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The New Levi and Catherine Coffin Museum, Interpretive Center Opens its Doors Today

December 8, 2016

 

Synthesis is proud to be a part of the new Levi and Catherine Coffin Museum, Interpretive Center as it opens its doors today! The state historic site is managed by the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. The new Interpretive Center supports the Levi and Catherine Coffin Museum, one of the nation’s most significant surviving Underground Railroad sites.

 

The Levi and Catherine Coffin House was the home of prominent anti-slavery activists Levi and Catherine Coffin. In the years preceding the abolition of slavery, this home sheltered more than 1,000 freedom seekers and later became known as the Grand Central Station of the Underground Railroad. The Interpretive Center is located on the original Seybold-Price property, next to the Coffin house. Because the 1836 Seybold-Price home had fallen into disrepair, it was carefully disassembled and reconstructed to maintain its historical appearance from the street. The Interpretive Center utilizes the original facade design, salvaged windows and re-purposed wood flooring. The 2,875 square foot, LEED-certified Interpretive Center is universally accessible and will allow the Coffin home to be open to visitors year round by offering:

 

• Welcome Center

• Additional Exhibits

• Orientation [Presentation] Room

• Resource Library

• Reading Room

• Gift and Coffee Shop

• Public Restrooms

• Staff Offices

• Bus Parking

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