January 24, 2013
Westerville, OH—Otterbein University will host a lecture about Ohio’s Underground Railroad at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10, at Riley Auditorium in the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. The lecture is open to the public. Tickets are available at the door and cost $10 for general admission and free for students. Free refreshments and tours of the Hanby House will follow the lecture.
Most Westerville residents live near a trail or building used as a part of the Underground Railroad and don’t know it. Many residents frequently pass the Hanby House on West Main Street, not knowing it was a key stop on Ohio’s Underground Railroad. Cathy Nelson of the Ohio Humanities Council will discuss the history of the buildings that served as stops along Ohio’s Underground Railroad and the trails that crisscrossed Ohio, allowing slaves to reach safety.
Nelson is the founder and president emeritus of the Friends of Freedom Society, whose main focus is Underground Railroad research, and founder of the Ohio Underground Railroad Association. She also serves on the Ohio Historical Board of Trustees. Nelson is a living history interpreter and Civil war re-enactor and has been featured in numerous local, state and national publications and broadcasts. In 2003, she was inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame.
This special history program is sponsored by Otterbein’s Friends of the Courtright Memorial Library. For more information, contact Library Director Lois Szudy at LSzudy@otterbein.edu.