Washington County (Maryland) Historical Society Opens New Genealogy Center

The following teaser is from heraldmailmedia.com:


Washington County [Maryland] Historical Society Board President Evelyn Williams, a native Floridian, said the past few days — with Hurricane Matthew pounding the state’s eastern coast — weighed heavy on her mind.

Joined by supporters and local dignitaries, Williams and fellow historical society officials cut a ribbon to officially open the center, a first-of-its-kind resource for residents looking to trace their family lineage.

The event also served as a weekend kickoff for more family-friendly genealogical activities today and Sunday.

“It was a dream of the board of directors for about the last 18 months we’ve been working on this,” said Carol Miller-Schultz, a genealogist who teaches at Hagerstown Community College and is a historical society board member.

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For more information, see the society’s website.

Juneau County (Wisconsin) Historical Society Receives Grant

The following teaser is from an article posted August 5, 2016 at the wiscnews.com website.


The Juneau County Historical Society will soon have a better way to archive its valuable artifacts.

Located at the Boorman House in Mauston, the county historical society was one of 28 affiliated in the state to receive a grant to help purchase the PastPerfect collections management software to help organize its archiving system. The mini-grant program, created by the Wisconsin Historical Society, awarded $15,475 to historical societies for various projects and activities.

The Juneau County Historical Society received $700 for the archiving software and board member Karla Riley said it was sorely needed.

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Old Canada Road Historical Society Launches Online Database

The following teaser is from www.centralmaine.com:

BINGHAM — The Old Canada Road Historical Society recently announced the launch of its online collections database, a new resource for those interested in the history of the Upper Kennebec Valley…

The society covers the towns and plantations on both sides of the Kennebec from Bingham to Parlin Pond, including Moscow, Caratunk, The Forks, West Forks, Concord, Pleasant Ridge, Carrying Place and Bowtown.

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The German Society of Pennsylvania Celebrates 250 Years

The following teaser is from an article written by Franziska Holzschuh, and posted in the October 14, 2014 edition of philly.com:


The Uleckinger family’s journey from Germany to Philadelphia ended in catastrophe. Father Jacob and three of his children died on a ship called the Charming Molly as it crossed the Atlantic in 1773, and the mother passed just days after reaching the New World.

The two surviving children, Peter, 13, and Andrew, 9, were sold into servitude to pay for the voyage – a case for the German Society of Pennsylvania.

Twelve years before the United States became a nation, more-established immigrants from the Vaterland founded the society in 1764 to protect and support countrymen such as young Peter and Andrew, who arrived short of money and signed contracts in a language they did not understand.

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Prince George (VA) Regional Heritage Center Transforming Old Clerk’s Office Into Genealogical Research Facility

The following excerpt is from an article by Vanessa Remmers posted in the MArch 3, 2014 edition of progress-index.com.

Carol Bowman of the Prince George Regional Heritage Center discusses the rehabilitation of the former clerk's office Thursday, Feb. 20. It will house an exhbit and genealogical research space.
Carol Bowman of the Prince George Regional Heritage Center discusses the rehabilitation of the former clerk’s office. It will house an exhbit and genealogical research space.

PRINCE GEORGE – Virginia – A building that held Prince George County records in the late 1800s will soon become the site of a new exhibit center celebrating the county’s cultural heritage.

The Prince George Regional Heritage Center is working to raise funds for a $100,000 project that will transform the Old Clerk’s Office into an exhibit and genealogical research space.

Some of the exhibit costs will be covered by a $50,000 grant from the Cabell Foundation. The grant requires $50,000 in matching funds from the Prince George Regional Heritage Center.

Carol Bowman, executive director of the heritage center, wasn’t sure how much more needed to be raised, but did say the center is still actively raising funds.

When completed, the exhibits will reveal chapters in the county’s history and heritage.

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Find Your Kentucky Roots at KHS’s New Online Genealogy Magazine

The following news release is from the Kentucky Historical Society website:

Monday, February 24, 2014: Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) today announced the launch of its new online family history magazine, Kentucky Ancestors Online (KAO). This free electronic magazine, or e-zine, represents the latest evolution in KHS publications and continues the long-respected legacy of the former print journal, Kentucky Ancestors.

The transition of the 40-year-old print publication to an online publication took shape last fall, with the goal of reaching a wider audience and of presenting new genealogy stories and information on an ongoing, rather than a quarterly basis. KAO incorporates high-quality feature articles and a continuing spirit of learning and engagement, with such additional elements as history mysteries, case studies, book notes, collections corner, trending topics, how-to articles and commentary.

As readers engage with the new format, KAO will serve as the predominant source for instructional articles, dialogue and events related to Kentucky ancestry and local history research. KHS and KAO editorial staff invite readers to explore this new resource at kentuckyancestors.org/welcome and to engage with fellow researchers, experts and readers.
Authors and researchers are invited to share their stories, discoveries and expertise with the KAO audience. See Author Submission Guidelines at kentuckyancestors.org/submission-guidelines for more information.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

Lake Placid-North Elba (New York) Historical Society Opens New Office

The following excerpt is from the January 22, 2013 edition of the Lake Placid News.

