Discovering a Family History: From the Famous and Heroic to the Infamous and Notorious
About 15 years ago, Carleton Young was clearing out his parents’ attic in Pittsburgh and was surprised to discover an enormous collection of letters written by two brothers during the Civil War. He then spent more than a decade visiting battlefields and researching the two soldiers. His book about this experience, Voices From the Attic: The Williamstown Boys in the Civil War received many positive reviews and as a result, he has been invited to share his story with more than 250 different organizations around the country. 
In order to find his family connection to the two soldiers, he later began an extensive research of his own family history. Through that process, he was surprised to discover that he was related to many famous people in American history, the same people that he had been teaching about in his own history classes for so many years. There were family connections to Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Ulysses S. Grant, Paul Revere, and many other famous Americans. He also found that along with the famous and heroic, there were family connections to a few infamous rogues and murderers as well. He has now put these stories together into a program entitled “Discovering a Family History: From the Famous and Heroic to the Infamous and Notorious.”
Carleton Young has undergraduate degrees in economics and English from Westminster College and Point Park University, an MA in history from Ohio University, and his PhD in the history of education from the University of Pittsburgh. For 37 years he taught a very popular AP history class at Thomas Jefferson High School in Pittsburgh. He has also taught classes as an adjunct professor at the Community College of Allegheny College, the University of Pittsburgh, Eastern Gateway Community College, and in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.
Thursday Nov 9, 2023
7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM
Meeting Room A
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