Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region

  • Albany, NY
  • undergroundrailroadhistory.org

Mission Statement

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.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Underground Railroad Public History Conference
  3. Young Abolitionist Teen Scholars' Institute
  4. Restoration of the Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

While our primary work involves the Capital District of New York State our conference program attracts scholars and researchers from across the country and participants from across the country. Our youth programs serve primarily the Capital Region of New York State. We conduct education and outreach that reaches out across the United States and internationally.

ruling year

2004

Executive Director since 2016

Self-reported

Ms. Mary Liz Stewart

Co-founder

Self-reported

Mr. Paul Stewart

Keywords

Self-reported

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

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.

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Also Known As

URHPCR

EIN

56-2389806

 Number

6851498955

Physical Address

194 Livingston Avenue

Albany, NY 12210

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

History Museums (A54)

Commemorative Events (A84)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Underground Railroad History Project, through its restoration of the award winning Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence and hosting of variously formatted programs, attracts a multi-age, diverse audience to engage in creative and energizing ways with empowering, paradigm-changing thinking that contributes to increased civic engagement, and a valuing of history and preservation and their relevance for us today and tomorrow.
 

Programs

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

Program 1

* An annual conference attracting about 300 persons with nationally known speakers, historians, preservationists, teachers, young people, elderly, artists, musicians, vendors and community members. * Walking and other tours in ALbany, Troy and Schenectady on the Underground Railroad. * Three times a year newsletter on Underground Railroad topics. * Talks and workshops in the community at libraries, community groups, and schools. * Restoration of Stephen and Harriet Myers National Register Historic Site - a documented UGRR site.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 2

Underground Railroad Public History Conference

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.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$30,000

Program 3

Young Abolitionist Teen Scholars' Institute

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.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$20,000

Program 4

Restoration of the Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence

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, has contributed to community revitalization, creation of jobs, and paradigm changing educational programs that engage local, state , national, and international visitors.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$1,000,000

Results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of paid participants on field trips

Target Population
K-12 (5-19 years)

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
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2. Total number of paid admissions

Target Population
Adolescents (13-19 years), Adults, People of African descent

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric

Charting Impact

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

  1. 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.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    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.

  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    UHRPCR has a knowledgeable, experienced staff and board and community volunteers who collaborate constructively to implement strategies to achieve URHPCR's goals.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We will know we are making progress as our revenue increases!
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    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.

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

While our primary work involves the Capital District of New York State our conference program attracts scholars and researchers from across the country and participants from across the country. Our youth programs serve primarily the Capital Region of New York State. We conduct education and outreach that reaches out across the United States and internationally.

Social Media

Funding Needs

Underground Railroad History Project (URHPCR) is developing a more aggressive fund development plan that will diversify funding streams, increase revenue, and expand its major donor partnerships. URHPCR is doing this so as to sustain the paradigm changing and community revitalization work of the organization. URHPCR needs to increase income so as to be able to increase its operations expenditures, thereby expanding programs and programmatic impact.

Accreditations

National Register of Historic Places

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UNDERGROUND RAILROAD HISTORY PROJECT OF THE CAPITAL REGION, INC.
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Operations

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Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region

Leadership

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Executive Director

Ms. Mary Liz Stewart

Co-founder

Mr. Paul Stewart

BIO

Mary Liz Stewart is an independent scholar and co-founder of Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc., a public history organization dedicated to the research, preservation and celebration of Underground Railroad history and its relevance for us today, with an emphasis on African American abolitionists and freedom seekers. She has been appointed Scholar-in-Residence at Russell Sage College in Troy. She has received many awards for the interpretive programming and for the restoration of The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence, a documented, award winning Underground Railroad site located in Albany, NY. She is a Commissioner on the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Yomika Bennett

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

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

Yes

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?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
Race & Ethnicity
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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
Yes
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
Yes
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
Yes
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
Yes
We have a diversity plan
Yes
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
We consciously pay attention to these concerns.