The following is an announcement from TeenGenes in Independence, Missouri:
Join the TeenGenes group Saturday for a trip through the history of the United States and learn about some people you have never heard of.
Each TeenGenes member will portray a documented ancestor they have found through their personal research at the Genealogy and Local History Branch of the Mid-Continent Library.
The special program, "Our Favorite People" or "TeenGenes Excellent Adventure," will be presented at 1:30 p.m. in the branch alcove at 317 W. U.S. 24, Independence.
Dressed in period attire, Ryan King, Sarah Buehler and Jessica Kratz, all students, will tell their stories, along with TeenGenes co-sponsors, Angela McComas and Diana Watkins.
Ryan, a seventh grader, will portray Thomas King, a soldier in the Revolutionary War; Sarah, a high school senior, will play Lee Harrell, an immigrant during the 1880s; Jessica, a high school senior, playing Bert Moore, an orphan during the Irish potato famine in the 1890s; McComas, a library research assistant, playing Madge Mason, a newlywed in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee in the 1920s; and Watkins, a librarian, playing Margaret Christensen, a first generation of Danish descent in the 1920s.
TeenGenes is a group of young people who meet at 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday, January through October, to discuss and research their family history. Meetings are at the Genealogy and Local History Branch.
For more information about joining TeenGenes, call (816) 252-7228.