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Monday, November 26, 2018 - 2:09pm

Meet Jim Brock: #MyNURFC Docent and Veteran

Meet one of our fantastic docents: Jim Brock, a long time member of the #MyNURFC family and veteran of the US Marine Corps.

James Brock

Photograph: Jim Brock (right) and two good friends from his company, Clayton Barnett of St. Louis (left) and Robert Carter of San Francisco (center).

He shared these photographs with us and the story of how he got connected to the museum:

"After serving in the United States Marine Corps and ending a successful career in the US Postal Service, I had a desire to serve my community and contribute to the development of our youth. The agonizing question was where and how? Hadn’t I done enough when I enlisted and put myself in harm’s way for the betterment of our country?

Out of curiosity, I went to an orientation describing the need for an education facility where the entire community could gather under the same roof to discuss our differences and explore opportunities to alleviate those differences. The orientation was presented by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and from that point going forward, I never left. As a Volunteer Exhibit Interpreter, I now know there are new and multiple solutions to old cultural problems, and I am helping to make the difference."

We're grateful for Jim's service to both our country and our institution. We continue to honor all #veterans this month with free general admission with military ID through November 30. We hope you'll share this with the veterans in your life and come see us this week!

 

Photograph: Jim Brock in his dress blues

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 4:29pm

A Salute to Veteran John Pepper

John Pepper, retired Procter & Gamble Chairman and CEO, is an Honorary Co-Chair on the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Board of Directors and a #veteran of the US Navy. He shared this photo of himself as a young servicemen and reflects on how his military service shaped his life today:

"My 3 years of active duty in the Navy serving on board a destroyer (U.S.S. Blandy, DD-943) and outfitting PT boats for Vietnam in the Philadelphia Shipyard left an indelible imprint on my life. It put me, a shy youngster, in a position of leadership at the age of only 22. It introduced me to role models whose characters influenced my own to this very day. It taught me the values of teamwork, a commitment to be the best, and recognizing there was much I could and should learn from others. I would never have become the person I became if it were not for my service in the Navy."

We continue to honor veterans this month with free general admission to the museum with military ID, now through November 30. Learn more here.

Monday, November 19, 2018 - 3:15pm

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will be closed on Thursday, November 22 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The museum will resume normal operating hours on Friday, November 23 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Through November 30, veterans will receive free general admission to the museum. Free admission will be granted by showing veteran identification at the visitor services desk in the main lobby of the museum. We thank you for your service.

Visitors can also experience Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu, sponsored by Thomas R. Schiff, John and Francie Pepper, Macy’s, and The John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee, through the month of November. The exhibition commemorates the life and legacy of former South African President Nelson Mandela through photographs by documentary photographer Matthew Willman as he revisited many of the locations that played an important role in South Africa’s route to racial equality and Mandela’s personal fight for freedom. Program offerings include community conversations, film screenings, and Mandela Fridays – where visitors can go on weekly guided tours with museum staff. Admission for Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu is $10 per person, $5 for members.

In addition to Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu, visitors can also immerse themselves in The Rosa Parks Experience – via a virtual reality headset – and explore the Open Your Mind: Understanding Implicit Bias Learning Lab. Whether you’re staying home or traveling, we at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center wish you a fun and safe holiday season. For more information about exhibits and programming at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, visit freedomcenter.org.

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 2:26pm

Veterans Receive Free Admission to National Underground Railroad Freedom Center through November 30

Contact: Jamie Glavic
(513) 802-7355
jglavic@nurfc.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Veterans Receive Free Admission to National Underground Railroad Freedom Center through November 30

Free Admission for Veterans Begins Sunday, November 11

CINCINNATI, OH (November 9, 2017) – Veterans can enjoy free general admission to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center beginning this Sunday, November 11, through Friday, November 30, 2018. Free general admission will be granted by showing veteran identification at the visitor services desk in the main lobby of the museum.

"I served in the United States Air Force for 21 years and I personally understand the dedication and sacrifices of those who served in the armed forces," says Dion Brown, President of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. "By offering free admission to veterans, we at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, honor and thank you for your service."

