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Gary JenkinsBy Gary Jenkins
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Gary JenkinsBy Gary Jenkins
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Fun for kids
Fun for kids

My name is Gary Jenkins. I made the documentary film, Freedom Seekers: Stories From the Western Underground Railroad. I have been asked how can people see the actual places where freedom seeking slaves traveled. I was at a loss to help them because there is no single modern day map that shows the sites. One day I had an idea, Geocaching might be a method to easily find an Underground Railroad site.  I learned that getting governmental agencies and other organizations to finance anything about the Western Underground Railroad is difficult at best. Therefore, I am going to raise money from folks like myself, individuals who are interested in history and want to share that interest. I believe a tour of geocache sites up the Underground Railroad will be educational and benefit local businesses along the path. See this video.

My partner, Melissa Gard is the operations manager for First Call, a Kansas City nonprofit with the mission of providing education and other resources to the alcohol and drug abuse recovery community. Melissa is a veteran geocacher and she is very excited to help with this project. Initially, to get this project started, we are going to place one geocache at the Quindaro Underground Railroad site in Kansas City, Kansas. Once we are funded, Melissa and her team will place a series of 8 -10 geocaches following the trip of John Brown and 13 Freedom Seekers from Bates County, Missouri north to Nebraska City, Nebraska. I suggest you view the below video to learn more about this famous escape.

The geocacher only needs a smart phone with the free geocache app.When I started, I found my first geocache about 3 blocks from my house.This activity is perfect for folks of all ages to combine the thrill of finding "buried treasure" with learning history. Why not place geocaches at or close to Underground Railroad Sites? When we get our series of geocaches in place, we will submit our GeoTrail to the Geocache organization. We want to open this exciting chapter in history to an entirely new population, the Geocaching community.

Geocachers are over 5 million strong, worldwide. Geocaching has seen a 30% annual growth which has led to over 123 million annual visits to Geocaching.com, 2.25 million opt-in weekly newsletter recipients and close to 400,000 likes on Facebook. We believe our Underground Railroad GeoTour will generate many tourist dollars spent for lodging, food, gas and other travel services.  

 If you would like to learn more about the Western Underground Railroad, I suggest you go to my blog at www.lifedocumentaries.com. I have written extensively about the Station Masters and Conductors and their adventures. 

Quindaro Geocache
Quindaro Geocache

Geotourism is a knowledge based tourism. Geotourism promotes a circle whereby tourism revenues provide a local incentive to protect what tourists are coming to see. The geotourist discovers historic structures, living and traditional culture, landscapes, cuisine, arts and artisanry, as well as local flora and fauna.

It costs us nothing to have the individual sites listed to be found via the geocaching app. Once we get the series of geocaches in place, we will try to find a sponsor to list our Underground Railroad route as a GeoTour. We have learned that the Geocaching organization, Groundspeak.com,  will want as much as $2,000.00 a year to list our route as a GeoTour.

I received a request for our budget. The below figures are not exact, but I think they will prove out to be close. When I started this, I decided that I wanted a budget. I have done a lot of projects without a budget. I did not want to ask anybody to work for free. As you can see, I have paid for some help (marketing and the technical activity of placing the geocache). I am paying myself a little for creating the campaign, marketing and managing the ongoing program. It is hard to get an exact figure for the awards, but I have made an effort. If you know me, you won't have any doubts, if you don't and want to ask me anything about the budget, please contact me.  

Budget
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Risks and challenges

I believe our biggest challenge will be obtaining the proper permissions to hide a geocache from the various City, County and State officials and from private owners of Underground Railroad sites. I already have permission from two sites, the Mayhew Cabin and John Brown Cave and Quindaro. Our first choice is to place a cache at the exact site, but if we are rejected or are unable to locate a decision maker, we will find alternative locations close by and place the cache. The cache app information has a place for a description. In that description section, we can provide information about the nearby site, where it is located and why it is important to the story.

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    A replica map of the Kansas Underground Railroad route drawn by famous historian William Connelly in 1918. Connelly drew this map based on information from persons who established this route in 1858. Plus, two free admissions to the Mayhew Cabin and John Brown Cave.

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    John Brown and the Last Train -

    This is a young adult historical novel telling the exciting true story of how John Brown raided Missouri slave farms and led liberated slaves to freedom in Canada. A uniquely designed Underground Railroad trackable Geocoin.

    Plus, two free admissions to the Mayhew Cabin and John Brown Cave in Nebraska City, NE.

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    Freedom Seekers: Stories From the Underground Railroad
    This is a Documentary on DVD that tells the story of the Underground Railroad through Kansas to Nebraska. Produced by Gary Jenkins
    A uniquely designed Underground Railroad trackable Geocoin.
    Plus, two free admissions to the Mayhew Cabin and John Brown Cave in Nebraska City, NE

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    The John Brown book, the Freedom Seekers DVD and another documentary film titled Negroes To Hire: Slave Life in Antebellum Missouri. Produced by Gary Jenkins

    A uniquely designed Underground Railroad trackable Geocoin.

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    All the previous prizes and I will do a private showing of Freedom Seekers with a post film Q & A by the filmmaker.

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    Gary Jenkins will guide up to 4 people on a day trip up the Underground Railroad from Quindaro to Topeka. We will visit the Quindaro site, the Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum, the Grover Barn in Lawrence. In Topeka, we will visit the John Ritchie House, Constitution Hall and the Owen House.

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    Gary Jenkins will guide up to 4 people on a two day adventure up the Underground Railroad following John Brown's route from the Battle of Island Mound Historic Site in Bates County, MO to the John Brown Cave in Nebraska City, NE. This will include an overnight stay in Lawrence, KS at the Runaway Pony Bed and Breakfast.

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