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A New Event African American Museums Conference, Baltimore MD Aug 22 – 25
This event was just brought to my attention and the focus will be Commemorating Struggles and Claiming Freedom This will take place at the Tremont Plaza Hotel in downtown Baltimore

Remember the Negro Leagues? Well a few of the players are still with us! On Saturday, August 11, 2012, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., the Virginia Historical Society (VHS) will host four Negro League baseball players at its museum located at 428 North Boulevard in Richmond. Four Negro League Players will be present: Henry “Pistol” Mason, Joe “Pop” Durham, Mamie “Peanut” Johnson-Goodman, and Pedro Sierra.

In Kentucky: The Third Saturday Meeting for August 2012 will be on August 18, 2012 from 1-4 pm, at the Mercer County Public Library, 109 W. Lexington St., Harrodsburg, KY. This meeting will feature Sarah Milligan, the administrator for the Kentucky Oral History Commission. Ms. Milligan has been the administrator for the Kentucky Oral History Commission since June 2007. As administrator for KOHC, she assists with a statewide oral history preservation effort, as well as, encourages new and exciting oral history documentation in Kentucky. This kind of event might inspire others to document their own communities with an oral history project.

US Colored Troops, Living History Association Conference. This conference will take place October 19-21, 2012 in Clarksville, Tennessee. So in addition to the other October events, this one is there as another event to possibly put on your schedule. As it says on their website: “The purpose of the General Meeting is to revive the USCTLHA and make it viable, purposeful and beneficial to preserving the legacy of the United States Colored Troops and contributions of African Americans and others to the American Civil War.”

Do tune in to listen to last night’s episode of the Bernice Bennett Blog Talk Radio Show. Her guest was Lisa Lee of northern California who provided some good advice for people hoping to become a professional genealogist. Great advice to get out there, write up a business plan, and start speaking and teaching, and writing! Ms Bennett’s show is every Thursday evening at 9pm EST on Blog Talk Radio.

Two wonderful blogs that I urge you all to read. Melvin Collier’s blog is Roots Revealed and his recent post provides a fantastic lesson on how we should explore family histories when we find out the “dirt” on the family. The piece inspired another good article–by George Geder. On George Geder’s Blog, one finds the story of Uncle Arthur Geder. This uncle lived a colorful life, being in jail more often than not in the early part of the 20th century. However, his story which had him on the other side of the law, still deserves to be told. Perhaps the lesson learned is that time, which is the great healer, can provide a safe distance from the emotion and stress of the day, and with time, we can acknowledge our ancestor’s mistakes, but still go on with our lives. And at the same time–we can still tell the story of what happened, with objectivity and without malice. Two great articles!

Well thanks for listening once again. And please remember to keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!

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