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Everyday families have extraordinary stories.
Everyday families have extraordinary stories. Our American Family seeks to document our American family heritage, one family at a time, and inspire viewers to capture their own family stories - before those voices are gone.

The first half of the 1900’s represents the last era of American life that, for most families, began largely unchanged from the generations that came before. Our American Family captures the voices of the generation that experienced this simpler time and the change that followed.

In our pilot episode, Our American Family – The Youngs, airing on PBS stations throughout the country starting this fa
ll, we profile Darwyn Young, his wife Pauline and their eight children who labored as tenant farmers while nurturing a dream of one day owning their own land. The documentary chronicles their family journey, where reliance upon one another and their faith were the glue that held the family together through the extreme hardships of the Depression era and the Great War. Day to day life of work and play is interspersed with stories that allow viewers to relate to this American family and understand the deep bonds of love and sacrifice that have been passed down through the generations…and discover a bit of their own family along the way.

Every day that passes is another day closer to a day when we will no longer be able to hear first-hand what it meant to be a family during this simpler time, before the world changed. To hear first-hand what lessons were learned that we can apply today. We encourage all families to capture their stories now while they still can.

If your family’s story is one you believe we should tell as part of the Our American Family tapestry, we encourage you to review our requirements and if your family qualifies, to submit an online application.

Our American Family serves as a mirror and seeks to inspire all of us to capture their own stories - before those voices are gone.