The North Country Underground Historical Association (NCUGRHA) was launched in 2004 at the North Counrty Cultural Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh, NY as a committee of inspired volunteers. They have celebrated the lives of abolitionists and freedom seekers ever since, with a special focus on rediscovery of the Champlain Line of the Underground Railroad. They concentrate on the UGRR history of seven northeastern New York Counties - Washington, Warren, Saratoga, Essex, Clinton, Franklin, and St. Lawrence - and contiguous areas in Vermont and Canada. They are advancing the national and international importance of this region.
The North Star Underground Railroad Museum
The North Star Underground Railroad Museum is located in the Town of Chesterfield Heritage Center. It had its grand opening on May 21, 2011. (Read about the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Peru Gazette.) The Museum reveals the hidden history of the Champlain Line of the Underground Railroad. The Museum and the Heritage Center are managed by the North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association. Poignant exhibits portray compelling stories of fugitives from slavery who passed through Northeastern New York and the Champlain Valley on their way to Québec and Ontario, Canada.
North Country Underground Historical Association (NCUGRHA)
Secret Lives of the Underground Railroad
Secret Lives tells the story of the interracial collaboration of Sidney Howard Gay and Louis Napoleon in the Underground Railroad. It uses the previously unpublished Record of Fugitives that Gay kept from 1855-to-1856 as a starting point. However, it goes much further, exploring the full lives of these men and recounting many other incidents during their involvement in the Underground Railroad. It also delineates the Underground Railroad network that they developed in New York City and beyond, debunking the view of many mainstream historians that the Underground Railroad had little widespread organization.
John Brown Lives! is a non-profit organization supporting human rights and social justice issues in the memory of Abolitionist John Brown.