Genealogy Day at the Eiteljorg Museum

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art transports visitors to the era of the Old West. With their latest exhibit “Red Black,” the Eiteljorg traces the blurry lines of genealogy through African and Native American communities at the beginning of United States history. Celebrate the Eiteljorg’s latest exhibit and learn a bit about how to trace your own lineage at Genealogy Day Saturday, May 21 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The cost of this Indianapolis event is simply the price of admission to this Indianapolis museum: $8 for adults, $5 for Indianapolis kids and children four and under are admitted for FREE.

Learn how to discover your roots at the Eiteljorg Museum. With a day packed full of lectures and workshops, its easy for every Hoosier to unlock the mysteries of their past. With special guest speakers including Angela Walton Raji and Charmayne Champion Shaw, get acquainted with genealogy searches.

Genealogy Day Schedule

11:00 am to 5:00 pm
The Eagle Commons on the main level of the Eiteljorg Museum will be flooded with interactive carts each with different genealogy lessons. Stop by each cart to grab some know how about researching your family tree.

11:00 am
Roberta J. Estes presents “An Introduction to DNA and Genealogy.” As a professional scientist, genealogist and founder of DNAeXplain, Estes will teach attendees how DNA can be used to conduct genealogical research. DNA testing works for both male and female members of your family, unlocking the truth about both matriarchal and patriarchal paths in your family. Estes’ makes science easy. By the end of the lecture, each member of the audience will know how to put together their own DNA testing plan. Be sure to bring your pedigree charts!

12:00 pm
Charemayne Champion Shaw, a Southern Cheyenne Indian, presents “Tracing Ancetry.” Champion Shaw teaches how to trace Native American Lineage in a workshop that runs between one hour and ninety minutes.

12:30 pm
The Eiteljorg is famous for its Community Drumming Circles lead by Tony Showa each Saturday.

1:00 to 5:00 pm
Bring your Indianapolis kids to the Family Arts and Crafts station at art making station under the stairs in Eagle Commons. Build flags and beads that celebrate your heritage and family traditions.

1:00 to 5:00 pm
Various Indianapolis cultural organizations will be set up along the Eagle Commons hall for guest to gather information about other possible avenues for research.

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Join a “Talking Circle,” or group conversation, lead by “Circle Keeper” and Assistant Curator White Wolf James. This is a non confrontational way to foster meaningful dialogue about diversity.

2:00 pm
Hear Angela Walton Raji speak on “Blended Families: Tracing African-Native American Genealogy.” This author, genealogist and scholar sheds light on the meaning of blended cultural traditions.

3:30 pm
Roberta J. Estes leads one more lecture combining her knowledge on DNA testing with the search for Native and African American lineages.

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Genealogy Day
Saturday, May 21
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Eiteljorg Museum
500 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN