On Saturday, February 19 at 2:00 p.m. in the Library Program Room, Cathy D. Nelson, Ohio Humanities Council, will present a special Black History Month program, A History of the Underground Railroad. During the 19th Century, white abolitionists and slave and free blacks cooperated to help hide and transport runaway slaves on their dangerous journey to freedom. Ohio played a prominent role in this movement, and this slide-illustrated presentation describes a history of the Underground Railroad and particular stations throughout Ohio. This program is sponsored, in part, by the Ohio Humanities Council. Registration is requested, but not required.
The Ohio Humanities Council (OHC), established in 1972, is a 501(c)(3) organization funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and private contributions. OHC’s mission is “to increase Ohioans’ appreciation and understanding of the humanities” through the Council’s grantmaking capacity and through programs developed by the Council itself. Based in Columbus but operating statewide, the Council has a small staff which provides assistance to grant applicants, oversees Council-developed programs, and promotes the humanities in Ohio through collaborations with cultural and educational institutions. The Council is governed by a 25-member volunteer board which makes decisions on grant awards and sets policy.