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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.  


National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library present Twists and Turns: The Story of Sokol
Saturday, June 3 through Sunday, December 31
National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library present Twists and Turns: The Story of Sokol  (Out of State Event)
National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library, 1400 Inspirational Place SW, Cedar Rapids, IA
 
In honor of the 2017 Sokol Slet, the current exhibit of the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library (NCSML) traces the story of Sokol.  Named for the falcon and founded in 1862, Sokol embodied the belief that a nation must be physically fit, moral, and intelligent to secure its independence and retain it.
 
For additional information on this extraordinary exhibit, visit: www.ncsml.org/exhibits/story-of-sokol


Saturday, June 3 through Sunday, December 31
Mount Horeb Driftless Historium  (Wisconsin Event)
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Driftless Historium: 100 South 2nd Street, Mount Horeb, WI
 
Mount Horeb Driftless Historium Public Access Hours:
Wednesdays to Sundays from 10am to 4pm
 
Newly opened, the $1.7 million, three-building history center is located in the heart of downtown Mount Horeb.  Its presence represents the culmination of nearly a decade of community-based efforts – from drawings and fundraising campaigns to the center’s ultimate construction.  In addition to the historium’s archival collections, the facility features educational exhibits, a research center, and special program offerings.
 
Currently on display, the Historium’s first special exhibit entitled Creators, Collectors & Communities: Making Ethnic Identities through Objects” explores the artistic evolution of Mount Horeb’s ethnic identity from cherished immigrant trunks passed down through the generations to Main Street’s quirky, Scandinavian-inspired wooden trolls.
 
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. 


Sunday, June 4 through Sunday, December 31
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



Saturday, September 23
Johnstown Slavic Festival in Johnstown, PA  (Out of State Event)
Cambria City at the Discovery Center, Johnstown, PA
 
The 3rd annual festival will honor the Slavic spirit through live music and dance performances, homemade Slavic food, Slavic beer, cultural exhibits, workshops and ethnic vendors.  The event honors the community’s Slavic ancestors who began arriving in Johnstown over 135 years ago to find employment in the area’s mills and mines.
 
For additional information, visit: http://www.jaha.org/events/johnstown-slavic-festival/


Saturday, September 23 through Sunday, September 24
Doors Open Milwaukee - Forest Home Cemetery Participating Venue  (Wisconsin Event)
Forest Home Cemetery, 2405 West Forest Home Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
 
Doors Open Milwaukee Participating Venue:
Saturday, September 23:  10am to 4pm
Sunday, September 24:  12Noon to 4pm
 
The Doors Open Milwaukee event provides free-of-charge access to more than 150 wonderful buildings showcasing Milwaukee’s history, architecture and preservation of the “built” environment.  During the weekend event, Forest Home Cemetery will be offering tours of their Landmark Chapel completed in 1892, as well as Wisconsin’s first crematory located in the lower level of the chapel.  No longer in use, the crematorium was operational between1896 and 2000.
 
For additional information, call 414-645-2632 or visit: www.foresthomecemetery.com


Introduction to the Care of Historic Cemeteries Workshop
Saturday, September 23
Introduction to the Care of Historic Cemeteries Workshop  (Wisconsin Event)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Oak Hill Cemetery, 1725 N. Washington St., Janesville, WI
 
The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training and Oak Hill Cemetery Preservation Society will offer a one-day hands-on workshop for the basic care and maintenance for historic cemeteries. This class is open to the public and costs $35 per participant.
 
This workshop will begin with registration and check-in at 8:30 AM, followed by lectures on the basic steps of documenting historic cemeteries, including survey forms and tips for successful photography. Topics will also include an introduction to establishing preservation priorities in an historic cemetery and cleaning of stone monuments and overall cemetery care. There will be ample time for questions and answers.
 
After an hour break for lunch, the workshop will continue at the Oak Hill Cemetery with hands-on cleaning of stone markers. This will be followed by training to reset grave markers. The day will conclude with instruction on the repair of headstones.
 
