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Open house for Lathrop House in Sylvania

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Friends of Lathrop House treasurer K. LaVerne Redden, right, shows a packed room the built-in openings children will be able to remove in order to get a better look at the space in which runaway slaves hid during during their stay at the Lathrop House in Sylvania.

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Burnetta O'Neal, of Ottawa Hills, right, joined other local residents during the open house.

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Friends of Lathrop House treasurer K. LaVerne Redden, right, spoke to a packed room Saturday during an open house at the Lathrop House in Harroun Park in Sylvania.

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Interior plans for reconstruction of the basement inside the Lathrop House were on display.

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Visitors leave the Lathrop House in Harroun Park Saturday afternoon after an open house at the historic residence in Sylvania.

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Local broadcaster Rob Thomas reads the Emancipation Proclamation.

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Friends of Lathrop House treasurer K. LaVerne Redden rings a bell announcing local broadcaster Rob Thomas', right, reading of the Emancipation Proclamation.

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Lori Watkins, of Sylvania Township, center, snaps a picture of the false oven abolitionists used to hide runaway slaves.

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Lana Raney, of Sylvania Township, takes a peek at the reconstructed space runaway slaves would have stowed away in at the Lathrop House.

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Reconstruction continues on the space used to house runaway slaves at the Lathrop House in Sylvania.

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