Tabor Anti-Slavery, Todd House

Tabor Interpretive Planning

Before the Civil War, abolitionists established Tabor, Iowa as a frontier outpost in the fight against slavery. It hosted John Brown, fortified his army, and was an active leader in the Underground Railroad. The all-volunteer local historical society wanted to develop a plan to promote Tabor’s history and build community support.

We created a plan for Tabor to convey its unique story to visitors and developed a multi-staged strategy for implementation. Our recommendations included conservation of primary sources, exhibits, tours, a web presence with mobile options, an annual festival and pageant, and curriculum for Iowa schools.

The Tabor Historical Society embarked immediately on a successful curriculum project with local teachers. In addition, they are writing grant proposals to raise funds to implement first-step projects.

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