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Can She Trust You?

from Ohio History Connection

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Experience the moral struggles associated with slavery in the North as your students interview the residents of a 1860s era Ohio village in an effort to help Rowena, a freedom-seeking African American woman, find the Underground Railroad conductor along her way to freedom.  Students will listen for clues in conversations and ask questions of these residents to discover which resident is the Underground Railroad conductor.

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About This Program


By Request: $200.00

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45 min

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

We prefer groups of 35 or fewer students but can make exceptions.

Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Problem Solving

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

Booking Information

We ask that program reservations be made at least 2 weeks in advance. Be sure to list an alternate date in your program request in the event that your requested date isn't available. Please allow up to 5 business days to have your request processed.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs canceled due to inclement weather. The full presentation fee will be charged to sites, which cancel with less than 24 hours notice.

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Ohio History Connection

Columbus, OH
United States

The Ohio History Connection is a premier source for live, interactive, engaging, distance learning experiences. Our diverse catalog of award-winning, standards-based, cross-curricular programming is an innovative means of learning and discussion for K-12 students, educators, and lifelong learners of all ages. Groups can easily access our programming through just about any internet-enabled device or through standard H.323 video conferencing equipment. Experience a fun and innovative level of learning and interactivity with the Ohio History Connection!

Our mission is to spark discovery of Ohio's stories, embrace the present, share the past and transform the future. Connecting people throughout the nation and the world to the stories of Ohio is a part of our daily work and is accomplished through educational efforts such as our distance learning programming. 

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization chartered in 1885, the Ohio History Connection and the State of Ohio have maintained a longtime public-private relationship whereby the Ohio History Connection carries out dozens of history services for Ohio and its citizens.

Matt Schullek

Program Details


1. The program begins with a 3-minute introductory video.
2. The students then meet 5 first-person characters who they must interview about their daily lives and try to determine which of the characters has the capacity to be the Underground Railroad conductor.
3. The students then vote on who they believe the conductor is.
4. The conductor is revealed and explains why they serve as a conductor.
5. Facilitator reveals what ultimately happened to Rowena.


After participating in this program, students will have a better understanding of how the Underground Railroad functioned, experience various viewpoints on the issue of slavery and how it should be dealt with, and what life was like in the tumultuous times of the Civil War-era United States.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Portions of the following content standards will be covered over the course of this program:

National Standards
NCTE – ELA K-12.4 Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language (e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.
NCTE – ELA K-12.12 Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion, and the exchange of information).

NCSS - SS.2 Time, Continuity, and Change
NCSS - SS.5 Individuals, Groups, and Institutions
NCSS - SS.6 Power, Authority, and Governance
NCSS - SS.8 Science, Technology, and Society

Common Core Standards
ELA CCSS: SL.4.1, SL. 4.2, SL.4.3
ELA CCSS: SL.5.1, SL.5.2, SL.5.3
ELA CCSS: SL.6.1, SL.6.2, SL.6.3
ELA CCSS: SL.7.1, SL, 7.2, SL.7.3
ELA CCSS: SL.8.1, SL.8.2, SL.8.3

State Standards

Portions of the following content standards will be covered over the course of this program:

Ohio Revised Standards – Social Studies
Grade Four
Theme: Ohio in the United States
Topic: Heritage
Content Statement 7: Sectional issues divided the United States after the War of 1812. Ohio played a key role in these issues, particularly with the anti-slavery movement and the Underground Railroad.
Topic: Human Systems
Content Statement 13: The population of the United States has changed over time, becoming more diverse (e.g., racial, ethnic, linguistic, religious). Ohio’s population has become increasingly reflective of the cultural

Grade Eight
Theme: U.S. Studies from 1492 to 1877L Exploration through Reconstruction
Topic: Civil War and Reconstruction
Content Statement 11: Disputes over the nature of federalism, complicated by economic developments in the United States, resulted in sectional issues, including slavery, which led to the American Civil War.
Content Statement 12: The Reconstruction period resulted in changes to the US Constitution, an affirmation of federal authority and lingering social and political differences.