Where Does Your Story Begin? Explore Tracing Our Roots / Routes
Join NMB to explore, honour, and preserve your family history with Tracing Our Roots/Routes. Online presentations, workshops, resources, and an on-site contemporary art exhibit help us better understand and connect with our collective past.
Local and international expert panelists will provide you with the tools and strategies to research and document your personal story.
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Presenter: Kenyatta Berry, Genealogy Expert
Begin your journey with resources from a leading international expert. An interactive Family Discovery Toolkit is available to download for free to help you get started.Family Discovery Tools, Pt. I
Panelists: Jane Downing (NMB), Ellen Hollis (Bermuda National Library), Mandellas Lightbourne (Bermuda Archives)
Learn about the available resources from local experts to help you to discover your family’s history. Our free Family Discovery Toolkit is available to download to help you research your family history.Family Discovery Tools, Pt. II Search Genealogy Database
Presenter: Joanne Hyppolite (Museum Curator), Hollis Gentry (Genealogy Specialist, Smithsonian Libraries and Archives), Kamilah Stinnett & Doretha Williams (Center for the Digitization and Preservation of African American History, NMAAHC)
Explore how curators, museum specialists, and genealogists at The Smithsonian use multiple strategies to research collections for exhibitions and community archives.
Presenter: Dr. Janet Ferguson, NMB Trustee & education specialist
Join Dr. Janet Ferguson to discover how personal stories and memories are anchored in everyday personal objects and learn how to create a polished, written piece documenting those memories. Using StoryCenter’s “Material Memory” storytelling approach, Dr. Ferguson will explore the associations we make with a cherished family photograph or object and how exploring those associations can reveal memory, sustain relationships, and provide new ideas and growth.Crafting a Personal Story Toolkit
We invite you to share your personal story and photographs. Help us connect with the past and each other. This project will be displayed online and on the walls of the Museum.Submit Your Story
A Solo Exhibit by Gherdai Hassell
On display in Commissioner’s House from June 2022 to September 2023, Hassell’s installation explored ancestry, cultural identity, memory, and time through large-scale digital collages and biodegradable flagging tape sculptures. Her work focused on her own discovery of her family history which she can trace back to West Africa.Learn more about the exhibit
Don’t miss Meredith Andrews’ solo exhibit, Homestead on display in Commissioner’s House.
Through a collection of large format portraits of multi-generational families at their homesteads, local artist Meredith Andrews captures the fortitude of family life in Bermuda. Her vibrant family photographic portraits are an artistic response to NMB’s Bermuda Family Scrapbook project.
Accompanying the stunning portraits is an audio component where visitors can listen to some of the photographed family members reflect on what home means to them and their favourite memory of the homestead.Learn More Pre-Purchase Admission Tickets
Experience the stories of Bermuda’s past—all housed in the island’s largest fort.
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