How it all Began...
Underground Railroad Society
of Cass County, Michigan
Michigan History Day is sponsored by the Historical Society of Michigan, open to all schools in the state. Students select a topic that relates to the annual theme, and create a project in one of the following categories: paper, exhibit, documentary, website or performance. Projects are judged at a regional competition in March, and in State final competition in April. Click here for more information.
In 2014 Tamara Barnes of the Michigan Historical Society approached Sam Adams Elementary School about participating in the competition. Ruth Andrews and Felomina Patton of the URSCC Education Committee, along with Kelli Thomavongsa URSCC intern, took up the challenge and helped the students create “The Kentucky Raid in 10 Minutes” that went on to win the State competition in the performance category for their age group.
Michigan History Day 2015 found more students at Sam Adams competing, many doing projects relating to the Underground Railroad. While Cassopolis Public Schools is the sponsor for Michigan History Day, URSCC is a proud supporter of this great program, and pleased that the Underground Railroad in Cass County is being showcased in this way. Congratulations to all participating students! Showcased below are the Michigan History Day teams that focused on the Underground Railroad.