Saturday, July 19, 2014

Society Saturday: Erath County Genealogical Society

Today I spoke to the Erath County (Texas) Genealogical Society in my role as the Coordinator for Archives and Special Services at the Dick Smith Library at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, the county seat.  Program chair Harrell Gilbreath contacted me four months ago to ask me to speak at this quarterly meeting about resources we have at my library to help them with their research.  President Janella Hendon and newsletter editor Sheryl Rascher gave me lots of ideas for topics to discuss.
Here are the slides from my presentation:

This group meets at the Dublin Public Library, where director Adina Dunn has put together an awesome collection - she gave me a brief library tour before the meeting. I was excited to hear that she and the library recently received a grant to have Dublin newspapers digitized and put on the Portal to Texas History.
There were 17 people attending this meeting, including Director of Comanche Public Library Margaret T. Waring, and Tom Rogers, son of local photographers Ralph and Dossie Gilbreath Rogers, who permitted us to add many of their images to the Cross Timbers Historic Images Project. They were very interested in my presentation and asked lots of great questions.  The meeting started at 2 PM and it was almost 4 when it was over!  Afterwards, I went with a group to the Dublin Historical Museum next door for an after-hours tour (more on that in a future post).

In other society news:  The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and co-hosts, the Texas State Genealogical Society and the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society, have announced a SPECIAL Saturday-only half-price rate of $49.99 to attend that day, August 30, of their upcoming annual conference in San Antonio, Texas. That one day has more than 35 lectures plus optional workshops and luncheons to choose from - decisions, decisions! I had already planned to drive down to visit the FREE Exhibit Hall to see product demonstrations and presentations on one of the two stages as well as visit vendors and exhibitors in their booths, so this makes the day even better!  Register now, take a "day trip" and spend Saturday in San Antonio!

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