The Albany Institute of History & Art is set to host “Confronting Slavery: Discovering Family History in the Hudson Valley,” an online program with genealogists Eleanor Mire and Debra Bruno on Sunday, October 18th.
In this program, Eleanor Mire and Debra Bruno will share insights from their family histories and the genealogical research they’ve conducted which led them to discover they are descended from the same family in New York’s Hudson Valley.
Eleanor Mire is a Black woman who traced her lineage to Mary Vanderzee, who was born in 1801 to the enslaved Egberts family of Coxsackie, Greene County, New York. Debra Bruno, who had been researching the very same family discovered she is descended from enslavers.
Their story was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered in August 2020.
This program is offered free with a suggested donation of $10. The presentation will be offered live at 2 pm via Zoom with a Q&A session. All participants will receive the Zoom link one hour before the lecture to the email used during registration. Registration is available through the museum’s website.
For more information, visit the Institute website or call (518) 463-4478.