This Week's Pod Cast


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Hello I hope you are all keeping cool, during this heat wave that is hitting the Northeast!

In Brooklyn New York, the Saving Our American Treasures program which is an initiative of the Smithsonian Institution and the Brooklyn Museum. Bring your document, have them evaluated and preserved by archivists who can assist you. This is a great opportunity.

This a great weekend in Baltimore MD, this is the Artscape weekend. Many of the artists express their history through the arts. So as long as you can keep cool in the Baltimore area, do try to make it down to Artscape.

Things are going on in Kentucky, on July 25th the Digging up Your Roots program will take place in Frankfort KY.

FACEBOOK is all a buzz! One of the newest groups on the scene is the MAAGI Facebook page. You can find it by simply typing in Midwestern African American Genealogy Institute. If you can’t enter the group, then send a message to Drusilla Pair who can add you to the group.

Also make sure you know that there are GROUPS, and pages on Facebook, that have a lot of interaction. I should mention some PAGES on Facebook that you should visit at least weekly to see what kind of announcements or links that you may have missed. AfriGeneas has a Facebook page with over 17,000 friends who have “lived” the page. Check it frequently for interesting pieces on on history, genealogy and biographies and community stories.

One page that is new to me is the “>”>”Legacy of Slavery in Maryland”– another page to LIKE on Facebook. This Facebook page keeps you abreast of an interesting group of scholars and researchers. Their website looks at stories of flight, or resistance—freedom seekers, the US Colored Troops, Slavery and the War of 1812, and Maryland Colonization Society. The site is not limited however to 19th century, it also takes the visitor into the 20th century as well, and has some amazing case studies and rare photos to examine.

BLOGS are bursting out all over—
If you are not aware of blogger Yvette Porter Moore, then you should be. From San Diego California, this blogger has been sharing her own research journey for some time, and since returning to California from her participation in last week’s institute in St. Louis, she has been writing some beautiful pieces about her experience, what she saw and what she experienced. And she points out that there is so much more to come!! Her blog is called: “The Ancestors Have Spoken”. I know that for many, getting one’s head around what a blog is, can be an obstacle, but when you read her blog and her posts, you will get it.

Speaking of blogs–do check Melvin Collier’s blog, Roots Revealed.“>Roots Revealed. In his case I always find two stories—the research story and the family story. Take a look at the blogs.

And again, both AfriGeneas and Low Country Africana should be checked weekly.

As you know there is lots of Civil War talk these days. Well this week many marked the anniversary of the Assault of Ft. Wagoner. However, 1000 miles away, there was a major victory earned by the Kansas Colored. I am referring to the Battle of Honey Springs! This battle was won by the actions of the Kansas Colored – black Union soldiers who saved the day.
I shall be celebrating the 150th anniversary from the Battle of Honey Springs!

Let’s make a commitment to tell all of these stories from our wonderfully rich history.

Well that’s it for this week, thank you for listening. Please stay cool this weekend, and in the meantime, keep researching, keep documenting and please keep sharing what you find.

One Response to “African Roots Podcast Episode # 224 July 19th, 2013”

  1. Thank you for the mention. I appreciate it very much.

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