SALT LAKE CITY—The Family History Library announces its third annual African American Family History Open House to be held on Saturday, 12 February 2005. The event will feature keynote speaker Dr. Ronald G. Coleman from the University of Utah and a day-long series of classes and workshops.

The open house is sponsored by the Family History Library, the NAACP Salt Lake Chapter and the Utah State Office of Black Affairs.

“Family history research has a way of uniting families across distances and generations,” said NAACP Salt Lake Chapter President Jeanetta Williams. “The contribution, sacrifice, faith and courage of our ancestors must be preserved and passed on so they are not forgotten.”

Dr. Coleman’s keynote presentation will begin at 10:00 a.m. His remarks will center on African-Americans in pioneer Utah. A Utah Governor’s Award recipient for contributions to the humanities, Dr. Coleman’s research and writings explore race and ethnic relations in the United States during the Civil War and Reconstruction.

In 2003, his insightful article, “Is There No Blessing for Me?”: Jane Elizabeth Manning James, A Mormon African American Woman was published in the book African American Women Confront the West, 1600-2000.

A series of classes to help familiarize the African-American community with the tremendous free resources available to assist them in their family history research will follow Dr. Coleman’s remarks. For a complete schedule of classes, log onto www.familysearch.org. Go to the “Library” tab, then click on “Education” to open “Family History Library Classes—February”. Seating for classes is limited. Please call 801-240-4950 to pre-register.

Attendees will be able to experience the newly remodeled Family History Library including, a hands-on computer training lab, more computers and work stations, and a new service that provides personal assistance to first-time guests. In addition to the classes, library staff and volunteers will be available throughout the day to offer free personal assistance.

The Family History Library is located at 35 North West Temple Street, directly west of Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City.