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Sunday, March 5 through Sunday, November 26
Milwaukee County Historical Society’s Lowell Damon House  (Affiliate Event)
2107 Wauwatosa Avenue (76th Street), Wauwatosa, WI.
 
Lowell Damon House Hours:
Tours are available on Sundays (March through November): 1 to 5pm
Closed holidays
 
Construction started on this home in 1844 by Oliver Damon and was completed in 1847 by his son, Lowell. The house, believed to be Wauwatosa’s oldest residence, stands as a classic example of a colonial home. In 1941, the sons of Alexander Rogers, a former owner, gave it to the Milwaukee County Historical Society. Since then, it has operated as a museum.
 
Admission fee:  $2/person.  For additional information, please call (414) 273-8288.



Monday, May 15 through Sunday, October 15
Milwaukee County Historical Society’s Jeremiah Curtin House  (Affiliate Event)
West Grange Avenue and South 84th Street, Greendale, WI
 
Jeremiah Curtin House:
Open by appointment only:  May 15 thru October 15, 2017
 
David Curtin, his wife Ellen, and infant son Jeremiah were among a group of Irish immigrants who settled in the old Town of Greenfield in the mid-1830s. With help from a stonemason, David built the first stone house in the community. In 1866, it was sold to the Trimborn family and remained occupied until the 1920s. The Milwaukee County Historical Society acquired the house in 1952 from the federal government, and it was selected as Milwaukee County’s Bicentennial Project in 1976. Funds raised by various community organizations helped restore the site in the late 1970s. The house was officially dedicated on the 150th anniversary of Jeremiah’s birth, September 6, 1985.
 
Guided tours are by appointment only; tour fee is $2/person with a minimum requirement of 10 guests.  For more information or to schedule a tour, please call 414-273-8288.


Monday, May 15 through Sunday, October 15
Milwaukee County Historical Society’s Trimborn Farm  (Affiliate Event)
8881 West Grange Avenue, Greendale, WI
 
Trimborn Farm Hours:
Open May 15 thru October 15, 2017
Trimborn Farm Park Grounds:  10am to 10pm
Trimborn Buildings:  Open with guided tour only
 
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Trimborn Farm is also a State Historic Site and Milwaukee County Landmark. Except for the farmhouse, buildings on Trimborn Farm are accessible to the physically challenged. Packed gravel drives and lawn may be difficult for those using wheelchairs or walkers. Two wheelchair accessible restrooms are available.
 
Guided building and/or grounds tours for groups are by appointment only. To schedule a tour, please call at least two weeks in advance. Tours are $5/person with a minimum requirement of 10 guests; children under age six are free.  Admission to the park grounds is free.
 
Photography permits are required year-round
 
For more information, visit:  http://www.trimbornfarm.com/ or call 414-273-8288.


Thursday, May 18 through Friday, September 29
Milwaukee County Historical Society’s Summerfest 50 Exhibit  (Affiliate Event)
Milwaukee County Historical Center, 910 N. Old World Third Street, Milwaukee
 
This comprehensive exhibit celebrates Summerfest’s 50th Anniversary.  Visitors will be able to dig deep into festival’s history, from its founding fathers to the world-class musicians that make it the event it is today.  Complementing this display will be the exhibit -- Melodies and Memories: 200 Years of Milwaukee Music.
 
The exhibit is open Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 5pm, with a limited version on Saturdays from 9:30am to 2pm.  Admission is free to Milwaukee County Historical Society members.  General admission is $7; children 12 and under are free.
 
For additional details, visit: www.milwaukeehistory.net or call (414) 273-8288.



Saturday, June 3 through Saturday, September 30
Milwaukee County Historical Society’s Kilbourntown House (Benjamin Church House)  (Affiliate Event)
4400 North Estabook Drive (Estabrook Park), Shorewood, WI
 
Kilbourtown House/Benjamin Church House:
June through September 2017
To confirm hours of operation, contact the Society at 414-273-8288.
The house is located just north of the Estabrook Park entrance on East Capitol Drive.
 
Benjamin Church, a carpenter from New York, built Kilbourntown House in 1844. A Greek-revival architecture design, the house was originally located in the section of Milwaukee known as Kilbourntown. It was saved from destruction in 1938 when it was moved to Estabrook Park and restored as a WPA project.
 
The home contains an outstanding collection of mid-nineteenth century furniture and decorative arts, as well as a neighboring kitchen herb garden. The Milwaukee County Historical Society, the Milwaukee County Parks, and the Colonial Dames maintain the house jointly. Kilbourntown House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Admission fee is $2/person.
 
For more information, please call 414- 273-8288.  


