Fredericksburg Family History Day 2016

 2016 Theme: Connecting Our Stars

Saturday March 19, 2016, from 9am -3pm

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
1710 Bragg Rd, Fredericksburg, VA
Walk-in Registration Begins at 8:00 am
Keynote address Begins at 9 am

Our Keynote Speaker

Pretzer, William; Supervisory Museum Curator; National Museum of African American History & Culture; Smithsonian Institution

Dr. William S. Pretzer

Senior Curator for History

National Museum of African American History and Culture


Bill Pretzer has been Senior Curator for History at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture since 2009. He has managed the museum’s collaboration with FamilySearch on the Freedmen’s Bureau Indexing Project as well as curating one of the museum’s 11 inaugural exhibitions, and helping assemble the museum’s collection of over 35,000 artifacts, photographs and documents. Previously, he directed the Museum of Cultural and Natural History while teaching history and museum studies at Central Michigan University (2006-09) and served as a curator and educator at Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village (1985-2006). Prior to that, he worked as project historian at Winterthur Museum (1984-85) and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History (1980-84). He has produced exhibitions and published articles on a variety of topics, including labor and industrial history, the Harlem Renaissance, American freedom movements, and museum practice. Bill received his B.A. from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University.


Keynote Presentation


Family Histories and National Stories in the National Museum of African American History and Culture



Opening in September 2016, the National Museum of African American History and Culture will be the 19th museum of the Smithsonian Institution. It will use African American history and culture as a lens into what it means to be an American. This presentation will explore how personal stories are integral to narratives of national importance and how the museum will integrate family history into future programming.