A man of Dutch ancestry, who dates the history of his family in America to 1665, is researching his family history.  He happens upon a name, Charles Osterhout, and then "The Osterhouts"-- a photo by a lion of the Harlem Renaissance: James Van Der Zee.  These Osterhouts are Black.  He’s White. What?  Who?  Wow!

This week on The Janus Adams Show, "Who Did the Shirt on the Line Belong To?"-- an adventure into family, photography, and a history of America we rarely hear -- with our guest, conceptual artist, writer, family ancestry researcher, bearer of amazing surprises: Mike Osterhout

For this special #COVID19 #StayingHome edition of the show, the sound is a little off, but the message is clear: Everyone has a story to tell, but some are more complex, interesting, and profound, than others.

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Guest: Mike Osterhout

TAGS: James Van Der Zee, Donna Van Der Zee, Harlem Renaissance, Photography,  Mike Osterhout, Charles Osterhout, Austin Steward, Harry Bradshaw Matthews, USCT Institute, Roderick Angle, Slavery, Roland Barthes, Creative Practice,  Community, Creative Spaces,  Film, Living, Sculpture, WJFF, Catskills, Dutch West India Trading Company