Join Penn State Altoona on the path to freedom!
The Penn State Altoona History Society will be hosting a lecture and lantern tour on the evening of Monday April 26. Beginning at 7 p.m. in room 134 Hawthorn Building, nationally known historian Dennis Frye will speak of abolitionist John Brown's 1859 slave raid on Harpers Ferry, WV. Frye, a published author and National Park Service historian, has been featured on PBS and the History Channel in addition to serving as associate producer for the 2003 Civil War movie "Gods and Generals."
Following Frye's discussion, attendees of the event will be guided on a lantern-led tour, stopping at numerous "stations" on the Underground Railroad. At each stop, a historical vignette will be performed by period-dressed interpreters portraying figures such as Harriet Tubman, Henry David Thoreau, John Brown, U.S. Marines, and others. This unique interpretive event will include audience participation and historical activities. Comfortable footwear and flashlights are recommended for this quarter mile walk. The event will be held regardless of weather.
After the tour's conclusion, guests will be invited for free refreshments at the Laurel Pavilion where they can enjoy period music and treats. The evening's activities are free and open to the general public. Participants will begin their tour immediately following the lecture. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The tour is hosted by the Penn State Altoona History Society and commemorates the Underground Railroad as well as the Civil War Sesquicentennial initiative.