The first Virtual Nordic Genealogy Conference launched today with nearly 200 participants from 21 states and three Canadian provinces, along with more than 30 experts in the field of genealogy from North American and Nordic institutions.
The Museum's Education and Programs teams spent more than six months rearranging schedules, organizing recordings, and connecting with peers across several countries to turn an onsite conference into a online participatory event.
“With our particular emphasis in the collection concerning Nordic immigration, we are excited to expand our offerings and create this genealogy conference,” said Leslie Anne Anderson, Director of Collections, Exhibitions, and Programs. “While we originally planned this to be an in person, on site conference at the Museum, the necessary change to a virtual conference allowed us to bring in even more experts and offer a wider variety of programming.”
Prior to this weekend's events, the Museum held "Voices of Culture," a panel moderated by the National Nordic Museum’s oral history specialist, Alison DeRiemer, to discuss the importance of collecting, preserving, and sharing oral histories for cultural institutions. Lisa Kranseler of the Washington State Jewish Historical Society and Mikala Woodward of the Wing Luke Museum, engaged in a dialogue about the ways in which their oral history programs aim to preserve stories, spark conversation, and aid in disseminating knowledge of cultural heritage.
The National Nordic Museum would like to thank ScanDesign Foundation and KCTS9 for their support of the very first Virtual Nordic Genealogy Conference.