4/15/2015

Freedom's Frontier offers Interpreting Slavery Workshop

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area News Release


Contact: Sonia J. Smith, Marketing Manager
(785) 856-5304, ssmith@freedomsfrontier.org
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Contact: Elizabeth Hobson, Education & Interpretation Manager
(785) 856-2333, ehobson@freedomsfrontier.org



Freedom's Frontier offers Interpreting Slavery Workshop

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area, University of Missouri-Kansas City's Center for Midwestern Studies, Wornall/Majors House Museums, and the Tracing Center on Histories and Legacies of Slavery are offering a full day workshop on slavery interpretation best practices.

The Interpreting Slavery Workshop presenters will share best practices for connecting to and extending a historical site's interpretation of its history of slavery, including training to help staff achieve a greater understanding of difficult knowledge and how to navigate complicated emotions. The workshop explores the history of small-scale slavery in Missouri, the broader context of slavery in U.S. history, and ways to create a comprehensive and conscientious interpretation of this intricate and often misunderstood history.

Interpreting Slavery Workshop will be held Monday, May 11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Alexander Majors Barn, 8201 State Line Rd., Kansas City, MO, 64114. A $25 registration fee includes the workshop materials, lunch and a copy of On Slavery's Border: Missouri's Small Slaveholding Households, 1815-1865, by Dr. Diane Mutti-Burke, one of the workshop presenters. The workshop is open to the public. Workshop attendees do not have to be partners of Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area, or have connections to any historical site. 

For more information about registration, questions about the workshop, or to make arrangements to pick up your copy of On Slavery's Border prior to the workshop, contact Elizabeth Hobson: ehobson@freedomsfrontier.org, or call her at (785) 856-2333.

Register for the workshop online at https://freedomsfrontier.givezooks.com/events/workshop-on-slavery-interpretation. When you register for the workshop online, you may also choose to have your copy of On Slavery's Border shipped to you. Workshop registration closes on April 27.

Workshop Presenters
Diane Mutti Burke is an Associate Professor of History and director of the Center for Midwestern Studies at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. She is the author of On Slavery's Border: Missouri's Small-Slaveholding Households, 1815-1865 and the co-editor of Bleeding Kansas, Bleeding Missouri: The Long Civil War on the Border.

The Tracing Center on Histories and Legacies of Slavery was founded in 2009 to build on the work completed in the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary, Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North. The mission of the Tracing Center is "to create greater awareness of the full extent of the nation's complicity in slavery and the transatlantic slave trade and to inspire acknowledgement, dialogue and active response to this history and its many legacies. We do this for the purpose of racial justice, healing, and reconciliation, for the benefit of all." Find more information about the Tracing Center at http://www.tracingcenter.org/.

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area was established as a national heritage area in 2006. There are 29 eastern Kansas, and 12 western Missouri counties in the heritage area, which interprets, preserves, conserves history through education for all residents and visitors. The three major themes of Freedom's Frontier are: the shaping of the frontier, the Missouri-Kansas Border War, and the enduring struggle for freedom. Visit http://freedomsfrontier.org/ for more information, to register for the workshop, or to request a heritage area map.

While on the Freedom's Frontier Web page, click on the "Places to See" tab for a list of partnering organizations, inlcuding the Wornall/Majors House Museums (listed under John Wornall House Museum), or visit the museum page at http://www.wornallmajors.org/.

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Heritage Area Fast Facts
Mission: Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area (FFNHA) is dedicated to building awareness of the struggles for freedom in western Missouri and eastern Kansas. These diverse, interwoven, and nationally important stories grew from a unique physical and cultural landscape. FFNHA inspires respect for multiple perspectives and empowers residents to preserve and share these stories. We achieve our goals through interpretation, preservation, conservation, and education for all residents and visitors.

Kansas Counties: Allen · Anderson · Atchison · Bourbon · Chautauqua · Cherokee · Clay · Coffey · Crawford· Douglas · Franklin · Geary · Jackson · Jefferson · Johnson · Labette · Leavenworth · Linn · Miami · Montgomery · Neosho · Osage · Pottawatomie · Riley · Shawnee · Wabaunsee · Wilson · Woodson · Wyandotte

Missouri Counties: Barton · Bates · Buchanan · Cass · Clay · Jackson · Johnson · Lafayette · Platte · Ray · St. Clair · Vernon

Established: October 12, 2006

Web site: www.freedomsfrontier.org

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