When building support for a new organization or initiative, it’s critical to have as much grassroots support as possible. Reaching impact is nearly impossible if plenty of folks in the community aren’t lifting up the movement. This has certainly been the case for Ancestors unKnown.
Back in December 2014, a dear friend and supporter, Rebecca Fabiano, invited friends and colleagues to her home in Philadelphia to learn and discuss topics related to Ancestors unKnown. It was a wonderful opportunity to share the research and motivations behind the organization, explain our approach to teaching students about their family histories, and engage with like minds who are equally invested in the success and empowerment of young people. And as a bonus, she provided us with some delicious food and drinks.
Rebecca wisely called the event an Ancestors unKnown Salon.
The following month, Ron Lester, an AU Board member, hosted the second Ancestors unKnown Salon at his home in Harlem, NY. This time, we added a fundraising goal, with the hopes of inspiring guests to pledge support for the organization. The result was an incredible conversation, lots of laughs, and pledges of support from everyone there.
Alas, a thing was born.
If you’d like to host a small shindig for your friends, family, colleagues and neighbors that includes snacks, drinks, and inspiring conversation about family, history, identity, education, and other important themes, why not make it an Ancestors unKnown Salon?
The easiest places for me to join and co-host a Salon are in the Netherlands and the US. However, I’m willing to travel for broader opportunities (of course!).
I’ll be in the US this summer, with the hopes of visiting some key cities, including:
- Charleston, SC
- Charlotte, NC
- Chicago, IL
- New York, NY
- Oakland, CA
- Philadelphia, PA
- Washington, DC
Send me a note if you’re interested in hosting the next Ancestors unKnown Salon – even if your city isn’t on the list.
Let’s see what we can make possible through planning, conversation, and community building.