LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraskans are invited to explore history, genealogy and what made America by unraveling our country's global tapestry during a free "Faces of America" National Educational Training Workshop to be held on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT at the NET Building, 1800 North 33rd Street, in Lincoln. The workshop is in support of the upcoming four-part PBS series "Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.," airing Wednesdays at 7 p.m. CT, beginning Feb. 10, on NET1 and in high definition on NET-HD.
Lecturer and family historian Timothy Nathan Pinnick of the Chicago area will present the keynote address at the workshop. Pinnick has more than 25 years of research experience, with special emphasis in African American history and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. His lecture is entitled "What Is Genealogy and Why Should I Care?" After his address, a workshop by Pinnick will provide an update on the evolving interest in family history research and technology that can support it.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln history professor and internationally-recognized genealogist William Thomas will present a second workshop at the event. Thomas teaches 19th century U.S. history and specializes in Civil War, the U.S. South and digital history.
The "Faces of America" event also includes an overview of the "Faces of America" series and Web site, as well as a demonstration of how teachers can use genealogy in their classroom lesson plans. Executive Steel Band, a Lincoln-based musical group, will entertain attendees with uniquely-styled music, including original compositions of classical and modern rhythmic sounds born in Trinidad and Tobago.
Seating at the workshop is limited to 100 and reservations are required by calling Martha Florence at 402/472-9333, ext. 603 or e-mailing mflorence@netNebraska.org. The registration deadline is Feb. 4.
A free lunch is provided for each registered guest.
In the "Faces of America" series, Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. turns to the latest tools of genealogy and genetics to explore the family histories of 12 renowned Americans, including Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, actress Eva Longoria, musician Yo-Yo Ma and television host/heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz. Gates examines the wider immigrant story and the American experience by following his guests’ lives back to their earliest origins around the globe. For more information about the "Faces of America" series and project, visit www.pbs.org/facesofamerica.
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