Dr. Larry McClellan has written extensively on the Underground Railroad in Illinois and northwest Indiana. He was the principal author of applications that added sites in Crete, Lockport and on the Little Calumet River to the National Park Service registry of significant Underground Railroad sites in America. He works with colleagues in the Little Calumet River Underground Railroad Project, most recently on the development of the Chicago Detroit Freedom Trail.
In 1970, he helped to start Governors State University in Illinois and taught there for many years. He is now Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Community Studies at GSU. Because of research, publications and public programs, in 2022 he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Illinois State Historical Society. He maintains online resources at: www.illinoisundergroundrailroad.info