Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 W. Broadway, Frankfort, Ky.
PRESENTER: Wayne Winkler, director of WETS-FM/HD, East Tennessee State University; author and speaker about Melungeon heritage; past president of the Melungeon Heritage Association
TOPICS: Winkler comes back to Second Saturday Genealogy by popular demand to talk about the Melungeon people and culture.
1. The Melungeons: Sons and Daughters of the Legend
This introduction to the Melungeons will cover who they are, how they are identified, theories of their origins, and the Melungeons’ relationship to other, similar mixed ethnic groups. Also covered: The history of Melungeons, going back to their first identification in the early 19th Century all the way up to recent DNA studies.
2. Myths, Media and Melungeons
In this presentation, Winkler will discuss what has been written about the Melungeons and how various authors’ perceptions of the group were shaped by contemporary political and historical factors. He will also talk about how mythology surrounding the Melungeons continues today and how much of that mythology has been created by Melungeons rather than outsiders.