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Today the Sistas chat with Emmilie Whitlock from The Hipster RM (Return Missionary) about her new book project. Also, the Sistas give you the scoop on this past week's RootsTech 2014! The Sistas sat down at RootsTech with Food Network's "The Pioneer Woman" Ree Drummond, African-American Genealogy expert Elon Cook, Design App extraordinaire Rhonna Farrer, Dr. Osei-Agyemang Bonsu of Family Search International and many more! The genealogy and family history event sponsored by Family Search was attend by over 11,000 participants and live streamed by 20,000 plus!
Join retired attorney, genealogist and tour provider Sarah Cato for a discussion of the 56th United States Colored Infantry recognition program
The St. Louis African American History and Geneaology Society spearheaded the recognition of the 56th United States Colored Troops, and an Ad Hoc Committe is working to have memorial stones placed at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
175 soldiers of the 56th USCI died of cholera in August 1866. The 56th Regiment was originally organized at St. Louis as the 3d Arkansas Infantry Regiment (African Descent). The 3d Arkansas was ordered from St. Louis to Helena, Arkansas and served on post duty there. The unit was mustered out of the service on September 15, 1866, but before then, the tragedy occurred that contributed to the reason a monument was built in their honor in St. Louis. The 56th was traveling aboard 2 steamers to be mustered out. During the trip several soldiers died of an undiagnosed illness. A surgeon inspected the men and reported no cholera among them. The men arrived in St. Louis at night and were kept onboard until the next morning, rather than being allowed to roam the town. The next morning, it was clear that the 56th Regiment had cholera. Ordered back to Quarantine Station, the unit lost 178 enlisted men and one officer in the next few weeks. During its service the 56th Regiment lost a total of 674 men. Four officers and 21 enlisted men were killed in action or of wounds. Two officers and 647 enlisted men were killed by disease, 96 percent of their regiment's losses. (source: information adapted from Save A Grave).
Interview with Vangie Williams – author of “The Broken Life Journals” and a genealogical research specialist (www.vangiewilliams.com).
Vangie calls herself a semi-self-published author. Her book, Broken Life Journals – A Fight for Forever is book 1 of a 10 book series covering a line of women from African nobility.
The Broken Life Journals are the story of love cursed in Old Africa. A young African maiden falls in love with a Frenchman captured by her father’s warriors. As she watches and cares for him over the next twenty-one days, she is captivated by his beautiful green eyes and his genuine smile and breaks tribal law when she asks her father to be his bride instead of her chosen husband. Her father King Sundiata could not refuse his youngest daughter and allows her to leave Africa with the Frenchman; what she doesn’t know is that the tribal shaman has placed a curse on her and all of her female descendants.
Kheven Lee LaGrone, curator, I Am America: Black Genealogy Through the Eye of An Artist, November 5, 2011 through February 2, 2012 at the San Francisco’s Main Public Library’s African American Center. A genealogists/artists reception will take place on Sunday, November 20, 2011 from 1 pm to 2 pm. A program follows from 2 pm to 3 pm in the Latino Hispanic Room. Participating artists: Alice Beasley (quiltmaker); Inez Brown (mixed media); Karen Oyekanmi (doll maker); Makeda Rashidi (painter); Malik Seneferu (painter); Marion Coleman (quiltmaker); Morrie Turner (cartoonist); Nate Creekmore (cartoonist); Nena St. Louis (sculptor); Nicka Smith (mixed media); Orlonda Uffre (painter); TaSin Sabir (mixed media); Tomye (mixed media) We close with a conversation with members of Umoja: Damu Sudi Alii (piano) and Muhammad Bilal Hanif (alto & soprano saxophones): Dance of the Kalahari: In Memorium Concert.at the 57th Street Gallery, in Oakland, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, 2-5:30 PM, featuring besides Damu & M.B. Hanif, Larry Douglas (trumpet & flugelhorn), Mali Vincent Williams (bass), Willie G (vocals) and others. The ensemble is honoring the memory of founding members: Kenneth Byrd (flutist) & Kamau Seitu (drums). There will be free food at the event. Admission is $10.00 per person. Music featured: Umoja: Blessings & Dance of the Kalahari; Rene Marie's Lift Ev'ry Voice. An archived interview with Lavinia Currier, OKA director, opens the show. She speaks about her latest film, in theatres Oct. 28, 2011. OKA is the story of the Bayaka people in Central West Africa and an ethnomusicologist Larry Whitmore, who falls in love with the people and culture. Visit http://okamovie.com/
Join us to talk about Historical Haunts. Learn how to appreciate and respect the history around you!
We will share our opinions on:
Taking a look at the history around you
doing your research
respecting the location
getting involved by keeping the history alive
In our previous and inaugural show, we discussed "Is family legacy meaningless to the modern culture?" The biblical concept of the firstborn son presents the greatest conduit for the successful propagation of family legacy. We will also touch on the single-parent epidemic and its effects.
Join me as I continue the introduction of this show and its focus by detailing the specifics of the firstborn son concept. Don't miss this dialog if you are a firstborn son literally or symbolically for your family!
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Hella Buchheim has developed a CD-Rom called A Plate Full of Memories that helps people create their own personalized family cookbooks. Step-by-step instructions helps people document not only their family recipes but also photographs and personal stories for future generations to enjoy. The daughter of Holocaust survivors, Buchheim is passionate about recording and preserving family history. Many of her own family recipes were lost because they were never written down. That does not have to happen to your treasured recipes.
Also, we'll hear from Debbie Kirsch. She is an elementary school principal with over 25 years experience tracing her genealogy. She will share interesting stories from her personal research and tips for anyone interested beginning a project. She is also involved with Pigs For Kids: an economic and educational program to aid and empower families in rural Waslala, Nicaragua. www.PigsForKids.org
WRITTEN TRANSCRIPTS OF THE SHOW CAN BE ORDERED @ WWW.BARBARAHOWARDMEDIA.COM
Mary Pat Kelly is the author of a novel Special Intentions, and nonfiction on subjects as varied as Martin Scorcese and the rescue of Scott O'Grady from Bosnia. In her life, she has been everything from a nun to a documentary filmmaker to a producer of short films for "Saturday Night Live". She lives in New York, NY.
GALWAY BAY is a novel based on her own family's immigration story from Ireland to the US.
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