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Feb. 24 – Christopher Miller, Sr., Director of Education, Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Posted on Feb 22, 2022

The Rotary Club of Lexington held its weekly meeting Thursday, Feb. 24 ,  via Zoom. The program  featured Christopher Miller, Sr., Director of Education, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. To attend via Zoom  please email, trafton@rotarylexky.org.

  Situated in the “Golden Triangle” of Lexington, Louisville, and Northern Kentucky, we are fortunate to have access to a number and wide variety of museums.  They focus on art; history; science, industry, and aviation; the equine industry and racing; sports, including baseball; transportation; whiskey (bourbon, of course); and many others.  Perhaps the newest and arguably the most unique, located just across the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, is the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.  To introduce us to the work of the museum and the many stories collected there, we are pleased to have as our speaker this week Christopher Miller.

Mr. Miller is an accomplished museum professional and public historian with more than sixteen years of experience. He is the senior director of Education & Community Engagement at the National Underground Railroad Freedom. Miller is a historian, scholar, and storyteller, uniquely qualified to bring historical context to some of today’s most provocative issues. He engages audiences, sharing monumental moments and unknown stories from our nation’s past that influence and inform our world today. Regularly appearing on local media as a contributor, Miller aptly shares his breadth of knowledge to address topics from race relations to historical milestones, cultural concerns about incidents of hate, and the integration of innovated approaches to academics.

Miller earned his M.A. in public history and his B.A. in English from Northern Kentucky University.  Before graduating cum laude from Northern Kentucky University, Miller earned a fellowship with the Institute for Freedom Studies where he served as a research assistant decoding antebellum runaway slave ads.  He assisted in developing a comprehensive database from primary source documents highlighting the attempts of enslaved persons to free themselves from state-sanctioned enslavement.  Miller has a passion of African American history and understands its authentic value within the narrative of humanity.

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