The workshop is limited to 30 participants. For more information or to register, please call Gramke Monuments from 8 AM-5 PM CDT, Monday-Friday, at 608-754-6290. Registration may be paid by check or money order payable to Judith Groth in the amount of $35 per participant, and mailed to:
Gramke Monuments
1620 N. Washington Street
Janesville, WI 53548
 
Those wishing to pay in cash may also stop at Gramke Monuments in person.
 


Saturday, September 23
Swedish Genealogy Workshop  (WHS Event)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium, 816 State Street, Madison
 
The Wisconsin Historical Society welcomes the SwedGen Tour to Madison! Come learn about Swedish genealogy from the experts! Consultations with the SwedGen Tour instructors will be available throughout the day along with the following program:

Kathy Meade- Swedish Records online with Arkiv Digital
Charlotte Börjesson- Swedish DVD and Online Resources
Anna-Lena Hultman- Swedish Culture and the emigration from Sweden
Anneli Andersson- How to Find Living Relatives and Tips for Your Sweden Trip
Olof Cronberg- Swedish Historical Maps and Disbyt

Date: September 23
Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Cost: $30.00 (WHS and Wisconsin State Genealogical Society receive 10% off! Use code: WSGS17)
Location: Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium

Each attendee has the choice of the following box lunches:
  • Choice 1: Ham, Swiss, Dijon Aioli, Spring Mix, Rye Bread
  • Choice 2: Smoked Turkey, White Cheddar, Bacon, Tomato Aioli, Multigrain Bread
  • Choice 3: Butternut Squash Spread, Grilled Vegetables, Greens, Spinach Tortilla--vegan

  • Please select if you would like Gluten Free bread

    Each lunch box contains the following:
    Mixed salad/balsamic dressing on the side, chocolate truffle, kettle chips and soda/water. Feel free to bring your own drink.
 


Here Come the Doughboys World War I Genealogy Workshop & Webinar
Saturday, September 23
Here Come the Doughboys World War I Genealogy Workshop & Webinar  (Out of State Event)
9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Rd., Bolingbrook, IL
 
To commemorate America's entry into the Great War, the Fountaindale Public Library, Bolingbrook, Illinois, is hosting a free workshop and live stream of Here Come the Doughboys!: Tracing Your WWI Military Ancestors on Saturday, September 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST!
 
While there was a loss of military service files from both WWI and WWII during the National Personnel Records Center fire in 1973, there are new and easily accessible records available for researchers both online and within several archives.   This workshop is designed to help genealogists and historians of all experience levels to begin researching their Great War ancestors.
 
Presenters Tina Beiard and Debra Dudek will show attendees how to locate military records, explore online resources, and navigate local, state, regional, and national depositories to create a fuller picture of an ancestor’s military service.
 
Both the live workshop and streaming webinar are free and open to the public.  With funding made possible by the World War I and America grant, recordings of each session will be made available for three years following the original webinar air date.
 
Libraries, genealogy societies, museum, and archives are welcome to live stream this event or use recorded sessions provided their events are free and open to the public.  Free handout materials will be posted online by September 12.
 
Links to the event registration, webinar reminder, and YouTube streams are available on our blog: https://fountaindalegenealogy.org/2017/08/24/track-down-your-wwi-military-ancestors-with-our-free-multi-session-webinar-those-places-thursday/.


National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century Workshop
Saturday, September 23
National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century Workshop  (Wisconsin Event)
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Everett Roehl Marshfield Public Library, 211 E. 2nd Street, Marshfield, WI, First floor meeting room
 
Are you a descendant of an ancestor who lived and served in one of the Original Colonies prior to 1701? Come join us to become a member of the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century!
 
Prospective members for the Marshfield NSCDXVIIC Chapter are invited to the Everett Roehl Marshfield Public Library first floor meeting room on Saturday, September 23rd, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Bring a brown bag lunch, your laptop computer, and $5.00 for handouts.
 
Registration deadline: Saturday, September 16, 2017
 
For more information, contact Margaret Miskulin, Marshfield Organizing President at 715-486-8424 or e-mail cold1776@yahoo.com.
 