Sunday, June 4 through Thursday, December 14
Mount Horeb Driftless Historium  (Wisconsin Event)
100 South 2nd Street, Mount Horeb, WI
 
Driftless Historium Public Access Hours:
Wednesday through Sunday:  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
Newly opened, the $1.7 million, three-building history center is located in the heart of downtown Mount Horeb.  It’s presence represents the culmination of nearly a decade of community-based efforts – from drawings, fundraising campaigns, to ultimate construction.  In addition to the historium’s archival collections, the facility features educational exhibits, a research center, and special program offerings.
 
Tour groups of all ages are welcome – please contact the Historium staff to schedule an appointment.  For more information, call 608-437-6486, visit www.driftlesshistorium.org, or email: mthorebmuseum@mhtc.net


Wednesday, June 28 through Thursday, June 29
German-American Genealogical Partnership Biennial Conference  (National Conference/Institute)
Brooklyn Park, MN
More information at www.ggsmn.org/cpage.php?pt=70



Saturday, July 1
Green County Genealogical Society July Meeting - Swiss Immigrants  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Monroe Public Library, 925 16th Avenue, Monroe
 
Janette Hartman will speak on the 1832 journey of the Emma Rudolf family, immigrants from Switzerland, through St. Louis up the Fever River area, finally making their way to New Glarus.Their experiences are similar to those of other immigrants. She will speak about the hamlet known as Hamilton and the family it was named after. Janette Hartman is the former curator/administrator of the Iowa County, Wisconsin Society Museum with an interest and knowledge of the early history of southwestern Wisconsin. The Green County Genealogical Society meeting will be held in the second floor meeting room of the Monroe Public Library at 10 am. Saturday, July 1. Visitors are always welcome and there is no cost to attend. You may call Sharon Mitchell (815-868-2416) or Donna Kjendlie (608-921-1537) if you have questions.
 
The GCGS Research Center (located in lower level of the Monroe Public Library) is available to the public for research. New summer hours (June through September) are: Tuesdays and the third Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Fridays 1:00-4:00 p.m. Main holdings are on Green County. Both Rock and Lafayette Counties are well represented along with several other counties, states, countries and ethnic groups. A large clipping collection of births, marriages and obituaries is available. Volunteers are on staff to help with your research.


Saturday, July 1
Green County Genealogical Society Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
2nd Floor Meeting Room, Monroe Public Library, 925 16th Avenue
 
Swiss Immigrants to Be Topic of June GCGS Society Meeting

Janette Hartman will speak on the 1832 journey of the Emma Rudolf family, immigrants from Switzerland, through St. Louis up the Fever River area, finally making their way to New Glarus. Their experiences are similar to those of other immigrants. Janette Hartman is the former curator/administrator of the Iowa County, Wisconsin Society Museum with an interest and knowledge of the early history of southwestern Wisconsin. The Green County Genealogical Society meeting will be held in the second floor meeting room of the Monroe Public Library at 10 am. Saturday, July 1. Visitors are always welcome and there is no cost to attend. You may call Sharon Mitchell (815-868-2416) or Donna Kjendlie (608-921-1537) if you have questions.

The GCGS Research Center (located in lower level of the Monroe Public Library) is available to the public for research. New summer hours (June through September) are: Tuesdays and the third Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Fridays 1:00-4:00 p.m. Main holdings are on Green County. Both Rock and Lafayette Counties are well represented along with several other counties, states, countries and ethnic groups. A large clipping collection of births, marriages and obituaries is available. Volunteers are on staff to help with your research.


Monday, July 3
Fond du Lac County Genealogical Society Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Fond du Lac Public Library, 32 Sheboygan Street


Wednesday, July 5
Northern Waters Genealogical Society Cemetery Walk  (Affiliate Event)
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Boulder Junction Cemetery of the Pines
 
Cemetery Walk - Boulder Junction Cemetery of the Pines-In case of rain the program will be in the Boulder Junction Community Center.


Sunday, July 9
Forest Home Cemetery's "Walk in History" Free Guided Tours  (Affiliate Event)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Forest Home Cemetery- Halls of History Building: 2405 West Forest Home Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
 
Tour Title:  Famous Milwaukeeans
Presented by the Forest Home Preservation Association, the free 90-minute tour led by local history buff Bob Giese explores the individuals who helped to create and shape Milwaukee’s industrial culture over the past 175 years. Walking shoes are strongly recommended for participants. 
 
All tours are free to the public; donations to the Forest Home Preservation Society are gratefully appreciated and help to make these tours possible.
 
