Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc

Learn the Past, Be the Present, Create the Future

aka URHPCR

Albany, NY

Mission

Underground Railroad History Project researches and preserves the local and national history of the anti-slavery and Underground Railroad movements, their international connections, and their legacies to later struggles, engaging in public education and dialogue about these movements and their relevancy for today.

Notes from the Nonprofit

The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence is a National Register Historic Site, one of 26 sites on the NYS Underground Railroad Freedom Trail, a National Park Service Network to Freedom Site, an Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Partner Site, a NYS Path Through History Site, and a Hudson River Valley National Heritage Corridor Site. The Myers Residence has been awarded the 2015 Preservation Initiative Award - Stewardship and Exterior Restoration, and the 2016 New York State Historic Preservation Award - Project Achievement.

Underground Railroad History Project is a small shop with a huge impact! We strive to create empowering opportunities for people to Learn the Past, Be the Present, Create the Future ®

Ruling Year

2004

Executive Director

Ms. Mary Elizabeth Stewart

Main Address

194 Livingston Avenue

Albany, NY 12210 USA

Keywords

Underground Railroad, African American, History, Race Relations, Reconciliation, Historic Research, Stephen Myers, Stephen and Harriet Myers, Harriet Tubman, Hudson River, Albany, Albany History, Capital Region, Upstate New York, Eastern New York

EIN

56-2389806

 Number

6851498955

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

History Museums (A54)

Commemorative Events (A84)

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Our programs

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Underground Railroad History Project Programs

Underground Railroad Public History Conference

Young Abolitionist Teen Scholars' Institute

Restoration of the Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of paid participants on field trips

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years),

Adolescents (13-19 years),

Young Adults (20-25 years)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Field trip participants include students grades 4 and up as well as youth and young adults from residential facilities and senior citizen groups.

Total number of paid admissions

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adolescents (13-19 years),

Adults,

People of African descent

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Presently one of the chief goals is the completion of the restoration of The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence. Exterior restoration has been completed, except for the front and rear entries and the addition of a lift. URHPCR is also looking to create an interpretive center in a nearby building. Two people are on staff right now but URHPCR needs to increase and sustain up to fiver staff positions. Additionally, URHPCR is aiming to increase and diversify its funding streams so as to expand operations and sustain the work of the organization.

URHPCR is implementing a fund development plan that increases major donations, capital funds, and endowment funds. Expanding grant support and memberships are additional strategies intended to help URHPCR achieve its goals.

UHRPCR has a knowledgeable, experienced staff and board and community volunteers who collaborate constructively to implement strategies to achieve URHPCR's goals.

We will know we are making progress as our revenue increases!

Staff has expanded. Board members are planning two major fund raisers. A major gifts campaign is being undertaken. Friend raising programs that generate funds are being implemented. Open hours at The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence have increased, which has increased visitation. Improved marketing strategies are being implemented.

External Reviews

Accreditations

National Register of Historic Places 2004

International Coalition of Sites of Conscience 2017

National Park Service Network to Freedom 2003

Underground Railroad Consortium of NYS 2015

Affiliations & Memberships

International Coalition of Sites of Conscience 2017

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Financials

Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

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