Reclaiming Ancestors: When Your History Hasn't Been Told

Reclaiming Ancestors: When Your History Hasn’t Been Told

Declaration Reclamation

Participants are encouraged to attend both workshops, though are welcome to take either.



Participants are encouraged to attend both workshops, though are welcome to take either.

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Our ancestors have stories to tell. These family histories include the trials and triumphs that got us to where we are today. Yet, in the United States, history boasts the stories of only a select few. For so many of us, our ancestors have been left in the margins and we have been led to believe our histories were erased. Impacted by slavery, forced migrations, reeducation, and other identity traumas, many Americans have more questions than answers about where and who we’ve come from.

Using a combination of research and creativity, we can begin filling in the gaps that disrupt our histories and finally start telling our ancestors’ stories. In these interactive workshops led by Ancestors unKnown, we will reflect on the importance of our lost family histories and learn some basic family history research skills.

Declaration Reclamation is presented in collaboration with The Network of Arts Administrators of Color (ArtsBoston).

Support for Declaration Reclamation is provided by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


What’s Your Family History?

JUN 16 12PM – 1PM

Participants will be guided in a series of discussions and creative activities that explore personal mysteries of the past and future, while uncovering our power to influence both. Imagination, risk-taking, and curiosity about the past are encouraged.

Starting Your Family Research

JUN 20 12PM – 1:30PM

Participants will learn how to start their family history research using practical tips and a realistic approach to researching and telling family histories, with an emphasis on the unique research skills and challenges relevant to Black and Brown family history research. Online resources and research recommendations will be provided.

About Ancestors unKnown

Ancestors unKnown is an education social enterprise that provides schools, non-profit organizations, and corporations with workshops and curricula related to archives, family history research, and other untold histories.

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