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Learning Forum - "Traveling the Underground Railroad"

February 17, 2019  2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Learning Forums are thought-provoking presentations on a wide variety of topics. Each program features a 45-minute presentation, followed by an open forum with questions and discussion about the topic.

This week, Don Balyeat presents, "Traveling the Underground Railroad."

The Underground Railroad was a network of people who used secret routes and safe houses to help slaves escape from the South in the mid-1800s. Because of its secretive nature, there are many myths surrounding the events. Presenter Don Balyeat will discuss these myths and what using the network would have been like.

Balyeat actually traveled an escape route with a historian, going from the deep South to Canada. He’ll explain how slaves escaped and hid in homes, using pictures of actual Underground Railroad stations.

Balyeat has traveled the entire United States and Canada as a paid tourist. He says this gave him the opportunity to visit hundreds of historic sites.

He shares his stories with students, traveling throughout the Midwest to share his passion for the Civil War. With a hands-on approach to teaching, he uses personal experience to connect with students and show them the value of historical education.

In addition to his teaching career, Balyeat is a Civil War Trust Color Bearer member and a member of the Honor Guard Legacy Giving Society.

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, half-off for members, & FREE for students ages 6 - 17 (includes museum admission). Call 605-394-6923 to reserve tickets.

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The Journey Museum is currently in Winter Hours:

Winter Hours

(October 1st – April 30th)
10 AM – 5 PM Monday through Saturday
1 PM – 5 PM Sundays

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(May 1st – September 30th)
9 AM – 6 PM Monday through Saturday
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All individual admissions are good for two days with receipt.

Museum General Admission:

Adults (ages 18+) $10
Seniors (ages 62+) $8
Students (ages 6 – 17) $7
Children 5 & under FREE with family

Groups (10+ people):

$7 per person

Tour guides available. Please call (605) 394-6923 one week prior to visit to schedule.

Education Groups (12+ students):

$3 per student (all students 18 and under)
$5 College Students

Chaperones are requested. Special pricing will be extended to adult chaperones.

Tour guides available. Please call (605) 394-6923 one week prior to visit to schedule.