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FGS 2014 Conference Getting Set to Start

Volunteers are getting things ready for the FGS 2014 Conference. Onsite registration begins Tuedday afternoon at 3:00!

Volunteers are getting things ready for the FGS 2014 Conference. Onsite registration begins Tuedday afternoon at 3:00!

Conference week has finally arrived! The committee and volunteers are busy with final preparations at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as attendees are arriving at one of the most anticipated genealogical events of the year.

Today, ProQuest sponsors Librarians’ Day, a pre-conference event, that includes sessions on Preserve the Pensions, Building a Core Genealogical Collection for Your Library, San Antonio Public LIbrary Texana and Genealogy Collection, and Genealogy Research Sources Available at the Texas General Land Office.

Wednesday is Focus on Societies day. A half-day workshop with David Rencher and Ed Donakey will show societies how to develop a plan for managing and building their organization. In the afternoon, society members and leaders can select from a range of topics on strategic planning, society technology, outreach, education and more.

Thursday morning, the conference kicks off with keynote address, Orphan Trains to Texas, followed by the opening of the Exhibit Hall and more than 130 sessions and workshops for genealogists.

It’s not too late to join in. Onsite registration begins Tuesday afternoon at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and continues each day. There is a special day-rate for Saturday of $49. The exhibit hall is open Thurday through Saturday and offers free admittance to the public.

See you there!

 

 

 

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Riders on the Orphan Trains

Orphan Train

Orphan Train

The keynote address at this year’s FGS conference promises to be both educational and entertaining. Plan now to attend the opening session, Riders on the Orphan Trains, on Thursday morning, August 28.

Using multi-media, they will tell the story of the Orphan Trains that carried over 250,000 orphans and unwanted children across the United States between 1854 and 1929. These children were taken out of New York City and given away at train stations in every state in the continental United States with the last train stopping in Sulphur Springs, Texas, in 1929.

Presenters Phil Lancaster and Alison Moore combine live music, a video montage with archival photographs and interviews of survivors to tell the stories of these children.

Phil Lancaster and Alison Moore, presenters of Riders of the Orphan Trains

Phil Lancaster and Alison Moore, presenters of Riders of the Orphan Trains

Alison Moore is a former assitant professor of English/Creative Writing in the MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of Arizon and a current Humanities Scholar in Texas, and the author of the novel Riders on the Orphan Train. Phil Lancaster was born in Texarkana, Arkansas and studied art and music at L’Ecole De Beaux Arts in Angers, France. He became a member of a bluegrass band that toured throughout France and produced an album entitled “Bluegrass Oldies Ltd./Traveling Show.” He is presenter of “Riders on the Orphan Train,” the official outreach program for the National Orphan Train Complex.

See a preview on their website, www.ridersontheorphantrain.org.

Learn more abou the FGS 2014 Conference or register online

 

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