Underground Railroad Society

of Cass County, Michigan


URSCC Mission

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.

​​​A Beautiful Christmas at the Bonine House

Click here to go to the Bonine House Christmas 2014
Enjoy photo galleries of the various rooms and a video!

Angling Elementary (Portage, MI) Wax Museum

Portage Angling Elementary 4th grade presented their "Cass County and Beyond" Wax Museum on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2014. 

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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.

James E. Bonine House Corner of M-60 and Penn Rd., Vandalia, MI  49095 

​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.)


URSCC Headlines

                                2014  5th Annual UGRR Days a Great Success!

Sam Adams Elementary School (Cassopolis, MI) Wax Museum

Sam Adams Elementary School presented their Wax Museum at the Bonine House.


Two elementary schools will present their versions of the Underground Railroad in Cass County this Spring at the Bonine House.

From left to right: Kennedy Brooks, Anna Leach, Kennady King, Kendon Williams, Dynisha Hackworth, Rachel Williams, Keith Porter, Faith Floor and Collin Bogue. Not pictured, Zaniya Dodd. 

Michigan History Day 2015­


Press Release: March 9, 2015

"Students Bring History Alive"

Of the seventeen Cassopolis students who participated in district ­level Michigan History Day competition on the Western Michigan campus, on Saturday, March 7, ten will advance to the state finals on April 25th. 

Sam Adams Performance - Tue. May 19, 10:30 - Noon.

Angling Elementary School Performance - Tue. June 2, 10:30 - Noon