UGRR booth space availablePublished 1:20am Thursday, May 3, 2012
The Village of Vandalia will hold its third annual “Underground Railroad Days” from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 23 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 24 to celebrate the history of the area and its role as an important stop on the Underground Railroad.
There will be a classic car show, arts and crafts booths and a community yard sale.
The Underground Railroad Society of Cass County (URSCC) anchors the history side of the celebration in Milo Barnes Park in Vandalia. There will be information booths about various aspects of the Underground Railroad and related topics. Tour busses will operate throughout both days showcasing several UGRR sites up and down M-60 into Cassopolis.
The Bonine House, home of Quaker abolitionist James E. Bonine at M-60 and Penn Road, will be open for visitors throughout the celebration. Vandalia Village Hall will host several lectures and presentations both Saturday and Sunday.
Activities during the week leading up to Underground Railroad Days include films about the UGRR at Cass District Library at 6 p.m. June 18 and 20; a special event at the UGRR “Safe House” at SMC Museum in Dowagiac June 19; a “Kid’s Day at the Bonine House” June 20; and a Bonine House benefit performance by noted playwright Dr. Von Washington and Fran Washington June 22.
A detailed schedule of events can be found on www.urscc.org. For more information about the car show, or to rent sale or food booth space, contact Vandalia Village President Beverly Young at (269) 476-2344.