Eligible Indiana students in grades 7-12 will be chosen to attend a youth summit about the Underground Railroad. The youth summit will be held October 4-6, 2013 and scholarships - which will cover the students' travel, hotel accommodations and meals - will be awarded. In addition, some educators will be selected to accompany the students at no charge.
Students and educators will depart Indianapolis on Friday, October 4 for a 3-day, 2-night excursion through historic Jeffersonville, New Albany and Madison in southern Indiana. Students will then be able to share their experiences during a town hall meeting October 31 at the National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference in Indianapolis, where the audience will include local and state officials and those from the tourism industry.
This Underground Railroad Youth Summit is more than a field trip, it's an opportunity for students, educators and community leaders to come together and engage in activities that relate to history, preservation and heritage tourism. History, will not only come alive for students, they will also learn about potential careers and how they can become agents for change as well as advocates for preservation.
We hope that you will share this information with students and educators.
The Underground Railroad Youth Summit is being sponsored by: National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program, Indiana Department of National Resources, Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, Indiana Landmarks and Indiana Freedom Trails Inc.