This Week's Pod Cast


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PAAC Conference Ft. Smith Arkansas Ft Smith Arkansas
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May 26, Ft Smith
Dedicadtion of the First Statue honoring an African American US Deputy Marshal. I shall be posting on my blog about the dedication next week.

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June 2, 2012
AAGG Conference in Philadelphia
Saturday, June 2nd, 2012
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Researching African American Genealogy
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
3913 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
A Conference presented by the African American Genealogy Group and Hosted by the Family History Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Noted genealogists and specialists will present timely topics including 1940 census, DNA testing, storytelling, Native American ancestors, preserving family heirlooms, tracing slave owners, historic timelines and online resources.

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Time: 9:30 – 10:30 am

Location: Washington DC Family History Center
10000 Stoneybrook Drive
Kensington, MD 20895


Learn how you can take an active role in preserving the history of the communities where your ancestors lived. The class is taught by Marion Woodfork Simmons, a family and community historian who self-published the book Memories of Union High: An Oasis in Caroline County,Virginia 1903-1969. She will use her experience to provide tools, tips and resources to empower ordinary people to research, document and preserve local history.

What You Will Learn:

1. How to select a topic.
2. Resources and repositories to use when performing research.
3. How to analyze and verify information.
4. Various methods for documenting local history.
5. Where to donate historically significant items.
The class is FREE but you must register.
For further information and registration, please email or call 301-587-0042.

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Jun 10-15th Birmingham, Alabama
Samford Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research
This year the African American Track meets.

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National Conference celebrating the Rosenwald Schools will take place in June 14-16
Washington (May 1, 2012) — The first-ever National Rosenwald Schools Conference, entitled “100 Years of Pride, Progress and Preservation,” will take place from June 14-16 at Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama. Presented by the National Trust for Historic Preservation with partners in Ala., the conference
will celebrate the legacy of Rosenwald Schools, engage our partners to save 100 Rosenwald Schools and empower activists to preserve hundreds more. Acclaimed author Nikki Giovanni will provide the conference closing keynote.

“For the past 10 years, the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Rosenwald Schools Initiative has been helping local organizations save Rosenwald Schools and preserve their rich legacies,” said John Hildreth, vice president, Eastern Field Services for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “This conference provides an opportunity for Rosenwald School alumni and preservationists to share their rich and varied stories, network with each other, and learn more through educational workshops, documentary films, tours and poster presentations to preserve this important part of our nation’s story.

Rosenwald provided more than $4.3 million in seed money to build schools in 15 states for black children. African-Americans themselves, many who were already struggling financially, raised over $4.7 million to build more than 5,300 state-of-the-art school buildings and teachers’ homes across the South. To register, or for more information about the National Rosenwald Schools Conference, please visit or call (202)588-6407.

Well as I close I urge you all to keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!

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