 


Saturday, September 23
Driftless Historiium's Artist Demonstration Day: Arts & Crafts – 4 of 4  (Wisconsin Event)
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Driftless Historium: 100 South 2nd Street, Mount Horeb, WI
 
The fourth presentation in a series of four Artist Demonstration Days showcases mixed-metal artist John Pahlas of Center Ground Studio – creator of the Driftless Historium lobby sculpture.  This family-friendly event also includes a free children’s craft station to encourage self-expression by young artists under the supervision of Historical Society staff and volunteer educators. 
 
For more information, visit: www.mthorebhistory.org or call 608-437-6486.


Saturday, September 23
Chippewa County Genealogical Society Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am
History Center, 123 Allen Street, Chippewa Falls, WI
 
It has been one hundred years since our country was involved in World War I and, in recognition of this involvement, the featured speaker for the next Chippewa County Genealogical Society meeting will be Kelly Herold. Mr. Herald, who has done substantial research about this subject, is the director of the Buffalo County Historical Society, which has offices in Alma.  He will speak about the Chippewa area during World War I.
 
Research assistance will be available from 9:00 to 10:00 AM, and following the program. The meeting is open to the public and visitors are encouraged to attend. Coffee and refreshments will be served.


Sunday, September 24
28th Annual Czech & Slovak Fall Festival  (Out of State Event)
11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Czech and Slovak Sokol Minnesota; C.S.P.S. Hall, 383 Michigan Street, St. Paul, MN
 
Enjoy ethnic food and beverages, vendors, dance performances, live music, silent auction, children’s games and more!  Held at the historic C.S.P.S. Hall, the event offers free entry and is open to all.
 
For more information, visit: www.sokolmn.org 


Sunday, September 24
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


Monday, September 25
Mount Horeb's Driftless Historium presents Taboo Topics #3 – Life in a WWII Japanese Internment Camp  (Wisconsin Event)
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Mount Horeb Public Library. 105 Perimeter Rd., Mount Horeb, WI
 
Taboo Topics #3 – Life in a WWII Japanese Internment Camp
 
In 1942, retired Janesville pediatrician Dr. Katsumi Neeno was 17 years old when he and his family were forced from their California home to a desert camp in Arizona. The Neenos were among 112,000 Japanese Americans declared part of an “enemy race” and viewed as “threats to national security” during the politically charged era of World War II.
 
In an eye-opening evening, Dr. Neeno will share what life was like for his family during this time in history.
 
This is the third installment of “Taboo Topics: Explorations of Uncomfortable History,” presented as a joint effort by the Driftless Historium, Mount Horeb Area Historical Society, and the Mount Horeb Public Library.
 
Pre-registration is appreciated.  To learn more, call 608-437-5021 or email:  melissa.roelli@mounthorebwi.info


Tuesday, September 26
La Crosse Area Genealogical Society Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
6:00 pm
La Crosse Public Library Lower Level, 800 Main Street, La Crosse
 
Using and Preserving Church Records by Hannah Scholze


Friday, September 29 through Sunday, October 1
2017 King Wenceslaus Czech Festival in Orinda, CA  (Out of State Event)
Orinda Community Park, Community Center and Library, 26 – 28 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA
 
Festival hours:
Friday, September 29th:  3 to 10pm
Saturday, September 30th:  9am to 5pm
Sunday, October 1st:  5 to 6pm
 
The annual festival showcases Czech dancing and singing, booths with Czech delicacies, traditional crafts for sale, and games for kids.  Friday night’s opening ceremony will feature a rededication of the beautiful Linden Tree, the national tree of the Czech Republic.  On Sunday, the closing concert will highlight a local symphony performing select pieces by Czech composers Antonín Dvořák and Bedřich Smetana.
 
For additional information, visit: www.orindataborsistercity.org/festival/


Friday, September 29
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society September Business Meeting & Program  (Affiliate Event)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Milwaukee Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Krug Rare Books Room - 2nd Floor
 
Program topic to be announced.   The presentation will follow the business meeting at approximately 1:30 PM.
 
