Register for the June 13-16, 2016 National Underground Railroad Conference

2016 National Underground Railroad Conference
June 13-16
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa

The National Park Service, National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program and friends, will host the 2016 National Underground Railroad Conference in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, June 13-16, 2016. The theme for this year’s conference is Into the Light: Striving for Freedom and ‘an equal chance in the battle of life’.  We will explore the transition from enslavement to freedom before, during, and after the Civil War, commemorate the sesquicentennial of the end of the Civil War, and the adoption of the 13th Amendment. This year provides a unique opportunity to pause and reflect on the meaning of freedom. The location selected for this year’s conference is particularly significant since Mitchelville was established there in 1862 as the first self-governing town of formerly enslaved people in this country.

Quick Links for the Conference

National Park Service Network to Freedom Website

General Conference Information

2016 UGRR Prelim. Schedule

2016 UGRR Conference Press Release

Discounted Lodging for Conference Attendees through May 23

The UGRR block is sold out. Rooms may be available at the prevailing rate.

Hotel Registration Information at the Westin

These hotels have a discounted rate for the UGRR Conference. Reserve your room now. Availability is first come, first served.

Hampton Inn –  Sun – Thurs $139; Fri – Sun $169

Hilton Garden Inn –  20% of nightly rate ( avg $149 -179 after discount)

Register for the Conference Today!

You can also call 202.238.5910 or 202.505.0891 with a credit card to register for the conference.

Online Conference Registration information

Print & Mail in Registration form

Descriptions and Registration information for tours

The links below will provide information on airports that service the  Hilton Head, SC area.

Airlines that fly in and out of Savannah Hilton Head International Airport (SAV)

American Airlines flies in and out of Hilton Head Island Airport (HHH) 800-433-7300.

Click here for a link to K-Shuttle, the official shuttle service from the Savannah International Airport.

Additional Attractions in the area

Mitchelville Preservation Project, Fort Howell, and Heritage Library–NTF Members in Hilton Head, SC, have added several events affiliated with the 2016 Underground Railroad Conference.  Check out their website for more information:  http://www.hiltonheadisland.org/see-and-do/arts-and-culture/underground-railroad-conference/

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