History Adventures Online – Underground Railroad

Join Abby and Sophie this week to learn about the Underground Railroad! Explore the lives of Harriet Tubman and Charlotta Pyles, who helped people escape slavery while living in Iowa. Click the image below to download a printable worksheet with activities that will let you dive deeper into this important history.

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Journey to Freedom


The only available time slots for this event are at 12 and 1 pm. you must be registered and arrive 15 minutes ahead of your reserved time.

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Journey to Freedom

  • Where: Wickiup Hill  Outdoor Learning Center , 10260 Morris Hills Rd, Toddville, IA 52341
  • When: Saturday, September 22nd
  • 12:00-2:30 pm
  • FREE

Experience the escape from slavery with the African American Museum of Iowa. We are excited to bring back our Journey to Freedom event which simulates the escape from slavery on Iowa’s Underground Railroad. Participants will travel back in time to the 1850’s where they will become a runaway slave traveling north to Canada. While on your journey, you will encounter costumed actors who will serve as slave catchers, overseers, farmers, and abolitionists. Some might help you escape from freedom while others may threaten to return you to bondage. Learn to survive in the wild by navigating with stars, stay hidden while speaking in code, and see if you have what it takes to make it to freedom.

Due to the subject matter, this event is best suited for children 8+. This will be outdoors! Please wear appropriate clothing, closed toe shoes, and be prepared to walk on uneven terrain. Sunscreen, bug spray, and a full water bottle are recommended.

For questions, contact Sean Donaldson at

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This event is made possible by PepsiCo, thank you.


Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre Company “Freedom Star Gertie’s Journey of the Underground Railroad”

Near life-size handheld puppets, rod puppets, shadow puppets, and hand dyed scenery tell a dramatic moving story, based on local history of a young girl who escapes from a farm in Missouri and makes her way through Iowa on her way to freedom. The piece uses a specific local and regional history references, including John Brown’s years spent in Iowa. The performance features live music with topical songs written and played by Iowa Musician Ron Hills.

Thursday, June 14th at the AAMI

6:00 pm

Admission is $5


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