The RootsTech Conference is quickly approaching. Are you considering attending? Wondering what all the hoopla is about? After watching streamed classes for years, I finally attended RootsTech 2016 in person and discovered why people come from all over the world to attend the largest gathering of genealogists and family historians around. The keynote speakers, classes, and expo hall combine to give you an experience of a lifetime. If you’ve never attended, what’s holding you back? If it’s the price of admission, then I’m excited to offer a complimentary RootsTech plus Innovator Summit 2017 4-day pass, valued at $299 to one lucky subscriber. (Details of the giveaway at the end of this article.) The pass includes:
■ Innovator Summit
■ over 200 classes
■ General sessions
■ RootsTech classes
■ Getting Started classes
■ Expo hall
■ Evening events
As a RootsTech 2017 Ambassador, I’ll be posting monthly to keep you updated on all the latest news as RootsTech rolls out their 2017 schedule. (As an ambassador, I received a free pass from RootsTech in return for my promotion of the event.)
For me, the most inspirational parts of RootsTech 2016 were the keynote speakers. With the theme of storytelling, each celebrity told their own experiences and gave me much food for thought as I pondered my role as a family storyteller. With the announcement that LeVar Burton will be Friday’s keynote speaker, I think we’re in for another series of fascinating and motivational speakers. The RootsTech 2017 home page gives this information:
LeVar Burton is known by millions as the face of Reading Rainbow, the beloved, long running PBS children’s television series, and for his role as Geordi La Forge, Chief Engineer in the iconic Star Trek: The Next Generation series. Many also remember seeing his talent debut in 1977 when he was cast in the groundbreaking role of Kunta Kinte in the landmark television miniseries Roots. In addition to his familiar talent as an actor, he is an accomplished director, producer, writer, speaker, educator, and entrepreneur. He is the honored recipient of 12 Emmy Awards, a Grammy and five NAACP Awards. Burton has experienced continual success in his innovative efforts to promote his passion for literature, storytelling, and imagination. He is the Co-Founder and Curator-in-Chief of RRKIDZ, the online home of Reading Rainbow and Skybrary. With millions of fans throughout the world, he continues his mission to inspire, entertain and educate.
According to FamilySearch:
He is excited about the opportunity to keynote at RootsTech where he plans to share personal stories about Roots, Star Trek, his Reading Rainbow foundation, and also stories of his mom and her commanding influence on him.
“The story of Roots traces a family’s journey from Africa to America and back. At RootsTech, I’ll share some of my own journey of family, storytelling and the influence of African culture on my American Experience.”
I’ve watched LeVar Burton on television through the years. I well remember being glued to the television set watching the miniseries “Roots” as a teenager in 1977. I also watched watched numerous “Reading Rainbow” episodes as my children were growing up. I can’t wait to hear first hand what LeVar has to share about the importance of stories.
To enter my giveaway contest for one complimentary RootsTech pass, simply enter in the comments section below one of the following:
- Your memory of watching LeVar Burton as Kunta Kinte in “Roots”
- In honor of “Reading Rainbow,” your favorite children’s book
The giveaway is now closed. Thanks to everyone who participated! See the comments section to discover the lucky winner and read many great memories of watching LeVar.
Nicole will also be giving away a free pass, so look for her contest starting here on November 15th.
I can’t wait to see you at RootsTech 2017!
My favorite children’s book was “Pippi Longstocking.”
I love the Reading Rainbow book How my Parents Learned to Eat. I bought it over 20 years ago, long before I had children or was married. I wanted to teach my future children about cultural diversity. I love Mr. Burton and can’t wait to hear him speak at Rootstech.
Following the link I only see the ability to register for RootsTech for $189. Did I miss it on that page? Word searched “complimentary” with zero hits. Help?
Hi Leslie, to enter the giveaway, simply add a comment to the end of this post. We will choose one winner at random after November 10 and notify the winner by email!
I loved Roots back in the day, although it’s been so many years I don’t really remember all the details. But my kids loved Reading Rainbow. My favorite children’s book would probably be “There’s a Cow in the Road.” We used to have to read it to our daughter *every night*, word-for-word, and if we missed a word, we heard about it! I’m hoping to go to RootsTech 2017 (I’m a family history student via BYU-Idaho’s online program), and hope to see you there!
My favorite children’s book is the Monster At The End Of This Book. It was a Sesame Street book I had as a kid. It had Grover trying to convince the reader not to turn the page. I thought it was a very creative premise. And I used to love Reading Rainbow, along with Mr. Rogers. I still know the theme song to Reading Rainbow by heart. Something’s you just never forget.
So awesome I’d love to win. I have so many memories watching Levar Burton growing up. Still have the Reading Rainbow song stuck in my head from all those years ago. I have so many favorite books. As a younger child my favorite books were The Barenstein Bears The Spooky Old Tree, and also loved Ms. Nelson is Missing. As I got older I loved Charlotte’s Web and The Secret Garden.
My favorite children’s book was “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch. It would be so great to go. I have never been before, but have been wanting to for the last few years.
My favorite book as a child was “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss.
There was one point in my younger years when Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein was my favorite book!
My favorite children’s book is What Do You Do With An Idea by Kobi Yamada. I love the message and it has the most beautiful illustrations!
I would love to win!!! I loved Reading Rainbow. One of my favorite books that they read was “The Patchwork Quilt”, written by Valerie Flournoy and Jerry Pinkey It is a story of how a young girl learns to treasure and value her own family traditions. She watches her grandmother make a patch-work quilt, and becomes fascinated by its construction. Tanya learns far more than the skills required to make the quilt.
Watching Lavar Burton play Kunta Kinte in “Roots” was magical and opened my eyes to the horror of slavery and fueled my love of family stories and genealogy. Being able to attend RootsTech 2107 and listening to him deliver his Keynote in person would be amazing! Thank you for the opportunity to win a free pass!
Your memory of watching LeVar Burton as Kunta Kinte in “Roots”
I remember it was such a powerful series overall and it spurred on my interest in genealogy
In honor of “Reading Rainbow,” your favorite children’s book
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey.
My favorite children’s book is Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein.
As a little girl we used to watch Reading Rainbow in the library at my elementary school. I can still remember the smell of all the old books and all of us crowding around the television to eagerly watch the show and wonder what book they’d read aloud on the episode.
I remember watching “Roots” every evening with my family. We didn’t want to miss any episodes of the movie. What a wonderful job LaVar Burton did on the movie.
My favorite children’s bio book is Bridge to Terabithia and James and the Giant Peach.
I specifically remember the Roots mini-series, I was a student in college and when Roots came on the TV I left the library and went to the Student Union building (Weber State College) to watch. I wasn’t the only one.
My favorite children’s book is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.
I watched the Roots mini-series with Lavar is was a great show. I loved the book Love You Forever by Munsch.
I would love to go to Rootstech. I have never been, but love family history so much!
1) The passion he put into the roll. You can see he cared so much about how the viewers felt about the film
2) Good night moon was one I always had to have read to me before bedtime. I am sure my father was quite fed up reading it night after night but he still sat there and read it!
I have always wanted to go to something like this. They had a very small (fit in the historical society house) here in the area and I had felt like a kid in a candy store with just 10 vendors. This would probably be the adventure of a lifetime!
Congratulations to Allyson Stephenson, the winner of my RootsTech 2017 pass!
For those who didn’t win, look for Nicole’s giveaway beginning November 15th on FamilyLocket.com.
Many other Rootstech Ambassadors are also holding contests this month. You can find them at: http://conferencekeeper.org/contests/
Good luck. I hope to see you there!