Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc

Learn the Past, Be the Present, Create the Future®

aka Underground Railroad Education Center   |   Albany, NY   |  undergroundrailroadhistory.org

Mission

Underground Railroad Education Center researches and preserves the local and national history of the Underground Railroad movement, its international connections, and its legacy for today’s social justice issues, thereby empowering people of all ages to be agents of change toward an equitable and just society.

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 info

2004

Executive Director

Ms. Mary Elizabeth Stewart

Main address

194 Livingston Avenue

Albany, NY 12210 USA

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EIN

56-2389806

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

History Museums (A54)

Commemorative Events (A84)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Underground Railroad History Project Programs

* Conduct an annual public history conference attracting about 300 persons with nationally known speakers, historians, preservationists, teachers, young people, elderly, artists, musicians, vendors and community members * Conduct walking and other tours in Albany, Troy and Schenectady on the Underground Railroad * Publish a three-times-a-year newsletter on Underground Railroad topics * Provide presentations and workshops in the community at libraries, and for community groups, and schools * Restoring of Stephen and Harriet Myers National Register Historic Site - a documented UGRR site * Conduct Young Abolitionist Teen Scholars' Institute annually * Host July 4th Oration annually

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Adults

Each year Underground Railroad History Project offers a diverse, multi-age focused conference exploring the story of the Underground Railroad, its legacy and its relevance for us today. The conference is interactive with offerings of lectures, dance, drumming, exhibits, hands on activities, gathering together scholars, preservationists, educators, teens, artists and the general public.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young Adults (20-25 years)
Budget
$30,000

The Young Abolitionists Teen Scholars' Institute is an inter-disciplinary, service learning experience designed for urban, suburban, and rural teens aged 14-18 years that is intended to enrich classroom learning and develop leadership, literacy and work readiness skills. Using the venue of The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence, a documented Underground Railroad site located in historic Arbor Hill in the city of Albany, the participating teens learn about local Underground Railroad history and its relationship with them today as they work in small, self-selected focus groups preserving that history in various formats, investigating its relevancy for today, and making it available for the education and edification of the general public. The design of the project offers an enriching, intellectually stimulating program that encourages civic responsibility, positive behavior choices, and racial reconciliation while building literacy, work readiness, collaboration and leadership skills.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents (13-19 years)
Budget
$30,000

Reclaiming the grandeur of an 1847 Greek Revival, three story, ten room residence that was the home of African American abolitionists Stephen and Harriet Myers, central figures in the Underground Railroad Movement in the Capital Region of New York State. Stephen Myers was born enslaved in New York State and upon his manumission in 1818 rose quickly to a central activist position among Underground Railroad activists in the Capital Region of New York State. The restoration has contributed to community revitalization, creation of jobs, and paradigm changing educational programs that engage local, state, national, and international visitors.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Adults
Budget
$1,000,000

Where we work

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

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of paid participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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.

Financials

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Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc

Board of directors
as of 9/17/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Sharon Robinson

Russell Sage College, Retired

Term: 2019 - 2020

Matt Kirk

Hartgen Archaeological Associates, Inc.

Brittany Brittany

Planned Parenthood

Yolanda Caldwell

Titus Enterprises

Natalie Criscione

Community Activist

Sam Fein

County Legislator

David Hochfelder

SUNY Albany

Steven O'Connor

Upstate Independent Filmmakers Association

Darius Shahinfar

City of Albany

Brenda Twiggs

Retired Librarian

Paul Stewart

Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region

Yolanda Caldwell

Titus Enterprises, LLC

Ron Gardner

City of Schenectady

Kai Earle Marion

C&S Companies

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and 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

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