For more information on historic Forest Home Cemetery tours, call 414-645-2632 or visit: www.foresthomecemetery.com


Midwest African American Genealogy Institute
Tuesday, July 11 through Thursday, July 13
Midwest African American Genealogy Institute  (National Conference/Institute)
Allen County Public Library (ACPL), Fort Wayne, Indiana
 
Since 2013, the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI) has provided an amazing learning experience for genealogists and researchers. The Institute, also known commonly as MAAGI has grown and has taken its place as a trusted educational and training institute. 
 
Lead by a faculty of nationally recognized genealogists, this institute offers 12 courses in 4 tracks over a 3 day period.
 
Track 1:  Fundamental Research Methods and Strategies
                   “Research, Analyze, Formulate the Question and Learn
Track 2:  DNA & Genealogy
   “Review, analyze, evaluate and connect DNA with the dots with your genealogy”
Track 3:  Intermediate Genealogy: Pre & Post Slavery Era Research
   “New resources, document review and analysis”
Track 4:  Genealogy Writing From Planning to Publication
   “Learn how to turn your genealogy into Telling The Story”
 
When asked the value of MAAGI, genealogist, author, and talk show blogger, Bernice Alexander Bennett said, “This Institute offers a unique environment for learning where everyone is willing to answer questions and assist individuals through a maze of impossible situations.  MAAGI recognizes the needs of the Adult Learner and has the right mix of didactic and experiential exercises for critical thinking and problem solving”.
 
To register, visit our website:  www.maagiinstitute.org
 
MAAGI - The Teaching Institute
MAAGI is a member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies
 


Wednesday, July 12
Milwaukee PAF User Group July Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Klemmer's Banquet Center, 10401 West Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee
 
Topics:  Terminology & Stuff: External Storage, DVD Storage, Cloud Storage, and Scanners by Sam Colon and Moving Date & Software, GEDCOM, and File Management by Bob Heck
 
The parking lot entrance is located on the east side of the building. For additional information, visit http://mpafug.org.


Thursday, July 13
Milwaukee River History Kayak Tours  (Affiliate Event)
5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Milwaukee Kayak Company (located in Jerry’s Docks & Boatyard), 318 South Water Street, Milwaukee
 
Learn about Milwaukee’s past and present from a very unique “water” perspective as you paddle down the Milwaukee River.  Led by guides from the Milwaukee County Historical Society, the outing will address the famous names, buildings, and bridges that make Milwaukee special.  Your trip also includes a quick stop at the Milwaukee County Historical Society located along the banks of the river for a short tour of the museum. 
 
Space is limited; online pre-registration is required.  Tickets are $35 each, with $20 of each to be donated to the Milwaukee County Historical Society.  Use of kayak or canoe is included in the fee.
 
For additional information, contact Beth at the Milwaukee Kayak Company at (414) 301-2240 or info@milwaukeekayak.com.  To make your reservation, visit:  https://milwaukeekayak.com/event/milwaukee-river-history-tour-w-milwaukee-county-historical-society


Monday, July 17
Mount Horeb Area Historical Society presents Taboo Topics - The History of Mental Illness Treatment  (Affiliate Event)
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Mount Horeb Driftless Historium, 100 South Second Street, Mount Horeb, WI
 
Taboo Topics #2:  The History of Mental Illness Treatment
 
The second in a series of three discussions on “uncomfortable history” topics, the presentation will address the “History of Mental Illness Treatment”.  As many as one-in-five Americans suffer from some form of mental illness, however, old stigmas and misconceptions continue to shape perceptions and responses to this population.  Join guest speaker, Rita Udelhoven, UW-Platteville professor of psychology and licensed professional counselor, as she explores the history and evolution of treatment and perspectives on mental illness in the United States.  Her talk will include a brief historical spotlight on the nearby Dane County Asylum and a short overview of current public discourse and legislation.  The presentation is provided in partnership with the Mount Horeb Public Library.
 
For additional information or to register, call 608-437-5021 or email: melissa.roelli@mounthorebwi.info


Tuesday, July 18
Wisconsin Society of Mayflower Descendants’ Summer Outing  (Affiliate Event)
10:30 am to 2:00 pm
Fort Winnebago Surgeon's Quarters, 1824 State Road 33, Portage, WI
 
The Society of Mayflower Descendants will be taking a walk back in history during this year’s summer’s outing.  The event begins with a tour of the Fort Winnebago Surgeon’s Quarters at 10:30am, followed by a box lunch at noon, and then a tour of the Indian Agency House.  Admission costs to the historic sites are payable onsite; the box lunch is $10 with payment requested in advance. 
 
For additional details or to reserve your box lunch, please contact John Bird, Treasurer:  johnbird@tds.net
 
Members, prospective members and guests are welcome to attend.  Please plan your arrival between 10 and 10:30am.