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.
 
For additional information, visit http://www.milwaukeegenealogy.org.
 


Saturday, September 30
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


Saturday, September 30
Texas Czech Genealogical Society presents Googling Back to the Future  (Out of State Event)
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Caldwell Civic/Visitor Center, 103 Texas Hwy 21 W, Caldwell, TX
 
Join Google™ expert and national/international speaker Lisa Louise Cooke as she explores the use of Google and other future technologies for propelling your genealogical research. 
 
Learn more at:  https://txczgs.org


Saturday, September 30
5th Rusyn Genealogy and Heritage Conferen  (Out of State Event)
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Kings College, 133 N River St, Wilkes-Barre, PA
 
Presented by the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society, the day-long conference will include presentations by:  Dr. Paul Magocsi, John Righetti, Father Joseph Bertha, and Dr. Paula Donson.
 
For more information or to RSVP, contact Sharon Jarrow at 610-759-2628 or shangp@rcn.com


Saturday, September 30 through Saturday, September 30
Wisconsin Historical Society Information  (Affiliate Event)
9:00 am to 11:00 am
Barron Senior Center, 10 N. 3rd Street, Barron, WI
 
The Blue Hills Genealogical Society presents Lori Bessler speaking about how to use the resources of the Wisconsin Historical Society, with special attention to immigration.
 
Fee: $5.00


Saturday, September 30
Deciphering Old German Script Workshop  (Wisconsin Event)
10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Marquette University, Raynor Memorial Libraries, 1355 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI
 

Are you a historian trying to decipher old German handwritten documents? A genealogist researching your German-speaking ancestors?

In this workshop, Mark Louden will introduce you to the basics of reading German handwritten materials, with a special focus on those from the 19th century. Antje Petty will give suggestions on how to work with German-language genealogical records. The workshop combines presentations with practical exercises. You are welcome to bring your own documents to work on. Though a reading knowledge of German is helpful, it is not required.

Mark Louden is the Director of the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies and a Professor in the German Department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Antje Petty is the Associate Director of the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies.

The workshop is cosponsored by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Marquette University.

REGISTER by September 21 —- Space is limited! Sign up early!

Workshop Fee (includes lunch)
Regular: $39
Member of the Friends of MKI: $34
UW-Madison or Marquette student: $25

Lunch includes a choice of turkey, roast beef, or roasted vegetable sandwich. All sandwiches come with fruit salad and drink. If you would like gluten-free bread, email Antje: apetty@wisc.edu.

This workshop will be held at Marquette University's Raynor Memorial Libraries Beaumier Conference Center, 1355 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI.

For more information, and to register, see https://mkifriends.org/workshops/.



Saturday, September 30
Forest Home Cemetery's "Walk in History" Free Guided Tours  (Wisconsin Event)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Forest Home Cemetery- Halls of History Building: 2405 West Forest Home Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
 
Tour Title:  The Streets and Parks of Milwaukee
Presented by the Forest Home Preservation Association, the free 90-minute tour led by Sally Merrell will visit the gravesites and recount the stories of Milwaukeeans who have been recognized with streets and parks named for them. Among the list of honorees are:  Lapham, Gillespie, Brown, Burnham, Layton, Zeidler and Halyard. 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, October 2
Fond du Lac County Genealogical Society Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Fond du Lac Public Library, 32 Sheboygan Street


Tuesday, October 3
Northern Waters Genealogical Society Program  (Affiliate Event)
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Boulder Junction Community Center, 5392 Park Street, Boulder Junction, WI
 
Using Google Earth in Genealogy Research - presented by Susan Fassbender.


Saturday, October 7
52nd Anniversary Oklahoma Czech Festival in Yukon, OK  (Out of State Event)
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Oklahoma Czech Building, 5th Street, Yukon, OK
 
During this day-long Czech celebration, you’ll experience the customs and enjoy the recipes that have been passed down through generations.  In addition to the homemade sausages and kolaches, the event features a parade, polka music, dancing, and imported merchandise.
 
