Media Advisory - Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site opens May 16



    TORONTO, May 11 /CNW/ -

    
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    Opening dates:  Saturday, May 16 to Friday, October 30, 2009
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    Hours of        Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
     operation:     Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
                    Open Mondays in July, August and holidays
                    Open year-round by appointment for groups of 20 or more
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    Location:       29251 Uncle Tom's Road, Dresden
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    Admission:      $6.25 for adults
                    $5.25 for seniors and students (13 to 17)
                    $4.50 for children (6 to 12)
                    free for children under 6
                    $20 for a family
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    Contact:        For information and group bookings, please contact:
                    Steven Cook
                    Site Manager, Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site
                    Telephone: 519-683-2978
                    E-mail: utchs@heritagetrust.on.ca
                    Websites: www.uncletomscabin.org and
                    www.heritagetrust.on.ca
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    Join us in 2009 at Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site to celebrate the
achievements of Reverend Josiah Henson and other early Black settlers.
    New this year is a timeline exhibit highlighting world events telling the
story of North America's rich Black history and a video on the life and legacy
of Josiah Henson. At the five-acre museum site visitors can also explore the
interpretive centre and the exhibit I'll Use My Freedom Well, as well as
historic buildings, cemeteries and a gift shop. This year's Emancipation Day
Celebration will be held on Saturday, August 1.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site commemorates the life of Josiah Henson, a
former slave, who escaped to Canada via the Underground Railroad. Henson rose
to international fame after Harriet Beecher Stowe acknowledged his memoirs as
a source for her novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin. Settling in southwestern Ontario,
he worked to improve life for the Black community and helped to establish the
Dawn Settlement. He would go on to become an internationally recognized
abolitionist, preacher and conductor on the Underground Railroad.
    Located in Dresden, approximately three hours west of Toronto, Uncle
Tom's Cabin Historic Site is owned and operated by the Ontario Heritage Trust,
an agency of the Government of Ontario dedicated to identifying, preserving,
protecting and promoting Ontario's heritage.

    Aussi disponible en français





For further information:

For further information: and group bookings, please contact Steven Cook,
Site Manager, Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site, Telephone: (519) 683-2978,
E-mail: utchs@heritagetrust.on.ca, Websites: www.uncletomscabin.org and
www.heritagetrust.on.ca


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