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Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site
Dresden,
CANADA
Inspired by the real life struggles of escaped slave, abolitionist, and minister Josiah Henson, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin – with its call for freedom and social justice – is regarded as one of the most important political novels ever written. The Ontario Heritage Trust operates a five-acre complex which includes Henson’s cabin, an interpretive centre, and portions of the Dawn Settlement – a terminus on the Underground Railroad and an early community established by freed and escaped slaves.

Museum Planning Partners was contracted to consult with stakeholders, leading Black History scholars and community leaders in the crafting of an Interpretive Plan to guide the development of the upgraded visitor experience and exhibition design at the Site. A specific requirement of the Interpretive Plan was to provide options for exhibits and programs that balanced long-term operations and sustainability with a need for elements that generate immediate impact and preview future immersive experiences.

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