For additional information, contact Marjorie Jezek 405-206-8142 or visit:  
www.czechfestivaloklahoma.com/czech-festival/


Saturday, October 7
Green County Genealogical Society Workshop  (Affiliate Event)
8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Founder's Hall, Monroe Clinic, 515 22nd Avenue
 
Maureen Brady will be presenting four programs:
  • Researching Canadian Records
  • The First Frontiersmen: The Scots Irish
  • Researching Religious RecordsTAnalyzing Your Research.
Maureen Brady is a former school librarian with over 30 years of experience with family history research and is a professional genealogist. She is the Co-Director and Trainer for the Crystal Lake (IL) Family History Center.
 
The workshop brochure with registration form may be found on the GCGS website (www.greencogenealogywi.org) under "Upcoming Events."
 
The Green County Genealogical Society was organized for the purpose of bringing together family researchers and promoting preservation of heirlooms and documents. Our monthly meetings are open to the public and usually held at 10:00 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month at the Monroe Public Library. The Research Center is available each Tuesday and the third Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the lower level of the library. The main holdings are Green County. Both Rock and Lafayette are well represented along with other counties, states, countries and ethnic groups. Also available is a large clipping collection of births, marriages, and obituaries. Volunteers are available to help with your research. An elevator is available.


Saturday, October 7
Fall Green County Genealogical Society Workshop  (Affiliate Event)
8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Monroe Clinic Founders Hall, Monroe, WI
 
Maureen Brady will present four programs: The First Frontiersmen - The Scots-Irish, Researching Canadian Records, Researching Religious Records, and Analyzing Your Research. The workshop will be held from 8:30 am (registration) to about 3:30 p.m. in Monroe Clinic Founders Hall in Monroe, WI. Lunch will be provided. Details with descriptions of the programs and the registration form will be in future newsletters and then posted on our website - http://www.greencogenealogywiorg/. Call Sharon (815-868-2416) or Donna (608-921-1537) if you have questions.


Saturday, October 7
Drafting a Source Citation without Anxiety  (WHS Event)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
UW-Madison Memorial Library, Room 126
 
Writing a source for the documents we use as genealogists has become confusing, even frightening. It need not be when you focus on five words. The workshop leader (George L Findlen, CG, CGL) will demonstrate how five basic components apply to every kind of document genealogists use, from a vital record to an interview with a great aunt to a photo of a headstone. Workshop attendees will be given five documents to practice writing a source citation. 

Date: October 7
Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Cost: $30.00 (WHS and Wisconsin State Genealogical Society receive 10% off! Use code: WSGS17)
Location: Memorial Library 126

Each attendee has the choice of the following box lunches:
  • Choice 1: Ham, Swiss, Dijon Aioli, Spring Mix, Rye Bread
  • Choice 2: Smoked Turkey, White Cheddar, Bacon, Tomato Aioli, Multigrain Bread
  • Choice 3: Butternut Squash Spread, Grilled Vegetables, Greens, Spinach Tortilla--vegan
Please select if you would like Gluten Free bread
 
Each lunch box contains the following:
Mixed salad/balsamic dressing on the side, chocolate truffle, kettle chips and soda/water. Feel free to bring your own drink.
 
 


Saturday, October 7
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society Booth at Scandinavian Fest  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Ronald Reagan Elementary School, 4225 South Calhoun Road, New Berlin, WI
 
The annual Scandinavian Festival includes arts & crafts, music, ethnic dancing, and, of course yummy food!  Interested in discovering more about your Scandinavian roots? The Milwaukee County Genealogical Society’s Genealogy Booth will be on-site to help you trace your family history.


Monday, October 9
Blue Hills Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Barron Senior Center, 10 N. 3rd Street, Barron, WI
 
The October meeting of the Blue Hills Genealogical Society will feature Carol Halverson speaking about rural schools in Barron County.


