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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, July 19 through Sunday, July 23
Blue Hills Genealogical Society Booth at Barron County Fair  (Affiliate Event)
Barron County Fair, Rice Lake, WI
 

The Blue Hills Genealogical Society will have a booth at the Barron County Fair in Rice Lake from July 19th to the 23rd. Come visit us!



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/


Saturday, July 22 through Sunday, July 30
Old World Wisconsin Event - The World of Little House  (WHS Event)
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Old World Wisconsin - W372 S9727 Hwy 67, Eagle, WI
 
The World of Little House - A 150th anniversay celebration of the birth of Laura Ingalls Wilder
Step into the World of Little House during the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Laura Ingalls Wilder in Wisconsin.  Activities mentioned in the Little House stories come to life through fun hands-on programs for the entire family.  From the moment you arrive and climb into the covered wagon, you'll know it's a day to celebrate all things Little House!  Highlights include:
  • A chance to meet "Laura" as portrayed by actress Jessica Michna.
  • A special Ingalls Family Scavenger Hunt
  • New experiences, including dressing up like "Ma" and making your very own Calling Card 
General admission fees include an all-day tram transportation pass.  Parking is free.
  • Adults (18-64):  $19
  • Children (5-17):  $10
  • Senior citizens (65 and over):  $16
  • Children 4 and under are free
For more information, please call 262-594-6301 or visit:  https://oldworldwisconsin.wisconsinhistory.org/


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


Monday, July 24
H.H. Bennett Studio Event - Facebook of the 1860's: Carte de Visite Photographs  (WHS Event)
11:00 am
215 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells, WI
 
Facebook of the 1860's:  Carte de Visite Photograph Display at H.H. Bennett Studio
Learn about the type of photography that was the "social media" for the 19th Century.
 
For additional details, visit:  https://hhbennettstudio.wisconsinhistory.org/


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


Tuesday, July 25
Wisconsin Historical Museum - History Sandwiched In: Lizzie Kander and the Settlement Cookbook  (WHS Event)
12:15 pm to 1:00 pm
Wisconsin Historical Museum - 30 N Carroll Street, Madison, WI
 
History Sandwiched In:  Lizzie Kander and the Settlement Cookbook -  Suggested donation of $3/person
Join Bob Kann as he shares tales from his book, A Recipe for Success: Lizzie Kander and Her Cookbook, which celebrates the life of Milwaukee's early 20th century culinary wonder, Lizzie Kander.  Learn how Lizzie's Settlement Cookbook became the most successful fundraising cookbook in history, while at the same time taught numerous young Jewish immigrant girls how to prepare American-style cooking.  Proceeds from this publication helped to build Milwaukee's first settlement house and later the Jewish Community Center. 
 
You're invited to bring a lunch to this informal lunch-and-lecture series.
 
For more information, kindly call 608-264-6555 or visit:  https://historicalmuseum.wisconsinhistory.org/


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


Saturday, July 29
Blue Hills Genealogical Society Brat Sale Fundraiser  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Gordy's Market, 2601 South Main Street, Rice Lake, WI
 

The Blue Hills Genealogical Society will have a fundraiser - a Brat Sale at Gordy's Market in Rice Lake, Saturday, July 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.



Saturday, July 29 through Sunday, July 30
Wade House - 1860's Ginger Beer Making  (WHS Event)
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wade House Historic Site - W7965 State Hwy 23, Greenbush, WI
 
1860's Ginger Beer Making at Wade House
Fans of home brewing and beer lovers are invited to witness the art of brewing ginger beer as practiced in the 1860's.  Learn the secrets of brewing with ginger root while sampling the efforts of the brewmaster's craft.
 
The ginger beer activities are included in the cost of general admission to Wade House.  On-site horse-drawn transportation is included in the ticket cost.
  • Adults:  $12
  • Children (5-17):  $6
  • Students and senior citizens (65 and over):  $10
  • Family (two adults and two or more dependent children 5-17):  $33.
For additional information, please call:  920-526-3271 or visit their website: https://wadehouse.wisconsinhistory.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


Monday, September 4
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, September 5
Northern Waters Genealogical Society Program  (Affiliate Event)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Boulder Junction Community Center, 5392 Park Street, Boulder Junction, WI
 
Using Social Security Records for Genealogical Research - presented by Don Schnitzler.


Friday, September 8 through Sunday, September 10
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society Booth at Indian Summer  (Affiliate Event)
Henry Maier Festival Park (Summerfest Grounds), 200 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, WI
 
Indian Summer Hours:
Friday, September 8:  4pm to 12Midnight
Saturday, September 9:  12Noon to 12Midnight
Sunday, September 10:  11am to 8pm
 
The Indian Summer Festival provides a welcoming venue for education, preservation, and promotion of American Indian cultures. Fest-goers will experience an up-close view of the rich Native American culture through art, music, food, and activities. Want to explore your Native American roots? The Milwaukee County Genealogical Society’s Genealogy Booth will be on-site to help you trace your family history.
 
For admission fees and discount offers, as well as other information on the festival, visit:  http://www.indiansummer.org/


Saturday, September 9
Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International Quarterly Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
Minnesota Genealogy Center, 1185 Concord Street North, South St. Paul, MN
 
Quarterly meeting presentation:  Using DNA to Solve Family Mysteries by John Vanek
 
For further information, visit:  www.cgsi.org


Saturday, September 9 through Sunday, September 10
Milwaukee County Historical Society's Trimborn Farm Harvest of Arts and Crafts  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Trimborn Farm Historical Park, 8881 W. Grange Avenue, Greendale, WI
 
Trimborn Farm's Annual Harvest of Arts and Crafts Hours:
Saturday, September 9:  10am to 4pm
Sunday, September 10:  10am to 4pm
 
From wearable art and holiday decorations to flawlessly detailed jewelry, paintings, and sculpture, the Trimborn Harvest Festival features some of the most exceptional handcrafted work in the Midwest. Wine, beer, and picnic food can be purchased as you wander through the beautiful Trimborn Farm grounds. Limited visitor parking will be available on-site at the farm; additional parking with shuttle bus service will be offered from Southridge Mall. Shuttle bus service to run every 20 minutes with pick-up and drop-off near Macy’s. 
 
If you are interested in volunteering at this event, please contact Amanda Balistreri, Event & Volunteer Coordinator, at 414-273-8288 or abalistreri@milwaukeehistory.net
 
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 the 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.
 


Wednesday, September 13
Milwaukee PAF User Group September Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Klemmer's Banquet Center, 10401 West Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee
 
Topics:  Victorian Mourning & Funeral Practices by Steve Person and Funeral Home Research by Bob Heck.
 
The parking lot entrance is located on the east side of the building. For additional information, visit http://mpafug.org.