Hands-on Heritage (HOMESCHOOL): January- The Underground Railroad in Bucks County

Hands-on Heritage (HOMESCHOOL): January- The Underground Railroad in Bucks County

12.00

NOTE: THIS CLASS WILL HAVE A SPECIAL SPEAKER WHILE NICHOLE IS OUT ON MATERNITY LEAVE! SPEAKER’S BIO BELOW:

Come to learn a new/old skill! 

Tyler State Park is partnering with Nichole Gerding of Thankful Sage Farm School to bring you ‘Hands-On Heritage.’

In each of these programs, we will discuss local history in context of the season, and try our hand at some heritage skills to take home to share with our families.  

January

What: The Underground Railroad in Bucks County

Explore the historic presence of African Americans in Bucks County, from the 1700s through emancipation.  As the Revolutionary War was starting, Pennsylvania Quakers launched an early movement to end slavery in Bucks County.  This movement continued as the Underground Railroad in the 19th century. We will explore African American history in Bucks looking at manumission papers & maps and then wet-felt a muffler/scarf (used to disguise a couple who escaped from Georgia to Philadelphia) to remember this history and journey.

When: Tuesday, 1/15  1:00-2:00 pm

Where: The Classroom at Tyler State Park 

Who: 12 and up, unaccompanied student drop-off

Cost: Registration will be confirmed upon receipt of $12 per person materials fee

Speaker: Cassandra Stancil Gunkel
Cassandra Stancil Gunkel has worked with the PA Humanities Council as a Commonwealth Speaker, sharing stories and quilts that reflect Bucks County's role in the Underground Railroad. Her collection of quilts, some historic, show some of the secret ways they can communicate coded information. In this workshop, participants will use wool to recreate a part of Pennsylvania's Underground Railroad history. As a PA Council on the Arts Teaching Artist, she designs textile projects in wool, harvested from her heritage flock of Lincoln Longwool sheep, now retired to Pennsbury Manor.

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