Tuesday, July 18
Finding Online Resources from Lineage Societies  (WSGS Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Presenter: Elizabeth O'NealElizabeth O'Neal
  • Webinar Description: Many of us know that lineage societies have been collecting and preserving family histories for over 125 years, but did you know that some of these treasures can be found for free online? And you don't even have to be a member to take advantage of them! Thousands of applications and supporting documents have been submitted to lineage societies over the years, and your brick wall ancestor could be hiding in the file of one of their members. From the databases and downloadable documents of the DAR, to simple lists of pioneers and soldiers, this class will show you what gems are available online and where to find them. By the time we are finished, you just might be inspired to join!
  • Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7132402566148077570
After registering, you will receive an email with information and a link to join us the night of the webinar. Please remember that this is a first-come, first-served webinar, and that there are a limited number of spots to view the webinar live.  Registering does not hold a spot for you.  Those that log in first will be admitted to the webinar.


Friday, July 21 through Sunday, July 23
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society Booth at Festa Italiana  (Affiliate Event)
Henry Maier Festival Park (Summerfest Grounds), 200 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, WI
 
Festa Italiana Hours:
Friday, July 21:  3pm to 12Midnight
Saturday, July 22:  11:30am to 12Midnight
Sunday, July 23:  11:30am to 11pm
 
At Festa Italiana, everyone’s Italian! Live, eat and play Italian – enjoy traditional entertainment, authentic food, cooking demonstrations, wine tasting, and Italian games and activities.  Want to know more about your Italian ancestry? The Milwaukee County Genealogical Society’s Genealogy Booth will be on-site to help you trace your family roots.
  
For admission fees and discount offers, as well as other information on the festival, visit:  http://festaitaliana.com/


Saturday, July 22 through Sunday, July 23
Sokol Detroit’s Czech & Slovak Festival  (Out of State Event)
Sokol Cultural Center: 23600 W. Warren, Dearborn Heights, MI
 
Festival Hours:
Saturday, July 22, 2017:     1:30pm – 9pm
Sunday, July 23, 2017:        12:30pm – 7:30pm
 
Czech them out!  Known as one of the largest Czech and Slovak festivals in Michigan, the event will feature authentic cuisine, pastry booth, imported beers and spirits, live bands, and ethnic dancing.  To complete your “Afternoon in Prague”, don’t forget to stop by their ethnic souvenir booths to browse the imported crystal and handmade Czech jewelry.    
 
For more information and admission fees, visit:  http://www.mfea.org/event/czech-and-slovak-festival/


Sunday, July 23
Forest Home Cemetery's "Walk in History" Free Guided Tours  (Affiliate Event)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Forest Home Cemetery- Halls of History Building: 2405 West Forest Home Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
 
Tour Title:  Mayors of Milwaukee
Presented by the Forest Home Preservation Association, the free 90-minute tour led by Bob Giese tells the tales of past Milwaukee mayors.  Forest Home Cemetery is the final resting place for 27 of the city’s 44 mayors. Walking shoes are strongly recommended for participants. 
 
All tours are free to the public; donations to the Forest Home Preservation Society are gratefully appreciated and help to make these tours possible.
 
For more information on historic Forest Home Cemetery tours, call 414-645-2632 or visit: www.foresthomecemetery.com


Tuesday, July 25
Milwaukee River History Kayak Tours  (Affiliate Event)
9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Milwaukee Kayak Company (located in Jerry’s Docks & Boatyard), 318 South Water Street, Milwaukee
 
Learn about Milwaukee’s past and present from a very unique “water” perspective as you paddle down the Milwaukee River.  Led by guides from the Milwaukee County Historical Society, the outing will address the famous names, buildings, and bridges that make Milwaukee special.  Your trip also includes a quick stop at the Milwaukee County Historical Society located along the banks of the river for a short tour of the museum. 
 
Space is limited; online pre-registration is required.  Tickets are $35 each, with $20 of each to be donated to the Milwaukee County Historical Society.  Use of kayak or canoe is included in the fee.
 
For additional information, contact Beth at the Milwaukee Kayak Company at (414) 301-2240 or info@milwaukeekayak.com.  To make your reservation, visit:  https://milwaukeekayak.com/event/milwaukee-river-history-tour-w-milwaukee-county-historical-society


Thursday, July 27 through Sunday, July 30
Kolacky Days in Montgomery, MN  (Affiliate Event)
Montgomery, MN
 
Since 1929, the city of Montgomery has held an annual summer celebration to honor the Bohemian delicacy known as “kolacky”.  As the Kolacky Capital of the World, the festival naturally includes a kolacky baking contest, as well as authentic Czech dinner, music & entertainment, polka dancing, Bohemian tractor pull, torchlight parade, and beer garden.  The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI) will be at the festival with genealogical tools to help further your Czech and Slovak research.
 
