Join us Monday, March 27, 2017; 7- 9 PM
We will be back at the Rockville Memorial Library on Monday March 27, 2017 from 7pm-9pm for our March CTTT local gathering. Join us in the 2nd floor conference room for guest speaker Linda White who will share with us what she and her family uncovered about their rich family history.
Here is Linda’s introduction to her talk:
When Marietta Stevens Crichlow was turning 90 in 2009, her daughter Linda was in the midst of preparing a special birthday remembrance when she came upon a genealogical memoir that Marietta had been researching and writing for many years. Fascinated by this neatly assembled collection of stories and documents, Linda took up the task of organizing and extending the narrative of her African American family’s past into a coherent document, eventually published as Back There, Then. The result is a history of the Stevens Crichlow ancestral line from slavery to the present, as well as historical surveys of places where family members had lived and notes about various world events that affected (particularly) African Americans.
As it gets easier for the average person to conduct research, the compilation of family histories brings up a number of contemporary questions. Who decides what history actually is? Is it just a recounting of the actions of “newsmakers” and world changing moments or can it also be defined as the multiple narratives of everyday people? And how do our lives intersect with the big events of our times – social movements, war, economics, technology – that affect where we live, what work we do, what kinds of lives we lead?
Linda White feels that, despite the racism of our country, the majority of African Americans lived, over the past century, as American citizens and achieved despite the odds. Linda will share with the CTTT Community —via her family memorabilia—examples of how one family lived.
She will also share how others can use their family memorabilia to document their family story.
In addition, Linda, retired Montgomery Public School librarian, will discuss the importance of everyone preserving their family history and will share how she has donated family memorabilia to repositories such as the National Museum of African American History and Culture!
Looking forward to seeing you there!
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