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National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

In 2002, the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library was designated a Freedom Station with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati. The library joins Youngstown State University and the Western Reserve Historical Society as Freedom Stations in the region.

The library has sought to offer community programming relating to local Underground Railroad activities to further understanding of the part played by local individuals in the dangerous role of "conductor" along the Railroad. Children's programs have also been offered, with guest readers sharing Underground Railroad stories.

The Main Library is home to the Sutliff Museum of the Warren Library Association, a private group that manages the museum and supports library services. The Abolitionist activities of the Sutliff family are being chronicled, and a display is located outside of the museum on the second floor of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library.

Avenues for future collaboration between the library and the Freedom Center include:

Offering Freedom Station program access to library customers via passwords from library computer terminals. Curriculum materials are currently under development for the Freedom Station program.
Continuing to host programming and research into Underground Railroad activities in Northeastern Ohio.
Promoting the Abolitionist activities of the Sutliff family.
Exploring joint programming activities with the Freedom Center.

"We are very proud to become a Freedom Station," said Library Director Robert D. Briell. "I think that future collaborative activities with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will serve to continue the spread of knowledge about regional Abolitionist activities. Important activities like these from our historic past must be shared within our community as well as on a larger scale, and archived for the future."

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati teaches how to understand freedom in our daily lives. In 2004, the Freedom Center's 158,000 square foot, $110 million complex opened. It houses a performance theater, a hall for multi-cultural dialogue, six highly interactive history galleries, an education and research center, and serves as headquarters for a national network of Freedom Station affiliates.

For more information, visit the  National Underground Railroad Freedom Center's website.

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