Visitors to the museum throughout the month of November can experience Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu, sponsored by Thomas R. Schiff, John and Francie Pepper, Macy’s, and The John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee. The exhibition commemorates the life and legacy of former South African President Nelson Mandela through photographs by documentary photographer Matthew Willman as he revisited many of the locations that played an important role in South Africa’s route to racial equality and Mandela’s personal fight for freedom. Program offerings include community conversations, film screenings, and Mandela Fridays – where visitors can go on weekly guided tours with museum staff. Admission for Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu is $10 per person, $5 for members.

In addition to Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu, visitors can also immerse themselves in The Rosa Parks Experience – via a virtual reality headset – and explore the Open Your Mind: Understanding Implicit Bias Learning Lab.

Free general admission for veterans to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center begins this Sunday, November 11, through Friday, November 30, 2018. For more information about exhibits and programming at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, visit freedomcenter.org.

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About National Underground Railroad Freedom Center The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center opened in August 2004 on the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Since then, more than 1.3 million people have visited its permanent and changing exhibits and public programs, inspiring everyone to take courageous steps for freedom. Two million people have utilized educational resources online at freedomcenter.org, working to connect the lessons of the Underground Railroad to inform and inspire today’s global and local fight for freedom. Partnerships include Historians Against Slavery, Polaris Project, Free the Slaves, US Department of State and International Justice Mission. In 2014, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center launched a new online resource in the fight against modern slavery, endslaverynow.org.
Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 11:31am

2018 Winter Hours Begin Monday, October 1

Beginning on Monday October 1, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will be closed on Mondays in observance of our scheduled winter hours announced earlier this year. Winter hours will be in effect October - February.

Winter Hours

Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

For more information about exhibits and programs at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, visit freedomcenter.org

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 6:02pm

Mandela Fridays: Exhibition Tour

Fridays at 1:00 p.m. through December 14, 2018
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 E Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Included in general & special exhibition admission.

Join National Underground Railroad Freedom Center staff and docents for a guided tour of MANDELA: THE JOURNEY TO UBUNTU for Mandela 100, a year of commemoration engagement lead by The Nelson Mandela Foundation, challenging and inspiring organizations and individuals around the world to, "be the legacy." MANDELA: THE JOURNEY TO UBUNTU commemorates the life and legacy of former South African President Nelson Mandela through photographs by Willman as he revisited many of the locations that played an important role in South Africa’s route to racial equality and Mandela’s personal fight for freedom. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 2:47pm

Oktoberfest Traffic Notices & Street Closures

Planning to visit this weekend? Please note that Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is held on 2nd and 3rd Streets, between Elm and Walnut. The museum is open and we look forward to welcoming you and festival goers to The Banks community for a weekend of activities for the whole family. Oktoberfest Zinzinnati road closures and traffic information can be found here: https://www.oktoberfestzinzinnati.com/getting_here/hours-and-directions

This Saturday, September 22, we are opening out doors free of charge to all  Museum Day ticket holders on Saturday, September 22, 2018, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 14th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based museums.

Museum Day tickets are available for download at Smithsonian.com/MuseumDay. Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on September 22, 2018. One ticket is permitted per email address. A list of participating museums can be found at Smithsonian.com/MuseumDay/Search.

Emancipation Day: Our Future Is To Be Forever Free!

This Saturday we also join the statewide commemoration of President Abraham Lincoln’s preliminary emancipation proclamation to abolish slavery in 1862. Visitors can experience dramatic readings of the African American folktale The People Could Fly, participate in a conversation with the museum’s senior historian Carl Westmoreland, and join the screening of Civil War: The Untold Story.

12:00 p.m. Dramatic reading of The People Could Fly

1:00 p.m. A Conversation with Senior Historian, Carl Westmoreland

3:00 p.m. Civil War: The Untold Story film screening

Visitors to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center can also purchase tickets for MANDELA: THE JOURNEY TO UBUNTU and The Rosa Parks Experience. MANDELA: THE JOURNEY TO UBUNTU commemorates the life and legacy of former South African President Nelson Mandela through photographs by Matthew Willman as he revisited many of the locations that played an important role in South Africa’s route to racial equality and Mandela’s personal fight for freedom. Tickets are $10 per person. The Rosa Parks Experience is a virtual experience commemorating Parks’ historic demonstration, just four days before the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955. Tickets are $5 per person.

