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Part 2- What's Purity Got to Do With It? Searching Family Histories

Brooklyn Historical Society

Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EST)

Part 2- What's Purity Got to Do With It? Searching...

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$35 (discount for 2 sessions- Quantifying Bloodlines series) Ended
Sliding Scale - No one will be excluded due to lack of funds Ended

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Part 2 of the Quantifying Bloodlines Reading and Discussion Series.

What's Purity Got To Do With It? Searching Family History and Genealogy

Reading: The Fiddler on Pantico Run: An African Warrior, His White Descendants, A Search for Family by Joe Mozingo

How do stories help us to understand the ways in which we dissect lineage? Bring in your own family tree, genealogical research, family photos, or family name origins, while we take a close look at one man’s search for family history through a surname, that both haunts and intrigues him, confuses some and unlocks hidden history. Short multi-media pieces will be screened.

If you are just beginning to search for your family history or have searched for many years, this discussion session will help to illuminate the discovery process about lineage, identity and race.


Saturday, December 7th, 2013

3:00PM – 6:00PM

$20 sliding scale fee. Discounted fee of $35 for two sessions, if you register for first session on November 16th (What's Biology Got To Do With It?)

No one will be excluded due to lack of funds. All registrants must purchase their own copies of books.

Workshop is limited to 15 participants. Active participation is key.

Registration Deadline: December 22nd, 2013


Jennifer Scott is a Part-Time Professor at The New School for Public Engagement, Parsons School of Art and Design History and Theory, and Pratt Institute’s Graduate School of Arts and Cultural Management, where she teaches courses in cultural anthropology, museology and global studies. An anthropologist and oral historian, she performed historical and curatorial research for a number of museums, non-profits, arts and history organizations for almost 20 years.

Most recently, Jennifer served as the public historian for almost a decade at Weeksville Heritage Center, a historic house museum specializing in innovative study and applications of history, culture, the arts and civic engagement. There, she launched Weeksville’s oral history and genealogy projects. Before Weeksville, Jennifer worked with City Lore for the Place Matters Project on the Lower Eastside of Manhattan documenting historic places and the diverse stories of communities throughout New York City. Jennifer researches, writes and lectures locally and internationally, and is a contributor to a number of publications on museums, cultural heritage, and social relevancy.

Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations,
 an oral history and public programming series, examines the history and experiences of mixed-heritage people and families, cultural hybridity, race, ethnicity and identity. 
For inquiries, email or call 718.222.4111. Ext 217.

Have questions about Part 2- What's Purity Got to Do With It? Searching Family Histories? Contact Brooklyn Historical Society

When & Where

Brooklyn Historical Society, Othmer Library
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EST)

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