The Midwest Genealogy Center has a full schedule of family events coming up Saturday.
The center is at 3440 S. Lee’s Summit Road in Independence, and Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Events require registration. Go to midwestgenealogycenter.org.
The Global Family Reunion is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the library describes it as “a live worldwide family reunion, festival, fair, and genealogy convention created by bestselling author A.J. Jacobs.”
Hands-on activities run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., featuring a photo booth, the Stable T. Farms petting zoo, the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts STEM, the Truman Library, the National Frontier Trails Center and the Jackson County Historical Society.
There is a free hot dog lunch as long as supplies last.
Events through the day, mostly geared toward children, are:
• “HOOPLA! Stories & Songs to Make You Wiggle and Giggle” at 10:30 a.m. Storyteller and performer Will Stuck shares some of his favorite stories and songs – with audience participation. Ages 4 and up.
• “Fanny Kelly: Captive of the Sioux Indians” at 11:15 a.m. The story is told through music, costume, PowerPoint and vignette.
• “Common Soldier of the Civil War” at 11:15 a.m. A common foot soldier, local Civil War historian Gregg Higginbotham, takes you through his daily life. From enlistment procedures to camp life, learn the differences in uniforms and equipment of Union and Confederate soldiers. Ages 8 and up.
• “Living Abe Lincoln,” at 12:15 p.m. Actor Larry Greer portrays Lincoln, sharing riveting accounts of his life and times. Ages 9 and up.
• “Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Ozark Woman Who Wrote the Little House Books” at 12:45 p.m. Laura Ingalls Wilder spent most of her life in Missouri’s Land of the Big Red Apple, where she wrote her first book, “Pioneer Girl,”and the “Little House” series. Learn her story. Ages 6 and up.
• “Mad Science Demonstrates Spin, Pop, Boom!” at 2 p.m. Didgeridoo tubes, foaming hands, and steaming chemical reactions will introduce children to a world of exciting chemistry. Ages 3 and up.