On Tuesday 4 September we welcome Don Papson, founding President of the North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association, for a presentation on the Underground Railroad in upstate New York. Don is a retired teacher turned public historian. He holds a BA in History from San Francisco State University and an MA in Education from Northwestern University. He combines his training as an educator and his interest in history to compose essays, dramatic readings and lectures. His interests include slavery in New York and its abolition, African Americans in the Battle of Plattsburgh and the American Revolution, Mohawks in the Civil War, and the Underground Railroad. A contributor to two national Underground Railroad encyclopedias, Don and Tom Calarco are currently co-authoring a book on the Underground Railroad in New York City.
NCUGRHA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the importance of freedom to the survival of the human spirit and the Champlain Line of the Underground Railroad. Don curated all the displays for the North Star Underground Museum at Ausable Chasm, which opened in May of 2011. During its first year of operation, the North Start Museum welcomed 4,000 visitors from 23 countries.