"Uncovering The Details: A Deep Dive Into Family Histories" 2024 Spring Program Series

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Are You Getting the Most from Your DNA?, with Lana Leggett-Kealey

Thursday, April 25, 2024, 7:00 pm, MJR Theater @ Thetford Academy, 304 Academy Road, Thetford, VT

Lana Leggett-Kealey, Ph.D., CG, has a doctorate in chemistry and worked in pharmaceutical development for many years. She began testing the DNA of her relatives, then focusing on the application of DNA information to genealogy in 2011. She has been certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) since 2019 and works with clients from all over the world. More information may be found here: https://www.ggencounter.com/home.html

'Vermont for the Vermonters' - Eugenics in Vermont, with Mercedes de Guardiola

Thursday, May 16, 2024, 7 pm, NEFOC Center (former United Church of North Thetford), 5470 US 5, Thetford, VT

Mercedes de Guardiola is a New York-based innovation and strategy consultant and historian. A graduate of Dartmouth College, she is the Communications Manager at Luminary Labs.

Mercedes' study of eugenics is currently focused on Vermont, including public policies of child health and welfare, mass institutionalization and later deinstitutionalization, sterilization, and family separation. A leading expert on Vermont's eugenics movement, she testified before the state legislature during hearings in the early 2020s on the 2021 apology and ongoing responses. Mercedes recently published work, “Vermont for the Vermonters”: The History of Eugenics in the Green Mountain State, is the basis for our program. Her website is here: https://mercedesdeguardiola.com/

Oral History - An Introduction**, with Mary Wesley

Saturday, May 18, 2024, 1:00 to 4:00 PM, Thetford Bicentennial Building Community Room, 16 Library Road, Thetford, VT

Mary Wesley studied Anthropology at McGill University, then returned to her native Vermont to work as a field archaeologist for the UVM Consulting Archaeology Program.

Mary attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies to learn radio production and Multimedia Storytelling. In collaboration with the Country Dance and Song Society, she helped conceive and manage a community storytelling project, collecting oral histories in traditional dance and music communities around New England. She now directs VT Folklife's educational and outreach programming and helps coordinate the Vermont Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program. Mary is also the producer and host of VT Untapped, VT Folklife's own podcast that explores the state through the voices of its own residents. Connect with Vermont Folklife here: https://www.vtfolklife.org/

** Please note - space is limited in this workshop and pre-registration is required. Click here to register online **