Thursday, July 26, 2007

Annie Moore Deja Vu

Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak has a blog post about a play called Making Up History: Searching for Annie Moore. It is about the search for the real Annie Moore last summer - her post is at

Megan attended the play in Washington DC last weekend, and really enjoyed seeing herself portrayed on stage. Read her description of the play and the cast.

I'm wondering if this is the first play performed on stage that has genealogy research as one of the main themes?

I also wonder if there is or will be a video of the play, and if it will ever be shown on Roots Television or sold on DVD.

I wonder if the play might some day be performed at a national or regional genealogy conference. Wouldn't that be a wonderful thing for conference goers to go to instead of a semi-humorous dinner talk by Homer Bloviateur after a long day of sitting on hard chairs in six hour-long sessions. It might also vastly improve the cultural quotient of genealogists, and improve their reputation, at least in the eyes of their spouses.

Ah, the real Annie Moore. To see you "in person," young and old, immigrant and mother. I invested a little time in the search, and still get a bit misty eyed when I speak about it as a great example of 20th century genealogy research.

I hope that Megan gives us more information about the play as time passes.

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