Glass-plate negatives from the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society
Glass-plate negatives from the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society

LAKE PLACID [New York] – The Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society recently opened a new office at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts Annex on Saranac Avenue, making the organization more accessible.

The society operates The History Museum at the Lake Placid train station from Memorial Day weekend to Columbus Day but has not had year-round office space until now.

“Historically, the directors always just worked from home in the off season part time and then full time in the summer,” said Jennifer Tufano, director of the historical society who moved into the Annex in October. “What we found is that the work in the off season has become just as busy as during the summer season. Even though the museum is closed, we’re still writing grants and working on collections.”

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Kansas Historical Society Announces New Operation Hours at the State Archives

The following excerpt is from the October 15, 2013 edition of WIBW.com:

TOPEKA — The Kansas Historical Society announced new operation hours at the State Archives. Beginning November 1 and continuing through February 28, the facility will be open 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday. Operating hours March 1 – October 31 remain unchanged at 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday. The State Archives are located at the Kansas Historical Society, 6425 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka.

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Iowa GAR Book – Personal War Sketches of the Members of Rob’t F. Lowe Post No. 167 – Available Online

GAR Records are some of the most valuable records that descendants of Union Civil War veterans can use. However, they are often difficult to come by. Now, the White River Valley Historical Society has posted an extremely valuable GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) book. Following is their news release:
Personal War Sketches of the Members of Rob’t F. Lowe Post No. 167

“One experience of thrilling interest was my holding the throat of Col. Palmer of the 8th Iowa, who was wounded at Shiloh, for several hours until daylight to keep him from bleeding to death, and until the surgeons could take up the artery,” related Warren H. Barker, on detail as a nurse on the hospital beat with Company F, 8th Iowa Infantry Volunteers during the Civil War.

With these simple words, readers are given a brief glimpse into the reality of the war. Barker’s remembrances, along with many others, are captured in Personal War Sketches of the Members of Rob’t F. Lowe Post No. 167, which was located in Sigourney, Iowa. The original 1899 book from the Grand Army of the Republic was recently donated to the White River Valley Historical Society, Forsyth, MO, and is available in its entirety on the Society’s website at www.wrvhs.org/research.

Mary Farris, Regent of the Taneycomo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and Corresponding Secretary Becky Roberts were instrumental in coordinating the donation of the book by owner Patricia Seals to the 52-year-old historical society, where it could be safely housed. Gail Hinshaw, Managing Partner of the Mountain Complex in Branson, donated imaging of the book, using custom-built, low-impact equipment designed specifically for these types of items.

“Donor Pat Seals felt strongly that this book should be available to as many people as possible, and with the wonderful images provided by the Mountain Complex, we were able to place the entire volume on our website,” stated WRVHS Managing Director Leslie Wyman. “We also have indexed every legible name mentioned, as well as the various battles listed, so genealogical and historical researchers can search for specific information. Visitors to our research library who are not computer users can view a printed version; however, we plan to give them some hands-on training on the computer if possible so they can enjoy seeing the full-color images of the original pages.”

“Many people don’t realize that several regiments from Iowa passed through this area during the war. At least one of the sketches mentions that the soldier fought in both Wilson’s Creek (Springfield, MO) and Pea Ridge (AR). He, and this unit, may very well have passed through Taney County, perhaps even participating in a minor skirmish along the way,” Wyman continued.

“Grand Army of the Republic records often provide detailed information about the lives and military service of Union Civil War veterans, but in many cases these records haven’t survived or they’re not indexed,” confirmed Dennis Northcott, Associate Archivist for Reference with the Missouri History Museum and Library Center, St. Louis. “This indexed Personal War Sketches volume of the Robert F. Lowe Post will be a valuable online resource for genealogists and Civil War researchers.”

The White River Valley Historical Society’s research library houses a large assortment of photographs, books, deed abstracts, school yearbooks, indexed newspaper clippings, church records, business ledgers, and archival collections, including the Jerry and Opal Gideon Family Collection. In addition, the WRVHS was designated as the sole source provider to assist with the archival collections held by Taney County, and is currently in the process of indexing images of the late 1800–early 1900 court cases. Researchers can access these records, as well as marriage licenses, deed records, and more at the Society utilizing the County’s “Docuware” program.

The WRVHS (417-546-2210) is located at 297 Main Street, Forsyth, across from the Judicial Center, with a museum and bookstore in addition to the research library. Hours are Monday–Friday, 10:00–4:00. The Society’s Branson Centennial Museum (417-239-1912) is located at 101 Veteran’s Blvd (corner of Business 65 and W Hwy 76), and features the Jim D. Morris Gallery, as well as a bookstore/gift shop. Hours at the Centennial Museum are Monday–Saturday, 10:00–4:00. There is no admission charge at either location. For more information send an email to info@wrvhs.org.

