Looking forward to Friday's program with our buddy Susan Campbell from the Courant about our search for our family roots. Susan has written extensively in her column, and continues to in an upcoming book, about her "hillbilly" roots in the Missouri Ozarks. The idea for the show really started, though, when Senior Producer Catie Talarski and I had a conversation with Lynne Williamson of the Institute for Community Research in Hartford. She's working with us on a project to bring more attention to the various ethnic festivals around the state (check out Catie's photo essay and interviews about a Peruvian festival) and that took us to a Polish festival in Bristol. Catie was inspired to start looking into her own family's history in the state - and we want to know about yours.
Do you consider yourself a "hyphenated" American - drawn to your family's ancestry? Are you compelled to find out more about the town where you grew up, or the people who gave you your name? Please leave your comments here, or email [email protected]. In case you don't know what we're looking for, here's great comment from Jac on Susan's blog site:
My roots lead all over (Europe). Maybe that's why I like to travel. Maybe its genetic! The upside is that I relate to people almost anywhere. The downside is that I don't have "a people" or "a homeland country". Maybe that's an upside in disguise.
Can't wait to talk about it Friday. Today - school funding cuts are coming, what's the impact for towns and cities? Right now, it doesn't look pretty...