Special Events & Activities

Gateway Clipper Dinner Cruise (W-138)

Wednesday Evening – 6:00 P.M. – 9:30 P.M.

Sponsored and hosted by Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society

Join the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society onboard the Gateway Clipper Empress for a dinner cruise along Pittsburgh’s three rivers.

The Gateway Empress has the honor of being the longest serving vessel ever at the Gateway Clipper Fleet. The Empress has been sailing the three rivers since 1966! She is 212 feet long and 50 feet wide. Passengers will enjoy a great view of the beautiful Pittsburgh skyline and the magnificent architecture of its many bridges. A delicious buffet dinner will be served as we cruise the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers.

For your convenience, the Gateway Clipper Empress will pick up at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Boarding will begin at 6:00 p.m. and we will depart the dock at 6:30 p.m. The cruise will end by 9:30 p.m. with everyone returned to the dock at the convention center.

Hot Dinner Buffet:

Natural Chicken Breast with Bacon, Pearl Onions, and Merlot Sauce; Roasted Beef Strip Loin with Cafe de Paris Sauce; Clipper Chophouse Salad: Chopped Iceberg Lettuce, Local Tomatoes, Bacon, with Ranch and Italian Dressings; Baby Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Almonds, Shaved Red Onion w/ Poppy seed Dressing; Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Carrot Mélange; Penne Pasta with Tomato Basil Sauce; Four Cheese Mac & Cheese; Apple Nut Cake with Cream Cheese Icing; Chocolate Fudge Devil's Food Cake; Freshly Brewed Coffee, Decaf & Hot Tea; Fresh Bakery Rolls and Creamery Butter

Tickets: $45 (Space is limited. Cash bar available.)

Exhibit Hall Activities

Finding enough time to fully explore the exhibit hall during FGS conferences is often difficult, but we are making that easier at FGS 2017. 

Exhibit Hall Grand Opening

As always, we'll have the Exhibit Hall Grand Opening on Thursday from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. (immediately following the Keynote Address).Get your first look at the latest software, books, maps, databases, and gadgets on the market for genealogists and family historians, as well as information about genealogical organizations. 

Exhibit Hall Lunch: Eat, Explore, Shop

On Friday, the two-hour lunch break will be devoted to the exhibit hall with a catered boxed lunch served. A ticket for this special lunch is included with each full conference registration. Tickets will also be available as an add-on purchase for Friday-only attendees. Tickets are $29 for one or two-day registrants attending on Friday or guests and can be purchased using the Add Extras form. Sponsored by Ancestry.com (Other luncheons will not be held on Friday.) 

Boxed lunches will be a choice of:

  • Smoked Turkey on Brioche with bacon, tomato, lettuce and herb aioli;
  • Ham and Swiss on Pretzel Bread with lettuce, tomato and Dijonnaise; or
  • “ZLT” Flatbread Sandwich with grilled zucchini, tomatoes, jalapeño Jack cheese and sun-dried tomato pesto

A whole fruit, bag of chips, and fresh baked cookie will be included along with iced tea, lemonade, and water. Options for special diets will be available. Contact registration@fgs.org after you register if you have dietary restrictions.) 

Exhibit Hall Live

Join FGS and our exhibitors from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday for a 90-minute exhibit hall gala featuring door prizes, special activities, shopping, and networking with vendors and societies. This will be a great time to spend your Vendor Bucks and finish up your Exhibit Hall Passport, if you haven’t done so by Saturday morning.

Exhibit Hall Passports

All attendees (including one-day registrants) will receive an Exhibit Hall Passport with their registration materials. Get your Passport stamped at the booths you visit during the conference and turn it in at the FGS booth for an opportunity to win prizes. Passports with a minimum of 20 stamps will be eligible to win a variety of prizes. Passports that are 100% covered will also be eligible for the Grand Prize Package. Details about prizes will be announced closer to the conference.   

Vendor Bucks

Each full conference registrant will receive $10 in Vendor Bucks in their registration material to spend at the vendor booth of their choice. Have an exhibitor endorse your vendor bucks coupon when making a purchase valued at $10 or more and take the endorsed coupon to the Vendor Bucks Booth in the back left of the exhibit hall to redeem it for $10 in cash. 

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cincinnati Reds

The Pittsburgh Pirates are in town during the conference with games vs the Cincinnati Reds on Friday, September 1 and Saturday, September 2. FGS is partnering with the Pirates to offer discounted tickets to conference attendees! Available tickets will be in a block so other conference attendees may be in the general area but to ensure seating together, purchase tickets as one order. You are on-your-own for purchasing tickets and transportation to and from PNC Park.

Fireworks will follow the Friday night game and the first 20,000 fans will get a free t-shirt on Saturday night.