Freedom Center selected for “America’s Summer Roadtrip”

CINCINNATI – The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center has been selected to participate in “America’s Summer Roadtrip,” a new national event on August 1. The day-long virtual event lets viewers travel across the country and through our nation’s history with 12 live tours from 12 historic sites across the country.

“We are honored to be part of America’s Summer Roadtrip alongside so many historic sites that have left indelible impressions on our nation,” said Woodrow Keown, Jr., president of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. “We relish the opportunity to share the stories of freedom’s heroes on a national scale and hope that viewers will leave the episode inspired the advocate for inclusive freedom in their community and in our country.”

Conducted by leading expert guides, each tour will include a special behind-the-scenes look at exhibits and artifacts that guests cannot see in person. The livestream is not only an opportunity for national viewers to explore places they may not be able to visit, but also allows them to safely explore their local treasures virtually.

“We are delighted that the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will be a part of this groundbreaking new event,” explained Carrie Lund, founder and executive director of The Pursuit of History. “They will reach people across the country who have a passion for history, which helps the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center fulfill their mission, and we expect many viewers from across the country will visit in future years.”

The 12 sites selected represent many different eras, geographies and voices. In addition to the Freedom Center, the other sites participating in “America’s Summer Roadtrip” are:
Historic New Bridge Landing (River Edge, NJ) – Revolutionary War battle site and Washington’s headquarters.

The Rebecca Nurse Homestead (Salem, MA) – Home of woman convicted and executed during the Salem Witch Trials.

Faneuil Hall (Boston) – Cradle of Liberty. The site of historic meetings, speeches and debates for 275 years.

Minute Man National Park (Lexington and Concord, MA) – Site of the first battle of the Revolutionary War.

The Molly Brown House (Denver) – Famed Titanic survivor’s ornate Victorian-era mansion.
Thomas Edison National Historical Park (West Orange, NJ) – Industrial facility built by Edison in 1887 to research and develop his inventions.

Wright Brothers National Memorial (Kill Devil Hills, NC) – Site of the first successful, sustained, powered flights in a heavier-than-air machine.

American Heritage Museum (Hudson, MA) – Military history museum with extensive collection of vehicles from World War I, World War II and others.

Heart Mountain Interpretive Center (Powell, WY) – World War II Japanese American confinement camp.
Chaco Culture National Historical Park (New Mexico) – Ruins of the largest and most advanced ancient Pueblo villages in the Southwest.

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park (near Sacramento, CA) – Site of discovery that sparked California’s 1849 Gold Rush.

The event on August 1 runs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with all tours broadcast at AmericasSummerRoadtrip.org. Viewers will also find the day’s schedule and preview videos on the site. After the live broadcasts, each tour will be archived for future viewing.

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