact of slavery in the United States, as well as examine the geographical effects of both the transatlantic and internal slave trades. Students will handle objects and artifact reproductions. The Coming of the Civil War (Grades 5 - 8) This two hour tour will explore the coming of the Civil War especially pertaining to the role of slavery in dividing the nation. Students will experience a deep immersion in the From Slavery to Freedom Gallery and learn about the major historical figures and events that led to the bloodiest war in our nation’s history. Resistance: “Unfreedoms,” Past and Present (Grades 8 – 12) This two hour tour incorporates world history, geography, and American history to tell the story of global slavery. Students will learn about the Abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad, and how these examples of activism were used to end slavery in the United States. These stories of the past serve as the springboard for exploring contemporary issues of “Unfreedom” and suggest ways in which students can take an active role in saying “no” to racism and “yes” to helping others.
Quotes From Students: “I really appreciated the time and effort that you put in teaching us new, creative, and unique aspects about our ancestors who worked so hard to put us where we are now.” “Before I came here I thought that slavery was just whites capturing blacks, but when we came here I learned much more than that.” “I’m starting to realize that everyone is different in their own way, but you can’t judge someone by that standard.”
Quotes From Educators: “The fact that they got to take a virtual fieldtrip to Cincinnati and the Freedom Center was an experience that they will never forget.” “Very informative – patient – made material come alive.” “As always it was a wonderful experience. I’m glad the Freedom Center is here.”
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