Sharing Interesting Ancestors: Writing Brief Narrative Sketches

Emily Sienkiewicz

Do you want to share your family history research and enthusiasm with your relatives, but find that their eyes tend to glaze over when you pull out your pedigree charts and family group sheets? Try presenting the information to them in bite-size chunks, one interesting ancestor at a time, using brief, 1-3 page narratives with visual impact. Presented by Karen Fortin. For details see

Are you calling my granddad a liar? Family lore and what to do with it

Emily Sienkiewicz

Oral family history can be spot-on accurate, or rife with misconceptions. Combining genealogy and pop psychology, we’ll discuss some real examples of family lore that have come up in my research over the years, examine why and how misinformation gets repeated, and look at some ways to tease out the truth in our family trees. For details see

Sharing Your Family History

Emily Sienkiewicz

There are many ways to share your genealogy research with future generations. But with so many available tools and methods, getting started can be overwhelming. In this class, we’ll cover some of the ways you can share your hard work and heritage with family members. Just in time for family reunions and summer vacations! There’s no cost to participate and registration is required! All registrants will be emailed a Zoom link and instructions a few days before the class. Don’t want to wait? Download the class handout from this calendar listing or check out our website to learn more about PPLD’s other genealogy resources! For details see

Book Talk: Memory, Edited

Amanda Meeks

An exploration of historical memory and networks of meaning in the context of today’s crises of extremism and polarization. As authoritarianism continues to rise around the world, the stories we tell ourselves about what has happened and what is happening become ever more relevant. In Memory, Edited, Abby Smith Rumsey examines collective memory, how it binds us, and how it can be used by bad actors to manipulate us. Bringing forward the voices of a rich cast of Eastern European artists from the past two hundred years—from Fyodor Dostoevsky to Gerhard Richter—Rumsey shows how their work and lives illustrate the devastation wrought by regimes dependent on entrenched lies to survive. This hijacking of the narrative polarizes …