The North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association is raising funds to save a slice of history.
Our goal is to purchase the former property of Quaker Abolitionist and Underground Railroad Conductor Stephen Keese Smith. See flyer for more information.

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Distinguished Service Awards 2023


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SUNY Plattsburgh honored Jacqueline Madison, president of the North Country Underground Railroad Association, and Keith Tyo, retired SUNY Plattsburgh chief of staff, with the Distinguished Service Award.

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Colors of Freedom Award 2023


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Dr. Dexter L. Criss was the inaugural recipient of the Colors of Freedom in the North Country Award from the North Star Underground Railroad. He was nominated by Aisha Stanyon. The award was presented after the gospel choir sang at SUNY Plattsburgh Community Night, September 22, 2023.

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John Thomas Brook Marker Unveiling


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The unveiling of a marker at John Thomas Brook (formerly called Negro Brook). John Thomas escaped from slavery in Maryland c. 1840 and lived near this brook in Vermontville as a prosperous farmed and respected citizen.

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Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration 2022


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Solomon Northup Day 2022


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Solomon Northup Day virtual celebration at the North Star Underground Railroad Museum. Video available on YouTube.

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Don & Vivian Papson Recognition


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A ceremony recognizing Don and Vivian Papson, founders of the North Star Underground Railroad Museum

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Tenth Anniversary Celebration


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Photos from the Tenth Anniversary Celebration of The North Star Underground Railroad Museum.

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Women's Suffrage Centennial Auto Tour


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Photos from the Champlain Valley Women's Suffrage Centennial Auto Tour. Visit
Champlain Valley Women for more information.

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Juneteenth 2021


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Photos related to the North Star Underground Railroad Museum Juneteenth celebration

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Herbert Estes Historical Marker Unveiling


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Herbert Estes was the superintendent of the Ausable Chasm Horse Nail Works Company. He also served in the Civil War and was captured in Salisbury, North Carolina. This was a Confederate prison that housed over 6,000 men. Conditions were horrible. Herbert Estes kept a diary while he was in the prison. Later, after his release, he read his entire diary in Congress.
Herbert's wife was Harriet. When the Ausable Chasm Horse Nail Works Company was operating, most of the employees were women. At one time, there were three buildings near the present house. These buildings were used to house employees. Herbert grew up as a Quaker and, according to his grandson, was an abolitionist. He was a member of the Baptist Church when he lived in the Keeseville area.

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Deed Signing


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President Jackie Madison signed the deed to make the North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association the sole owner of the Estes House. Founders, Don and Vivian Papson were present for the momentous occasion.

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Computer Games Unveiling


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Three computer games invented by Keeseville Elementary School's enrichment program students for our Children's Table were unveiled on May 21, 2019.
See Press Release.

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