Christmas at the Bonine House 2016
Cindy Yawkey Wins Michigan Historical Society State History Award!
URSCC is very proud to announce that Cindy Yawkey has been awarded the 2016 award for Books: Children and Youth, for her book They Have My Shoes, I Have My Freedom--A Story of the Underground Railroad.
Hope you had a wonderful summer. The Bonine House is closed now.
Our self-guided Cass County UGRR Driving Tour has been enlarged to 19 sites! Click here to see new additions to this amazing story. The tour takes about an hour and is a great way to get an overview of the Underground Railroad in Cass County. You can download the tour (4 pages), or pick it up at the first stop--Milo Barnes Park in Vandalia.
Sam Adams Elementary, Cassopolis MI
"It's Time" Capital Campaign!
Click on the video to see the presentation of Cindy's award.
Underground Railroad Wax Museums 2016
Cindy has been a volunteer with URSCC since our beginning, and a docent in the Bonine House for several years. She has chronicled the restoration of the Bonine House in photographs, and began drawing sketches of the house and other UGRR sites in the area. The sketches inspired the story of Lucinda, a slave in Georgia, and her journey to freedom in Michigan on the Underground Railroad. While fiction, the story reflects the route that many of the freedom seekers used to enter Michigan on the Quaker Line of the UGRR.
Cindy's exquisite art and handwritten narrative display a unique talent and a voice that transcends age, race and time. Her book is suitable for all ages.
The 30 page book is beautifully printed on 8.5x11 spiral-bound heavy stock.
We've Come a Long Way!
Lake Center Elementary, Portage MI
Thank you for supporting our Capital Campaign to complete the restoration of the Bonine House and the Carriage House by 2017.
These structures are architecturally significant as fine examples of Second Empire and Gothic Revival, with historically important connections to the Underground Railroad.
Perhaps even more meaningful, they stand as symbols of a community that did what was right under the most difficult conditions and at great personal risk. The courage of freedom seekers who came here to escape slavery, and Quakers, free blacks and other abolitionists who helped them on their journey, represents the best of us. It is who we are as Americans.
Thank you for joining us in becoming caretakers -- not only of the buildings, but of the story they embody, and the legacy of freedom they represent.
Our 7th Annual Underground Railroad Days
was held July 8, 9 and 10, 2016
and was a great success!
Click here for photos and stories.
Penn Road and M-60, Vandalia, MI
Friday, December 9, 2 pm to 8 pm
Saturday December 10, 2 pm - 8 pm
Sunday, December 11, Noon - 6 pm
Every room in the Bonine House is decorated by our members. Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus daily!
Free Admission - Donations Most Appreciated!
James E Bonine Carriage House M-60 and Calvin Center Road, across M-60 from Bonine House. (Photo is from the back of the building.)
James E. Bonine House Corner of M-60 and Penn Rd., Vandalia, MI 49095
Preserve and restore the James E. Bonine House and Carriage House as outstanding examples of Victorian domestic architecture.
Create an education and community events center in the Bonine House as a focal point for understanding the role local Quakers, African-Americans and other abolitionist groups played in the UGRR. Restore the Carriage House as a period museum and station on the Underground Railroad.
Create a cultural tourism destination for Underground Railroad enthusiasts that will bring visitors and tourism dollars into the community.
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 Cass County and the surrounding region played throughout its existence, and how it impacted local, state and national history.
Underground Railroad Society
of Cass County, Michigan