Kentucky Historical Society Announces Partnership with the Smithsonian Institution

The following teaser is from the July 1, 2013 edition of bizjournals.com:
I Love KY History

The Kentucky Historical Society has struck a new partnership with the Smithsonian Institution.

An affiliation with the Smithsonian will provide KHS with such opportunities as access to artifacts and traveling exhibitions. Smithsonian collections includes more than 136 million objects.

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Kearney, Nebraska’s Trails & Rails Museum to Build a Family History Center

The Trails & Rails Museum in Kearney, Nebraska has announced plans to build a $3.1 million family history center meant to house artifacts, offices, space for traveling exhibits, a conference room and a gift shop on adjacent land.

The museum board of directors would like to break ground in September and open the building to the public in early 2014. It is excepted that local folks will want to donate family their history, and artifacts.

Read more about the project.

Wantagh Preservation Society Names Poulos as Curator

Larry Benedict sent me this notice that our friend, Carol Poulos, has just landed a cool job.

March 16, 2012: Wantagh Preservation Society Names Poulos as Curator

At its March Board of Trustees meeting the Wantagh Preservation Society [of Long Island, New York] formally approved creation of the position of Curator, and named Carol Poulos as the first Curator of its collections.

Carol grew up in Wantagh as did her grandmother, who was the blacksmith’s daughter. She was always fascinated by stories of old Wantagh. Carol graduated from Wantagh High School and earned a BA in Sociology and Spanish from Quinnipiac College. Genealogy is a favorite hobby and as such, many hours have been spent researching at libraries, courthouses, and historical societies, as well as online. For the past eight years, she has attended a week long genealogy
tour in Salt Lake City featuring classes as well as research.
During the year, she attends various workshops, webinars and lectures and also works with the Freeport Historical Society in their digitization project. She has been cataloging, scanning and archiving documents in the collection of the Wantagh Preservation Society as well as researching local history in old newspapers and Town Hall records. Carol is currently a Trustee of the Society.

As Curator, Carol will have responsibility and authority for the permanence, relevance, and availability of the Wantagh Museum Collections consisting of historical photographs, writings, documents, furnishings, tools, implements, and other artifacts owned or managed by the Society.

The Wantagh Preservation Society, founded in 1965, was incorporated and granted an Absolute Charter by the NY State Board of Regents and the State Education Department. The Society’s collection is housed in the Nassau County Wantagh Museum, for which the Society has a custodial and operating agreement with the County. The Wantagh Museum is located at 1700 Wantagh Avenue, Wantagh, Long Island, NY 11793.

The Cataloguing of Tippecanoe County, Indiana Artifacts

The following excerpt is from an article by Ron Wilkins, posted at the Feb. 21, 2012 edition of jconline.com:

John M. Harris spends each Tuesday and Wednesday quietly working in a small office surrounded by shelves stacked from floor to ceiling with boxes containing … well, that’s what Harris is finding out.

Outside his office, a much larger room is filled with stacks of boxes, filing cabinets and a conference table for sorting. Throughout the Frank Arganbright Genealogy and Research Center, items are in storage — items someone at some point considered historically significant.

Nestled in his small office on the second floor of the center on 10th Street across from the Moses Fowler House, Harris’ task is to computerize the Tippecanoe County Historical Association‘s hard-copy card catalogs and computerize years of donated items that escaped being enumerated or completely slipped through the cracks.

He rhetorically repeated the question to himself as he leaned forward in his chair, reaching for a 10-pound cannonball set on a table in front of him: “What is it that’s fun? Being able to handle something like this that probably goes back to the Revolution,” he answered, holding out the solid shot that was found in the area of Fort Ouiatenon.

For Harris, 67, the fun is also bringing order from chaos and the chance to play history detective when he stumbles across undocumented items or some unrecognizable trinkets or artifacts.

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Meramec Valley Genealogical and Historical Society Moving its Annual Meeting From July to April

The following teaser is from an excellent article about the Meramec Valley Genealogical and Historical Society published in the September 28, 2011 edition of emissourian.com.

The Meramec Valley Genealogical and Historical Society (MVGHS) [Pacific, Missouri] voted Sept. 21 to switch the date of its annual dues/potluck meeting from July to April to get away from the 100-degree temperatures that have plagued the recent summer programs.

Recent society programs have focused on events that involved families in the community, such as the Civil War in Pacific and the Community School.

The Railroad in Pacific will be the theme of the 2012 program. Society members will draw from their archive to identify speakers whose families were connected to early railroad activity in the city.

“We have children of conductors, engineers and line men,” said Ruth Muehler, longtime society president and local history researcher. “We’ve had train robberies and runaway engines. We have a lot to draw from.”

Meeting at the Pacific Presbyterian Church, society members also discussed the King William Adams memorial to be installed in Resurrection Hill Cemetery.

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