A kolacky is a small dinner roll-like pastry, which is folded to enclose the filling in the center.  The most common fillings include prune, poppy seed, apricot, apple, blueberry and raspberry. 
 
For additional details on the festival, visit: http://www.montgomerymn.org/


Friday, July 28 through Sunday, July 30
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society Booth at German Fest  (Affiliate Event)
Henry Maier Festival Park (Summerfest Grounds), 200 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, WI
 
German Fest Hours:
Friday, July 28:  3pm to 12Midnight
Saturday, July 29:  12Noon to 12Midnight
Sunday, July 30:  12Noon to 9pm
 
Since 1981, German Fest has been celebrating all things German - food, travel, history, music, tradition and much more!  Want to explore your German ancestry? The Milwaukee County Genealogical Society’s Genealogy Booth will be on-site to help you trace your family roots.
  
For admission fees and discount offers, as well as other information on the festival, visit:  http://germanfest.com


Friday, July 28
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society July Business Meeting & Program  (Affiliate Event)
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Milwaukee Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Community Room 1
 
For handicap access, enter the lower level of the building via 8th Street, take the elevator to the first floor, and proceed east to the meeting room. Metered street parking is available around the library building; there is also a parking lot on Wisconsin Avenue across the street from the library. Visitors are always welcome.
 
A "Library Picnic.”  Pack your favorite summertime sandwiches and snacks for a lunchtime get-together.  Members and guests can view scrapbooks full of clippings from the past, while sharing genealogical discoveries and problem-solving tips for breaking through research roadblocks.
 
For additional information visit http://www.milwaukeegenealogy.org


Sunday, July 30
Slovak-American Day Picnic in Franklin, WI  (Wisconsin Event)
Croatian Park: 9140 S 76th Street, Franklin, WI
 
The Federated Slovak Societies invite you to partake in their 87th annual Slovak-American Day Picnic.  Come hungry!  In addition to hot food and Slovak beer, the festival will feature homemade bakery items.  Take time to wander through the displays of Slovak/Czech handmade glass ornaments, jewelry, crafts and artifacts for sale. Admission is FREE to this event.
 
For additional details on the event, visit: http://www.federatedslovaksocieties.org/



Tuesday, August 1
Northern Waters Genealogical Society Annual Picnic  (Affiliate Event)
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Manitowish Waters Lions Club Pavilion


Friday, August 4 through Sunday, August 6
Annual Czech Festival in Wilber, NE  (Affiliate Event)
Wilber, Nebraska
 
Festival Hours:
Friday, August 4, 2017:                   1pm to 11pm
Saturday, August 5, 2017:               7am to 11pm
Sunday, August 6, 2017:                 7:15am to 11pm
 
Held in Wilber, Nebraska, also known as the Czech Capital of the USA, the festival is celebrating 150 years of Czech pioneers in Nebraska.  Join them for three days of live music and dancing, cultural displays and demonstrations, authentic ethnic food, parades, and the Miss Czech-Slovak US Pageant.  The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI) will be at the festival with genealogical tools to help further your Czech and Slovak research.
 
For additional information, visit:  www.nebraskaczechsofwilber.com


Saturday, August 5 through Sunday, August 6
Northeast Wisconsin Czech & Kolache Festival in Kewaunee, WI  (Affiliate Event)
Agricultural Heritage Farm, N2251 State Road 42, Kewaunee, WI (5 miles south of Kewaunee)
 
Welcome to the largest Czech Festival in Northeastern Wisconsin!  Enjoy two full days of Czech food, kolache baking demonstrations, along with Czech music, beer garden, Czech vendors and displays!  The Sunday Polka Mass is followed by a Czech dinner and dancing.  The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI) will be at the festival with genealogical tools to help further your Czech and Slovak research.
 
 


Saturday, August 5
Green County Genealogical Society Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
2nd Floor Meeting Room, Monroe Public Library, 925 16th Avenue
 
Marriage Records and Where to Find Them - Member Sharon Mitchell will discuss various marriage records and traditions.
 
You may call Sharon (815-868-2416) or Donna (608-921-1537) if you have questions.


Sunday, August 6
Forest Home Cemetery's "Walk in History" Free Guided Tours  (Affiliate Event)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Forest Home Cemetery- Halls of History Building: 2405 West Forest Home Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
 
Tour Title:  Contemporary Milwaukee Women
Presented by the Forest Home Preservation Association, the free 90-minute tour led by Anita Pietrykowski examines the role and contributions of women in contemporary Milwaukee history. Walking shoes are strongly recommended for participants. 
 
