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A History of Thanskgiving – Presentation Links

On November 29, 2022, Hailey Fenner, the Manager of Digital Learning at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture (VMHC), provided a historical perspective on the long standing debate – who celebrated the first Thanksgiving?

Ms. Fenner provided the following links to material that may be of interest based on the historical nature of the first Thanksgiving:

The First Thanksgiving – Lecture

Backstory with The History Guys: Thanksgiving

VPM Documentary: The First Official Thanksgiving

NEW DATE! Colonial Virginia Huguenots – – Who They Were & How They Influenced America

Featured Speakers: Janice Lorenz & Nancy Brennan

Tuesday, December 6, 2022, 7pm ET (via Zoom)

Our speakers have provided a resources document related to the Virginia Huguenots. Click here for the PDF.

Note: You do NOT need to register again if you registered for this program when it was originally scheduled in September 2022. Register at this link if you did not register in September 2022:

The presentation will begin with the history of the Huguenots, their beliefs, and reasons they fled France in the 17th Century.  The speakers will explain how and why Huguenots came to Americas (particularly Virginia) and where they settled, and then share valuable tips and resources to help you begin, or advance, your exploration of Huguenot ancestors.  The presentation with provide some examples of contributions made by Huguenots, information on the National Huguenot Society, and provide time to answer questions.

Janice Murphy Lorenz is a Virginia born and bred Huguenot descendant with Huguenot ancestry on both her maternal and paternal lines.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Virginia and her Juris Doctor degree from the TC Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond.

Janice’s experience with genealogy began almost twenty years ago when she became a member of The National Huguenot Society where she has been an active, contributing member. Janice served as President General from 2011 to 2015 and is an Honorary President General for life.  In addition, she has authored and contributed to numerous publications and has been the Editor of the National Huguenot Society’s magazine, The Cross of Languedoc, sine 2006.

Nancy Wright Brennan is a graduate of Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, TX.  She has been an active researcher and leader in lineage societies for many years.  She has been past president of the Texas State Genealogical Society; past president of the Huguenot Society of Texas and has held offices with state and local chapters of the DAR, Colonial Dames and the Jamestowne Society.   Nancy has also authored and contributed to numerous genealogy articles and books.     Nancy served as the Registrar General for the National Huguenot Society for six years and has been the Genealogist General for the Society since 2015.