See you this weekend!

 
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 11:49am

Cincinnati Music Festival Route Options and Street Closures

Please be sure to plan your visit to the museum accordingly.
Refer to the following instructions for traffic information regarding this weekend’s programming and events throughout Downtown Cincinnati according to the City of Cincinnati Department of Transportation and Engineering, Traffic Engineering Division.

Cincinnati Music Festival
July 26-28, 2018

Festival 513
July 27-28, 2018

Cincy Soul
July 27-29, 2018

Starting in 1962 as an all-jazz concert, this festival has evolved and grown into a multi-day festival featuring amazing music from the hottest stars in R&B, jazz, soul and hip-hop. The Cincinnati Music Festival is held annually at Paul Brown Stadium.  This year concerts will once again take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, July 26-28.  To better handle the crowds around PBS, the Cincinnati Police Department will be implementing their Bengals traffic plan, except they will not be using the Riverfront Transit Center, which remains closed due to damages sustained during the spring floods.  Motorists are reminded of the following restrictions:

Before the concert (4-7PM):
Elm Street- closed south of Second Street
Race Street- closed south of Second Street (open to garage only)
Rosa Parks Street- closed to through traffic south of Second Street
Marion Spencer Way- closed to through traffic south of Second Street
Freedom Way- closed

After the concert (11PM-1AM)
Central Avenue- southbound closed south of Seventh Street
Fourth Street- closed between Elm Street and Central Avenue
Third Street- eastbound closed between the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge and Third Street
W Pete Rose Way- eastbound closed between Gest Street and Central Avenue
Elm Street- closed south of Second Street
Race Street- closed south of Second Street (open to garage only)
Rosa Parks Street- closed to through traffic south of Second Street
Marion Spencer Way- closed to through traffic south of Second Street
Freedom Way- closed

For more information about this event, please visit:
https://www.cincymusicfestival.com/

Also taking place during the Cincinnati Music Festival are Festival 513 and Cincy Soul.

Festival 513 is an exciting event that provides a centralized merchandise and food vending area for guests to the city and features nearly 100 merchandise and food booths.  Festival 513 is located right beside Paul Brown Stadium but in order to accommodate this event, the following streets will close on Thursday, July 26 at 10AM and remain closed until Sunday, July 29 at 7PM:

- Freedom Way- closed between Elm Street and Rosa Parks Street
- Race Street- closed south of Second Street (Access will be maintained to the Radius parking garage)

For more information about this event, please visit:
http://festival513.com/


Cincy Soul is a culinary food festival located on Fifth Street at Fountain Square.  In order to hold this event, the following street will close on Friday, July 27 at 6PM and remain closed until Sunday, July 29 at Midnight:

- Fifth Street- closed between Vine Street and Walnut Street

For more information about this event, please visit:
http://www.cincysoulblacktaste.com/
 

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 4:41pm

Confederate Currency and Confederate Memory in its Final Week

You only have until Sunday, July 15 to see the powerful exhibits Confederate Currency: The Color of Money presented by BB&T, and Confederate Memory: Symbolism, Controversy and Legacy.

Since April, the work of artist John W. Jones has been on display here at the museum showcasing images of slavery depicted on Confederate bank notes in Confederate Currency: The Color of Money presented by BB&T. These paintings gave the statement of how powerful the enslaved were to the economy of the South. As Jones says, “history informs art, which in turn artfully reveals more history”.

Confederate Memory: Symbolism, Controversy and Legacy offers insight on how the ideals of the Confederacy are still prevalent in our country today as it addresses the revisionist history and the national Confederate symbols debate.    
See these exhibits here at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center while you still can. #MyNURFC #RevealStories

Will Jones
PR & Social Media Coordinator
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
 

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 3:51pm

We Are Open on the Fourth of July

We are open Wednesday, July 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You have the opportunity to see our exhibits during operating hours including Confederate Currency: The Color of Money, Confederate Memory: Symbolism, Controversy and Legacy, The Rosa Parks Experience and The Columbus Crossing Borders Project sponsored by Catholic Charities of Ohio. #MyNURFC

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