Camp aims to get kids interested in family history

Published: Tuesday, May 11 2010 12:19 a.m. MDT

on a wig and a dress and entered a rodeo queen contest — and won; of a

girl who tried to fly by jumping out of a treehouse with an umbrella; of

a boy who wanted to dangle his feet off the edge of a hay wagon, but

when he stood up to move to the edge, \"I flew off and landed in the cow


Write those stories down, said Hibben.

\"Right now, they seem really clear in your mind, but years from now, you

might not remember.\"

Earlier at the genealogical conference,

author and historian David McCullough also talked about the importance

of teaching kids family history and history in general. He learned what a

poor job we are doing of teaching history, he said, when a California

college student asked him, \"Other than John Adams and President (Harry

S.) Truman, how many presidents have you interviewed?\"

Learning history

begins at home, he said. \"When I was young, every night my father would

come home, and we'd sit around the dinner table. We talked of the

history of Pittsburgh. We talked about the history of our family.\"

History is not just military events and

politics, said McCullough. \"It is human beings, and it's anything buy

dry, dull and tedious. We've got to show our children and grandchildren

how much we care about it. What matters most is attitude, and that is

not taught; it is caught. Learn about what you love, and then share that

love.\" Family history, he said, is a great place to start.

After all, it's your heritage. That's

also what the National Genealogical Society wants kids to know, and

this, as well:

Deep in the past lie the roots of today.From our distant beginning, we grow to

form the future.

Learn about your ancestors, so you can


Their joys and dreams,

Their struggles and sacrifices,

The great and simple things they did so


You can live today.

They are your heritage.

Here you stand, in the promise of the


What great tree will grow from your life?

To encourage and recognize the next

generation of family historians, the National Genealogical Society has

established the Rubincam Youth Award. Students are invited to submit

original, written biographies and genealogies in two categories: seniors

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