Wednesday, October 11
Milwaukee PAF User Group October Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Klemmer's Banquet Center, 10401 West Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee
 
Topics:  Who and What You’ll Find in the US Census and City Directories by Cathy Dailey and Land Records That Tell Your Ancestor’s Story by Gary Haas
 
The parking lot entrance is located on the east side of the building. For additional information, visit http://mpafug.org.


Saturday, October 14
Mount Horeb's Driftless Historium presents Historic Handicrafts for Kids: Felting 101 Workshop  (Wisconsin Event)
9:00 am to 10:30 am
Driftless Historium: 100 South 2nd Street, Mount Horeb, WI
 
This introductory class, taught by The Cat and Crows's Gwyn Padden-Lechten and Mount Horeb Area School District Art Teacher Laura Gruetzmacher, will teach young artists the basics of wet felting. 
 
Students will make a small, colorfully striking wall hanging.  During class, they will learn various techniques used by textile artists to shape wool roving and then use simple sewing techniques to embellish their creations with beads, buttons and baubles. 

This kid-friendly, hands-on workshop is designed for children six to twelve years of age; registration fee of $15/child is to be pre-paid.  If 15 students do not sign up by Monday, October 9, the class will be canceled and all fees refunded in full.

For more information, or to make your reservation(s), call 608-437-6486 or email:  mthorebhistory@mhtc.net.


Sunday, October 15
Annual Free October Czechfest in York, NE  (Out of State Event)
9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Holthus Convention Center: 3130 Holen Avenue, York, NE
 
The 13th annual free festival includes an authentic Czech dinner, accordion jamboree, live entertainment, children’s activities, and a vendor area.
 
For additional information, visit:  www.nebraskaczechsofyork.org


Sunday, October 15
Mount Horeb Area Historical Society Annual Meeting  (Wisconsin Event)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Driftless Historium: 100 South 2nd Street, Mount Horeb, WI
 
Following the business meeting and election of board members, the Society proudly welcomes Antietam National Battlefield Interpretive Guide and Historian Sharon Murray of West Virginia, who will discuss “A Friendship Forged in Battle: John Gibbon, the Iron Brigade and Battery B at Antietam and Beyond.”

The event is free to attend.  For more information, call 608-437-6486 or email: mthorebhistory@mhtc.net.


Tuesday, October 17 through Saturday, October 21
Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International's 2017 Genealogical & Cultural Conference  (Affiliate Event)
Hyatt Regency Hotel -- Pittsburgh International Airport, 1111 Airport Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA
 
The biennial CGSI Conference is the premier event to learn about techniques for genealogical research in the areas now known as the Czech and Slovak Republics.  The event features local, national, and international speakers, along with workshops, field trips, entertainment, and access to CGSI’s traveling resource library with on-site assistance.
 
For more information on the 2017 conference, visit: http://cgsievents.com


Tuesday, October 17
The Aliens Are Coming: USCIS Record Sets  (WSGS Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Presenter: Rich Venezia Rich Venezia
  • Webinar Description: A-Files? AR-2 Forms? C-Files? Oh my! Wade through the alphabet soup of the record sets the US Citizenship & Immigration Services holds to find where your immigrant ancestor may be hiding. In addition to handling current immigration into the USA, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) holds indispensable genealogical records for anyone with post-1906 immigrant ancestors. This lecture explores a bit about how USCIS came to be, but more importantly, the valuable records it holds. Participants will learn who is likely to show up in which USCIS file set, how the index searching and ordering process works, and see examples of each record set held by USCIS. The files that will be discussed are: 
  • • A-Files (Alien Files) (including which files are held at HARA and which are held by USCIS) 
    • AR-2s (Alien Registration Forms) 
    • C-Files (Naturalization Certificate Files) 
    • Registry Files 
    • Visa Files 
  • Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8892342449943476993
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, October 20
17th Annual Genealogy Lock-in Program  (Out of State Event)
11:00 am to 9:30 pm
West Waco Public Library & Genealogy Center; 5301 Bosque Blvd, Waco, TX
 
Delve into your Czech research with this one-day intensive learning opportunity.  Lock-in topics include:  Orphan Train riders, DNA matching, newspaper research, regional depositories, and a special on-line presentation by genealogy researcher and Czech Republic guide Miroslav Koudelka.
 