All tours are free to the public; donations to the Forest Home Preservation Society are gratefully appreciated and help to make these tours possible.
 
For more information on historic Forest Home Cemetery tours, call 414-645-2632 or visit: www.foresthomecemetery.com


Monday, August 7
Fond du Lac County Genealogical Society Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Fond du Lac Public Library, 32 Sheboygan Street


Wednesday, August 9
Milwaukee PAF User Group August Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Klemmer's Banquet Center, 10401 West Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee
 
Topics:  Roots Magic – A Genealogy Program presented by Bob Tatalovich and Legacy – A Genealogy Program presented by Bruce Butterfield.
 
The parking lot entrance is located on the east side of the building. For additional information, visit http://mpafug.org.


Saturday, August 12
Milwaukee River History Kayak Tours  (Affiliate Event)
8:00 am to 11:30 am
Milwaukee Kayak Company (located in Jerry’s Docks & Boatyard), 318 South Water Street, Milwaukee
 
Learn about Milwaukee’s past and present from a very unique “water” perspective as you paddle down the Milwaukee River.  Led by guides from the Milwaukee County Historical Society, the outing will address the famous names, buildings, and bridges that make Milwaukee special.  Your trip also includes a quick stop at the Milwaukee County Historical Society located along the banks of the river for a short tour of the museum. 
 
Space is limited; online pre-registration is required.  Tickets are $35 each, with $20 of each to be donated to the Milwaukee County Historical Society.  Use of kayak or canoe is included in the fee.
 
For additional information, contact Beth at the Milwaukee Kayak Company at (414) 301-2240 or info@milwaukeekayak.com.  To make your reservation, visit:  https://milwaukeekayak.com/event/milwaukee-river-history-tour-w-milwaukee-county-historical-society


Sunday, August 13
Czech Heritage Festival in Bechyn, MN  (Out of State Event)
Bechyn, MN
 
The 26th Annual Celebration honors Bechyn’s Czech heritage with live music, folk dancing, ethnic foods, famers market, and handcrafted souvenirs.  The event commemorates the community’s Czech ancestors who came to America over 135 years ago to begin this Bohemian settlement. You don’t have to be Czech to join them – just a little Bohemian in spirit!
 
For additional information, visit: www.bechynczechfest.org/en/Czech-Heritage-Festival/
 


Sunday, August 13
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society Booth at Puerto Rican Family Festival  (Affiliate Event)
11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Humboldt Park, 3000 South Howell Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
 
This year’s festival will celebrate the 100-year anniversary (March 2, 1917) of Puerto Ricans becoming US citizens.  The event showcases Puerto Rican’s rich culture and traditions through music, food, and dance.  Want to explore your Puerto Rican roots?  The Milwaukee County Genealogical Society’s Genealogy Booth will be on-site to help you trace your family history.  
 
For more information on the festival, visit:  https://www.facebook.com/The-Puerto-Rican-Family-Festival-of-Wisconsin-1260396494011047/


Sunday, August 13
Annual Mahoning Valley Slovak Festival in Youngstown, OH  (Out of State Event)
11:00 am to 8:00 pm
Our Lady of Sorrows Church: 915 Cornell Street, Youngstown, OH
 
The festival begins with a Slovak Mass at 11am, followed by a cultural celebration to include authentic ethnic food:  holubky, pirohy, halušky, klobasa, and sauerkraut.
 
For additional information, visit:  www.americanslovak.org


Tuesday, August 15
How Advertising Brought Our Ancestors to the Midwest  (WSGS Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Presenter: Annette Burke LyttleAnnette Burke Lyttle
  • Webinar Description: Motivation is one of the hardest factors to identify when we're trying to reconstruct our ancestors' stories. Business owners, land speculators, and communities wishing to grow all turned to various forms of advertising to entice people to migrate to the Midwestern territories and states. Examining some of the messages aimed at getting people to settle in sparsely-populated places can give us a window into what may have motivated our ancestors to move west.
  • Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7811156382466636803
After registering, you will receive an email with information and a link to join us the night of the webinar. Please remember that this is a first-come, first-served webinar, and that there are a limited number of spots to view the webinar live.  Registering does not hold a spot for you.  Those that log in first will be admitted to the webinar.


