Harriet Tubman: Underground Railroad
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MIDDLETOWN -- At the meeting Wednesday (Feb. 18) of the
combined Lincoln Woman's Club and the DAR, a noted historian and
librarian, Kathryn M. Harris of Springfield, will portray Harriet
Tubman (1820-1913), an abolitionist who aided many slaves escaping
on the Underground Railroad.
Harris says of Tubman: "She is
perhaps the most famous conductor on the Underground
Railroad. She led 300 to freedom. She never ran her train off the
track, and she never lost a passenger!"
Abraham Lincoln Chapter of the
National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution is
providing the program. The meeting is being hosted by the Lincoln
Woman's Club at 203 N. McLean St.
Kathryn Harris has been
director of the Illinois State Historical Library at the Old State
Capitol in Springfield since March 1996.
"The highlight of my
professional career is being involved with the planning and the
development of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum,"
she says. She and her staff are eagerly awaiting "move-in day" in
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She was born in Carbondale and
attended public schools there. She received her bachelor's degree
from Southern Illinois University in 1969 and her master of library
science degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, in
1971. Since then, she has served as head of reference and technical
services at the SIU Medical Library, the Illinois State Library and
the Illinois State Historical Library.
Harris has been received many
honors for community involvement. She has been a delegate to the
White House Conference on Library and Information Services and has
served on the board of directors of the Springfield Ball Charter
School since 1998.
is a member of Faith Temple, AME Church. She and her husband, Al,
have been married for 30 years.