For additional information, contact the Genealogy Center at 254-750-5945 or visit: http://calendar.wacolibrary.org/event/3513704?hs=a


Milwaukee PAF User Group's FREE Genealogy Workshop
Saturday, October 21
Milwaukee PAF User Group's FREE Genealogy Workshop  (Affiliate Event)
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Family History Center, 9600 W. Grange Avenue, Hales Corners, WI
 
Need a new strategy for breaking down a brick wall?  Learn how to enhance your genealogical research by attending this FREE workshop presented by Milwaukee PAF User Group, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Milwaukee South Family History Center. 
 
Details and registration information to be posted on the website when available.  For more information, please call the Milwaukee South Family History Center at 414-425-4182.
 


Saturday, October 21
5th Annual Czech Slovak Folklife Festival  (Out of State Event)
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Prince George Regional Heritage Center, 6406 Courthouse Rd, Prince George, VA
 
Celebrate the history and heritage of Virginia’s Czech and Slovak communities with traditional food, music, dancing, agricultural exhibits, and a walk through the Czech & Slovak Museum Gallery.
 
Learn more at: www.virginiaczechslovak.org  


Saturday, October 21
Forest Home Cemetery's "Walk in History" Free Guided Tours  (Wisconsin Event)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Forest Home Cemetery- Halls of History Building: 2405 West Forest Home Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
 
Tour Title:  Fall Color/Best of Bob and Paul
Presented by the Forest Home Preservation Association and led by Bob Giese and Paul Haubrich, the free 90-minute tour will showcase the cemetery’s amazing fall color palette as you learn about the individuals and families who made Milwaukee a great place on a Great Lake. 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


Sunday, October 22
31st Czech-Slovak Heritage Association Festival  (Out of State Event)
12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Tall Cedars Hall, 2501 Putty Hill Ave, Parkville, MD
 
Save the date for the 31st Annual Czech and Slovak Festival in Baltimore.  In addition to live music by Pajtasi (Slovak band), you can expect great meals, entertainment and shopping opportunities.
 


Tuesday, October 24
La Crosse Area Genealogical Society Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
6:00 pm
La Crosse Public Library Lower Level, 800 Main Street, La Crosse
 
Family Tree Maker 2017 by Terry Micks


Friday, October 27
2017 WSGS Fall Seminar Preconference Workshop  (WSGS Conference/Workshop)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Best Western Plus Eau Claire Conference Center, 3340 Mondovi Road, Eau Claire
 
What Next? Developing Step-by-Step Research Plans
A Pre-Conference Workshop with
Paula Stuart-Warren, CG®, FMGS, FUGA
 
From the analysis of known information to the creation of research goals for finding the elusive answers, your research success ratio is improved with careful planning and use of proven techniques. Taking and dissecting raw data so that a detailed research plan evolves is easier than you might think. What do you do next with those documents, letters, family stories, and other items you found or were sent by your aunt? Failure to make a research plan runs the risk of overlooking important clues in the records we already have and repeating the same research. This session includes hands-on exercises. A research plan is truly not a daunting task.

This three-hour pre-conference workshop will be held on Friday, October 27, 2017. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. with the workshop starting at 1:00 p.m. This workshop will be limited to 50 people. The workshop will be held at the Best Western Plus, Eau Claire, Wisconsin. It is strongly suggested that registrants bring a laptop or tablet with Internet access and their Wisconsin library card to access databases. Passwords for other subscription databases would also be useful.
 


Friday, October 27
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society October Business Meeting and Program  (Affiliate Event)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Milwaukee Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Community Room 1
 
Program topic to be announced.  The presentation will follow the business meeting at approximately 1:30 PM.
 
The Community Room is next to the first floor rotunda, just off the main library entrance.  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.
 
For additional information, visit http://www.milwaukeegenealogy.org.