The mission of the Underground Railroad Society of Cass County (URSCC) is to provide a focal point for exploration into the origins and activities of the Underground Railroad; the unique role the people of CassCounty and the surrounding region played throughout its existence, and how it impacted local, state and national history.
Preserve and restore the James E. Bonine House and Carriage House as outstanding examples of Victorian domestic architecture.
Create a museum, learning center and community meeting house as the focal point for understanding the role Quaker, African-American and other abolitionist groups played in the Underground Railroad.
Create a cultural tourism destination for Underground Railroad enthusiasts that will bring visitors and tourism dollars into the community.
Sam Adams "Wax Museum" at the Bonine House April 27, 2013
Shown here are students from Sam Adams Elementary School in Cassopolis after their performance as characters in the Underground Railroad of Cass County Wax Museum. Over 200 people toured the museum, learning about the UGRR and Cass County connections. Many of the students portrayed their actual ancestors who were involved in the UGRR. Scroll through the picture gallery below, then click for more information on the background of the Wax Museum and photos of the process and other productions. The students will perform again at the Bonine House during UGRR Days lead up week on Tuesday, July 9th 1-3pm
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The Village of Vandalia, MI and the Underground Railroad Society of Cass County (URSCC) will sponsor the 4th annual Underground Railroad Days Saturday July 13 from 10am to 7pm and Sunday July 14 from 11am to 5pm in Vandalia. The two day celebration of the history of the Underground Railroad (UGRR) in this area will feature guided tours of UGRR sites, information booths and displays, tours of the Bonine House, home of UGRR stationmaster James E. Bonine; as well as presentations on various aspects of the UGRR in Cass County. New this year are a Civil War "Living History" encampment and a replica of a "Ramptown" Cabin as the site for music and storytelling.
The Village of Vandalia hosts a classic car show on Saturday from 10am to 4pm, local arts and crafts vendors, a Community Church Service on Sunday morning 11am; and new this year a "Soul Food Dinner" in the Village Hall on both days.
We're happy to report that the mansard tower roof has been completely restored, funded in part by the Evans Grant. The entire Bonine House has been re-roofed thanks to a generous donation by Mary Anne Bonine in honor of her late husband, Alan.