Thursday, August 17 through Sunday, August 20
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society Booth at Irish Fest   (Affiliate Event)
Henry Maier Festival Park (Summerfest Grounds), 200 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, WI
 
Irish Fest Hours:
Thursday, August 17, 2017:          5 to 10pm.
Friday, August 18, 2017                 4pm to Midnight
Saturday, August 19, 2017:           12Noon to Midnight
Sunday, August 20, 2017:              11am to 10pm
 
As the largest Irish music and cultural festival in the world, Irish Fest celebrates all things Irish – food, music, and heritage.  Need help locating your Emerald Isle ancestors? The Milwaukee County Genealogical Society’s Genealogy Booth will be on-site to help you trace your family roots.
  
For admission fees and discount offers, as well as other information on the festival, visit:  http://irishfest.com/Irishfest.htm


Sunday, August 20
Forest Home Cemetery's "Walk in History" Free Guided Tours  (Affiliate Event)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Forest Home Cemetery- Halls of History Building: 2405 West Forest Home Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
 
Tour Title:  Civil War History - Tour II
Presented by the Forest Home Preservation Association, the free 90-minute tour led by Margaret Berres and Tom Ludka brings to life the stories of Civil War soldiers laid to rest at Forest Home Cemetery.  It is the second part of the Civil War Veterans’ Tour. Walking shoes are strongly recommended for participants. 
 
All tours are free to the public; donations to the Forest Home Preservation Society are gratefully appreciated and help to make these tours possible.
 
For more information on historic Forest Home Cemetery tours, call 414-645-2632 or visit: www.foresthomecemetery.com


Wednesday, August 23
Milwaukee County Historical Society’s Annual Ice Cream Social  (Affiliate Event)
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Milwaukee County Historical Center, 910 N. Old World Third Street, Milwaukee, WI
 
Summer, ice cream and live music – what could be sweeter?  Grab your spoon and head to the Historical Society building located along the scenic Milwaukee River in the heart of downtown for their annual ice cream social event.  Enjoy a refreshing treat on the patio overlooking Père Marquette Park while listening to the music of the River Rhythms’ concert series.
 
For additional details, visit: www.milwaukeehistory.net or call (414) 273-8288


Friday, August 25 through Sunday, August 27
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society Booth at Mexican Fiesta  (Affiliate Event)
Henry Maier Festival Park (Summerfest Grounds), 200 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, WI
 
Mexican Fiesta Hours:
Friday, August 25:  12Noon to 12Midnight
Saturday, August 26:  12Noon to 12Midnight
Sunday, August 27:  12Noon to 12Midnight
 
Mexican Fiesta brings the unique sound, culture, and taste of Mexico to Milwaukee’s lakefront. Visitors will be able to experience the country’s rich history, art, music and food while wandering throughout the festival grounds.  Want to explore your Hispanic ancestry? The Milwaukee County Genealogical Society’s Genealogy Booth will be on-site to help you trace your family roots.  
 
For admission fees and discount offers, as well as other information on the festival, visit:  http://www.mexicanfiesta.org/home.php


Friday, August 25 through Sunday, August 27
Annual Slovak Festival in Sterling Heights, MI  (Out of State Event)
Saints Cyril and Methodius Slovak Catholic Church, 41233 Ryan Road, Sterling Heights, MI
 
The 27th Annual Slovak Festival guarantees fun for the whole family!  In addition to live entertainment and Slovak dancing, the festival will be serving authentic Slovak food, including:  klobása, stuffed cabbage, pork loin dinners, dumplings, goulash, and specialty beers and liquor.  Be sure to leave room for their homemade desserts – yum! 
 
For more information, visit:  www.saintcyrils.org/slovak-festival.html


Saturday, August 26
Italian Genealogy Interest Group - Research Meeting  (Wisconsin Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Italian Community Center, 631 East Chicago Street, Milwaukee, WI
 
Known as "Pursuing Our Italian Names Together (P.O.I.N.T.) – Chapter 22”, the Italian Area Interest Group welcomes anyone to their meetings with an interest in Italian family history. For more information, kindly contact George Koleas:  GeorgeJK676@wi.rr.com or call 262-251-7216 after 7pm. 
 
Visit their website for additional details on meetings, as well as a list of surnames being researched by their members:  http://www.orgsites.com/wi/point22/


Federation of Genealogical Societies 2017 Conference - Building Bridges to the Past
Wednesday, August 30 through Saturday, September 2
Federation of Genealogical Societies 2017 Conference - Building Bridges to the Past  (National Conference/Institute)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
 
The Federation of Genealogical Societies is pleased to announce that the 2017 FGS Conference program is now available in an 8-page pdf download.
 
This year’s conference theme “Building Bridges to the Past” references not only the many bridges in Pittsburgh but also the bridges between the old world and new, as well as our journeys to discover our past. The conference program brings you a wide variety of topics presented by many of the nation’s top family history experts. Sessions are aimed at strengthening your research skills no matter what your level or area of expertise might be.
 
