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Monday, November 09, 2015

PBS' 'Genealogy Roadshow' comes to Houston

Houston Public Media hosts production at historic location; general public invited to watch tapings and get family history questions answered

PBS and Houston Public Media announced today that GENEALOGY ROADSHOW will tape a Texas-focused episode for the series’ third season on Sunday, November 22 in the Julia Ideson Building at the Downtown Houston Public Library, from 9 am to 6 pm.

Pre-selected regional family stories will be highlighted during the taping, with participants receiving answers to family mysteries and details about family histories for the first time on-camera. Members of the general public are invited to attend the taping, and have their own family history questions answered by genealogical experts available on site.

Part detective story, part emotional journey, GENEALOGY ROADSHOW combines history and science to uncover fascinating stories of diverse Americans. In preparation for the tapings, show producers sought Houston area residents who have (or believe they have) interesting or significant family stories. Their claims and questions were researched by a team of experts across the country who use genealogical knowledge, history and DNA results – as well as family heirlooms, letters, pictures, historical documents and other clues – to hunt down information and answers. In doing so, the team often finds unexpected links to the larger community histories, revealing the deep cultural and familial tapestries of the featured region and how they relate to the larger American story.

GENEALOGY ROADSHOW’s Texas-themed episode will air on PBS next year as part of the show’s third season, which premieres May 17, 2016 at 8 pm ET (check local listings). The third season features a diverse cast of participants from cities around the country, including Houston, Boston, Providence, Miami, Los Angeles and one city TBD.

Known for its diversity and unique roots, Houston is an iconic city of the southwestern U.S., playing key roles in American and Texas history with its storied industrial legacy, and its centuries-old spirit of adventure as the home of cattle-ranchers and cowboys, the American oil boom and NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson’s Space Center. A multicultural port city, Houston has a large international community and is a major hub for the arts in Texas.

“We are delighted to host Genealogy Roadshow in Houston,” said Lisa Shumate, Associate Vice President & General Manager of Houston Public Media. “With our city’s rich and diverse history, I can’t think of a better place to uncover the fascinating stories and unique legacies that make up our vibrant community.”

(This post was sent to me by Houston Public Media)

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