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Dec 15, 2023

Historical Footprints Ancestral Echoes: The Interplay of Historical and Lineage Societies (Panel Discussion)

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This webinar offered an exciting exploration into the interconnected nature of large historical organizations and family-focused lineage societies. These two distinct groups work collaboratively to weave together the rich tapestry of our collective past. Historical societies serve as the architects, offering a broader perspective on pivotal events and significant milestones in our shared history, while lineage societies contribute the intimate and personal narratives that bring depth and nuance to the overarching narrative.

By examining the symbiotic relationship between these two types of organizations, we uncover how they synergize to present a comprehensive understanding of our heritage. It’s akin to fitting together intricate pieces of a puzzle, where the grand historical narrative finds resonance in the individual stories and connections preserved by lineage societies. During our discussion, we’ll delve into the ways in which these groups complement and reinforce each other, fostering a more comprehensive and vivid understanding of our collective history and cultural legacy.

Presenters:

Ric Murphy, President of the Society of First African Families of English America;

Dr. Evelyn McDowell, President of Sons and Daughters of the US Middle Passage; and

LaJoy Mosby, President of AAHGS (Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society).