Learning Tracks
A variety of tracks fill the program, including:
  •         Immigrant/EthnicRecords
  •         Regional
  •         DNA
  •         Methodology
  •         Analysis
  •         Skills
  •         African American
  •         Land & Taxes
  •         Religion
  •         Occupations
Workshops
Four traditional two-hour workshops:
  •     Caring for keepsakes
  •     Research planning
  •     Storytelling
  •     Transcribing and Analyzing
Plus, two special four-hour DNA workshops:
  •    “Connecting the DNA Dots”
  •   “Using Genetics and Genealogy to Smash through Brick Walls”
Focus on Societies
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 is Focus on Societies day, with sessions that are packed full of  ideas and tools to help societies promote themselves, develop projects, increase membership, and leverage technology. The day kicks off with a plenary session that focuses on “Creating, Packaging, and Sharing Your Society to Non-Genealogists.”
 
Librarian’s Day
The 2017 Librarian’s Day, sponsored by ProQuest, is themed “Digital Initiatives in Western Pennsylvania. This-pre-conference event will be on Tuesday, August 29 and will include a full day of sessions designed for librarians, archivists, and other information professionals who serve family history researchers.
 
Whether you are a novice, an expert, or anywhere in between, the FGS 2017 Conference has something for you!
 
Online registration will open soon. Stay tuned. We can’t wait to see you in Pittsburgh!
 



Friday, September 1 through Sunday, September 3
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society Booth at Wisconsin Highland Games  (Affiliate Event)
Waukesha Expo Center, 1000 Northview Rd. (Highway FT), Waukesha, WI
 
Wisconsin Highland Games Hours:
Friday, September 1:  5 to 10pm
Saturday, September 2:  9am to 10pm
Sunday, September 3:  9am to 9pm
 
The Wisconsin Highland Games offers a weekend of Scottish and Celtic fun for the whole family, featuring music, dance, athletics, food, drink, living history, and much more.  Want to explore your British Isle roots? The Milwaukee County Genealogical Society’s Genealogy Booth will be on-site to help you trace your family history.  
 
For admission fees, as well as other information on the festival, visit:  http://www.wisconsinscottish.org/


Saturday, September 2
Green County Genealogical Society Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
2nd Floor Meeting Room, Monroe Public Library, 925 16th Avenue
 
GREAT GRANDPA FERDINAND STRIEF IN THE CIVIL WAR- Peter Ott will portray his great-grandfather who served in the Civil War.
 
You may call Sharon (815-868-2416) or Donna (608-921-1537) if you have questions.


Sunday, September 3
Annual Slovak Festival in Parma, OH  (Affiliate Event)
12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
St. Anthony of Padua Church: 6750 State Road, Parma, OH
 
Live music and dancing will highlight the 46th Annual Slovak Festival.  Bring your appetite – Slovak food and pastry will be available for purchase.  The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI) will be at the festival with genealogical tools to help further your Czech and Slovak research.
 
For more information, call:  440-885-1994 or 440-845-0282.
 


Sunday, September 3
Forest Home Cemetery's "Walk in History" Free Guided Tours  (Affiliate Event)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Forest Home Cemetery- Halls of History Building: 2405 West Forest Home Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
 
Tour Title:  Milwaukee Abolitionists
Presented by the Forest Home Preservation Association, the free 90-minute tour led by Anita Pietrykowski will visit gravesites and recount the history of Milwaukee’s abolitionist movement. Significant to the movement were Caroline Quarlls and Joshua Glover, two escaped slaves whose paths to freedom were closely tied to Milwaukee. Walking shoes are strongly recommended for participants. 
 
All tours are free to the public; donations to the Forest Home Preservation Society are gratefully appreciated and help to make these tours possible.
 
For more information on historic Forest Home Cemetery tours, call 414-645-2632 or visit: www.foresthomecemetery.com


Monday, September 4
Forest Home Cemetery's "Walk in History" Free Guided Tours  (Affiliate Event)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Forest Home Cemetery- Halls of History Building: 2405 West Forest Home Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
 
Tour Title:  Milwaukee History
Presented by the Forest Home Preservation Association, the free 90-minute tour led by Paul Haubrich highlights the individuals who are responsible for creating Milwaukee’s history. Walking shoes are strongly recommended for participants. 
 
All tours are free to the public; donations to the Forest Home Preservation Society are gratefully appreciated and help to make these tours possible.
 
For more information on historic Forest Home Cemetery tours, call 414-645-2632 or visit: www.foresthomecemetery.com