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The 2012 National Underground Railroad Conference theme will explore resistance to slavery to Spanish Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Indian Territory. The conference seeks to create a cultural, historical, and interpretive exchange between domestic and international descendent communities of southern freedom seekers. This promises to be a unique conference, focusing on the lesser known destinations to the south, such as Mexico. The Deadline is January 15, 2012. Proposals on the attached form should be submitted by email (

The Massachusetts Genealogical Council announces a call for lecture proposals for the Annual Seminar to be held at Brandeis University in Waltham Massachusetts in July 2012. The theme is Ethnicity and Genealogy and will take place on July 21, next summer. The Deadline is January 31, 2012. More information can be found here.

Summer Institute Registration:
The HistoryMakers is proud to announce The HistoryMakers’ 2012 NEH Summer Institute for School Teachers in Chicago, Illinois from Sunday, July 8, 2012 – Friday, August 3, 2012 This is a competitive institute for teachers, and it promises to be an interesting experience for those wishing to become Master Teachers, and to develop curriculum. It is open to 25 scholars who will be selected to participate. The NEH Institute will focus on four major themes: 1) African American Political Development Pre and Post Civil War; 2) early 20th Century Black Political Strategies, Civil Rights Unionism, and WWII and Cold War Racial Politics; 3) the Civil Rights Movement; and 4) 1970s Black Politics and the New Generation of Black Politicians. Completed applications must be postmarked no later than Thursday, March 1, 2012
and sent to: Jessica Levy, The HistoryMakers, 1900 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616

As the holiday approaches there are many ways to make memories with our loved ones. A friend shared a website with some great ideas on plans to create a festive and memorable atmosphere. Many were shared with me on Twitter and by others, and I decided to take a look. Some very good advice was there and you are urged to take a look at the post on The Armchair Genealogist website.

Well thanks for listening, please have a wonderful holiday. In the meantime, keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.

Have a Merry Christmas everyone!

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