How Advertising Brought Our Ancestors to the Midwest

How Advertising Brought Our Ancestors to the Midwest


by Annette Burke Lyttle

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How Advertising Brought Our Ancestors to the Midwest


What motivated our ancestors to move to the Midwest? We’ll examine how newspaper advertising, broadsides, pamphlets, and books were aimed at prospective migrants from other parts of the U.S. and from Europe to get them to come, work, buy land, and settle in sparsely-populated frontier areas. We'll look at what kinds of messages these ads used to make hard work and pioneer living seem attractive. Attendees will come away with an appreciation of how this particular spur to migration shaped the growth of the Midwestern region.


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Presenter: Annette Burke Lyttle

Annette Burke Lyttle owns Heritage Detective, LLC, providing professional genealogical services in research, education, and writing. She speaks on a variety of genealogical topics at the national, state, and local levels and loves helping people uncover and share their family stories. Annette is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Genealogical Speakers Guild, as well as a number of national, state, and local societies.

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