The Pacific Northwest Forum
Volume IS, Number 1, Page 28
Conference on Family History
One of the most impressive historical conferences ever assembled in the State of Washington took place in Seattle last October 23-24. The conference, entitled "Bicentennial Perspectives on the Family and Society" was sponsored by the Seattle Branch of the National Archives and was organized under the direction of Phillip J. Lothyan. The gathering was especially noteworthy for involving many different kinds of historians professionals and amateurs, archivists, teachers, and university professors. It included several dozen speeches and panels that ranged in subject matter from scholarly papers on various topics to practical suggestions for geneological research and teaching family history.
Perhaps the most impressive statement made during the conference came, however, not from the speakers or panelists, but from a young college student who commented from the audience that his own experience in a family history course had led him, a business major, to take many other history courses. Beginning with his family history, he had become interested in the history of the whole nation. His statement exhibited the underlying assumption of the conference, that the study of families leads to a better understanding of the story of humanity.
Forum Reports, published by The Pacific Northwest Forum, are articles of special interest to particular groups within the historical community. Our first report, "A Bicentennial Survey of Education Materials on the American Revolution," has been mailed to all Forum subscribers who are teachers. If you would like this report, and do not yet have one, write The Pacific Northwest Forum, and we will be glad to send you a copy.
Our Thanks for Suggestions
During the past year man people have contributed thoughtful suggestions to The Pacific Northwest Forum. Some of these comments came in answer to a questionaire that we sent to readers of The Historians' Bicentennial Newsletter. Others discussed the Forum concept with a Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education intern, Susan E. Snow, who spent last summer traveling 4,000 miles in Washington State discussing the Forum. Her excellent report provided many useful guidelines for the new publication.
We wish to express our thanks to the people who answered the questionaire or discussed our publication with Ms. Snow. We hope to incorporate many of your ideas in future issues of the Forum.