Finding Our Roots

May 6, 2017

Reid Street Gallery, Chatham, VA 24531

On Saturday May 6th, regional libraries, Caswell County Historical Association, AAHGS, History United and the Pittsylvania Historical Society will host an open community event known as “Finding Our Roots” (FOR). Since 2015, this event annually explores family, local history, and the connections we share through both. FOR gives the Dan River Region community the opportunity to discuss their family history with professional and local genealogists and librarians, understand the genealogical resources available to them throughout the region, connect with others in their research, and engage with historians and writers who have used local resources to tell our regional story in inspiring ways. This year’s event is held in Chatham, Virginia, the Pittsylvania County seat, in honor of that county’s 250th anniversary. Register for this free event at

Schedule of Events
12:00pm​: Local genealogists available for free research consultations, library and historical society genealogy resource displays.
12:00pm-2:00pm​: Lunch available for purchase
3:00pm​-4:00pm: Hidden Histories – Keynote with historian Lynn Rainville, author of Hidden History: African American Cemeteries in Central Virginia.
4:00pm​: Ancestry DNA kit raffle

About our keynote speaker:
Lynn Rainville is a research professor in the humanities and the founding director of the Tusculum Institute for local history and historic preservation, located at Sweet Briar College. Although her PhD is in Near Eastern archaeology, she has spent the last two decades studying historic American cemeteries, segregated schools, and enslaved communities. She is the author of several books, including Hidden History: African American Cemeteries in Central Virginia (University of Virginia Press), a book about Sweet Briar College (Arcadia Press), and her forthcoming book title Doing Their Bit: Virginians in the Great War due out later this year with McFarland Press. Her next book, Invisible Founders: Two Centuries of African American Labor at Sweet Briar, is due out in 2018 (Berghan Press).