The Center for AntiSlavery Studies


Public is invited to discuss the local history project
"The Place I Call Home: Northeastern Pennsylvania's Underground Railroad History"

Mon., April 11, 2005
Pocono Mts. Region

Wed., April 13, 2005
The Valley Region

Fri., April 15, 2005
Endless Mts. Region


The Center for Anti-Slavery Studies and Keystone College invite the public to a series of Town Meetings to discuss the local history project, The Place I Call Home: Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Underground Railroad History. The multi-county project will spend the next few years researching and interpreting the under-told role that Northeastern Pennsylvania played in the national Anti-Slavery movement.

The Town Meetings will introduce the project’s goals, timeline and outcomes, and invite public participation in the research process. Admission is free to the Town Meetings.

Due to the large geographic area of Northeastern PA, the project team will offer the same session on three different nights - once in each of three regions. See below for the date and location of the session in your region.


Due to the large geographic area being covered, three sessions will be offered - one for each region. The same session is being provided to each region.

(Monroe, Pike & Wayne Counties)

Date: Monday, April 11, 2005
Location: Western Pocono Community Library
2000 Pilgrim Way, Broadheadsville PA 18322
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Hosted by the: Monroe County Historical Society
Printer-friendly: Poconos press release
Poconos meeting flyer

(Carbon, Lackawanna & Luzerne Counties)

Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Location: The Houlihan-McLean Center, University of Scranton Campus
Corner of Mulberry St. and Jefferson Ave, Scranton PA 18510
Time: 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Hosted by the: Lackawanna County Historical Society
Printer-friendly: Valley Region press release
Valley Region meeting flyer

(Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna & Wyoming Counties)

Date: Friday, April 15, 2005
Location: St. Paul's Episcopal Church
60 Church Street, Montrose PA 18801
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Hosted by the: Susquehanna County Historical Society
Printer-friendly: Endless Mountains press release
Endless Mountains meeting flyer


All are invited to attend these sessions free of charge.
It is politely requested that you register in advance.

For more info or to register, please email or call
877-772-6084 or

Special thanks

To the hosts of these special Town Meetings:
Susquehanna County Historical Society
Monroe County Historical Society
Lackawanna County Historical Society

To the Funding Partners for "The Place I Call Home":
National Endowment for the Humanities
Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission
Pennsylvania Humanities Council
Lackawanna Heritage Valley
Endless Mountains Heritage Region
Luzerne Foundation
Scranton Area Foundation

To our Institutional Partner for their consistent support:
Keystone College, La Plume


The Place I Call Home, spearheaded by The Center for Anti-Slavery Studies (<) and Keystone College, is a multi-year project that will research the Underground Railroad and Abolition activities of a ten county area of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Its initial Consultation Phase was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. The second phase, the Research & Planning Phase, which runs from early 2005 to late 2006, has been funded to date by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission, the Lackawanna Heritage Valley & Endless Mountains Heritage Region, and the Luzerne Foundation. This phase will assess existing research, conduct additional research, and invite public input, including oral histories and family records, to provide an accurate account of this region’s Underground Railroad “story.” At the end of the Research and Planning Phase, collected information will be formatted into a traveling exhibit, companion web-based and

“Even with a few years to research this amazing region, we will not have an exhaustive understanding of what took place here,” says project coordinator, Kim Glemboski. “What we will have is an accurate representation of the role this region played on the national stage, punctuated by specific accounts and stories. Our greatest hope is that after the project’s conclusion, each of the communities of NEPA will continue to build upon this foundation, exploring more of their Underground Railroad stories and putting those stories in context with what was happening across the region.”

Early research for The Place I Call Home seems to be showing evidence of strong African-American communities across Northeastern Pennsylvania and good working relationships between white abolitionists and black citizens. Refugees from slavery were assisted by free blacks, active Abolitionists, and ordinary residents across the area. Karen James, Manager of the UGRR Initiative for the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC), and an expert on the topic of the Underground Railroad notes that, “Pennsylvania was at the heart of the anti-slavery movement in the U.S., and a part of that movement we call the Underground Railroad. Our goal is to learn more about the role of Pennsylvanians in UGRR history. We do this by using all sorts of documents to help us find the names of the people involved or the actions of many people from different communities in Pennsylvania.”

April’s Town Meetings will give the public an overview of the ambitious local history project. Project Team members will also detail how community members can contribute to and/or become involved in the research process. “The history of Abolition and Underground Railroad activities can not be found using traditional methods of European-style historic research,” Karen James noted, “but the history is there. You just have to know where to look.”

For more information about the upcoming Town Meetings or The Place I Call Home, contact The Center for Anti-Slavery Studies toll free at <877-772-6084 or at .

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