3rd Thursday to spotlight family and community history

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Photo submitted by Keizer Heritage Center

Photo submitted by Keizer Heritage Center

Family and community history will be in the spotlight at January’s 3rd Thursday event at Keizer Heritage Center on January 17. The public is invited to see videos of Keizer’s Oral History,  learn to conduct and videotape oral history interviews within their own family, and how to start a family tree.

Phillip O’Donnell of Copper Fish Studios will discuss how to plan and conduct videotaped interviews of family histories. Copper Fish Studios operates Channel 23, Keizer’s public access television station. O’Donnell and his staff film all Keizer City Council meetings and have filmed all of the Keizer Oral History interviews. Those interviews will be available for viewing at the 3rd Thursday event.

Lyndon Zaitz, publisher of the Keizertimes, will lead a discussion on how to conduct interviews with family members to gather information that is important to any family’s history.

Elizabeth Tice, president of the Willamette Valley Genealogical Society, will talk about how to start a family history with genealogical searches and using local resources.

The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Events Room at the Center at 980 Chemawa Road N.E.  Admission is free. Plenty of parking is available at the Keizer Heritage Center.

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