Thursday, September 19, 2013

Thankful Thursday - GENEALOGY ROADSHOW

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward  - PBS Announcement

To all Root Cellar SGS members.... another opportunity for a new genealogy based television series

Mondays starting September 23 - October 14, 2013
"Mark Your Calendar  & Pre-Program Your Recorder"
How exciting that we will have another Genealogy Based Show available. AND how timely, "Who Do You Think You Are?" just ended its series for this season and now another show begins. [NOTE: The US version of Who Do You Think You Are? has been renewed for a second season by TLC. The new season is due to air in 2014, although the celebrities taking part have yet to be confirmed. The first season averaged 1.8 million viewers]   Fantastic!!
GENEALOGY ROADSHOW is part detective story and part emotional journey. It will combine history and science to uncover the fascinating stories of Americans. It is going to be unique because each individuals past will link to a larger community history. So it will be showing a bigger picture of our nations past and maybe a little of the present and some future.
GENEALOGY ROADSHOW’s premiere season will feature participants from four American cities — Nashville, Austin, Detroit and San Francisco — who want to explore genealogical claims, passed down through family history, that may (or may not) connect them to an event or a historical figure.The program will feature genealogical authors, lecturers and researchers Joshua Taylor and Kenyatta Berry as the show’s on-air experts. Los Angeles-area broadcaster Emmett Miller has been named as the host of the series. As you can tell by the dates of this premiere series, the first season of this program will only be four episodes, each from a different city (Nashville, Austin, Detroit and San Francisco).  

Episodes in the series include: (NOTE: this was taken straight from the website)
Nashville is a vibrant cultural crossroad in the American South. While it is the capital of country music and a centerpiece of Civil War history, it’s known for much more. The city rose to prominence within the shipping industry, and its post-Civil War prosperity led to an explosion in architecture, education and the arts. Its abundant opportunities led to population swells of Mexican, Cambodian and Iraqi immigrants. Nashville’s Jewish community laid roots in the area more than 150 years ago, and an influx of Kurdish immigrants in recent years has given the city its new nickname, “Little Kurdistan.”

With the motto “Keep Austin Weird,” this city prides itself on uniqueness. The fast- growing metropolis has evolved into a hub for government, technology, culture and education. Austin boasts a strong sense of individuality that stems in part from its diverse history. With early Native-American settlements of Tonkawas and Comanches, central Texas’ rich culture includes Mexican, Asian, African-American and European communities.

While Detroit is known mainly for two things — cars and Motown — there is much more to the city, which boasts one of the most diverse populations in the country. After its settlement by French-Canadians, Detroit attracted a large number of Europeans and immigrants of Middle Eastern descent, making it now home to the largest Arab-American community in the country. As well, hundreds of thousands of African-Americans moved to Detroit from the rural southern U.S. as part of The Great Migration of the 20th century. Detroit was the first place in the country to have a stretch of concrete highway and a four-way, three-color traffic light. It supplied 75 percent of the liquor during the Prohibition era and was the birthplace of the ice cream soda.
San Francisco is known as a Pacific port, a religious mission, a railroad hub, a mining mecca, an earthquake epicenter, the birthplace of world-famous counterculture movements and the home of the biggest technological innovations of all time, including denim jeans. The city has seen its population transformed over and over again due to its constantly shifting industries, leading to the significant diversity that exists there today.

I am excited and am anxcious for September 23 to come around (5 days). Apparently a version of this show is very popular in Ireland and is now in their second season. So there is hope that we will be seeing more than 4 episodes.

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