Park Forest Historical Society’s February 26 Program ‘A Journey into One African American Family History From 1783-2011’

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—February 13, 2012.  “A Journey into One African American Family History From 1783-2011,” will be the program shared with us Sunday February 26 at 2:30 p.m. by Viola Baecher.  Viola, a former educator at Rich Central, has successfully traced her family’s roots toVirginia, and to many prominent families in Stockton,CA.

 Ms. Baecher hopes she can encourage more people to discover and share their own stories.  “It’s especially important for African-Americans,” said Baecher. “We just don’t have enough of these incredibly positive stories for people to see and to appreciate their own stories.” 

Viola’s journey began with wanting to know more about the grandmother she had never met.  It ended with trips across the country, and presentations on the families she discovered. She connected with the Hall, Rodgers and Quivers families.

She will share not only her story, but methods she used to find it.  She will talk about using newspaper reports, census records, and county records, libraries and more.

Park Forest Historical Society programs are free and open to the general public.

Programs are held in Park Forest Village Hall Board meeting room, 350 Victory Drive.     

Source: Park Forest Historical Society