Friday, July 18, 2008

Life in the Past Lane V at Pittsfield NARA

The Friends of the National Archives – Pittsfield, MA, will present its annual Full-Day Genealogy Conference, Life in the Past Lane V, on Saturday, September 20, 2008, at the Williams Inn in Williamstown, MA.

The day will include lectures by Jean Nudd, Gregory Pomicter, Horace Waters, and Linda Blaser. The registration fee includes morning and afternoon refreshments, lunch, and a roundtable question and answer period hosted by a panel of experts. Several vendors will be on hand to provide products of interest to genealogists. Complete program details and a printable registration form can be found at or by calling 413-236-3600.

Janet M. Rogge, President
Friends of NARA
10 Conte Drive
Pittsfield, MA 01201

2008 Avery Memorial Association Reunion at Mashantucket Pequot Museum

The Avery Memorial Association
will hold its annual meeting/reunion Saturday,July 19Th at Mashantucket Pequot Museum, 110 Pequot Trail,Mashantucket.

Registration starts at 10:00 A.M., with the meeting program between 10:30 A.M.- 12:30 P.M.

At 12:30 P.M., will be a buffet lunch and from 2:00- 4:00 P.M., the Pequot Museum Director will be giving the attendees a thirty minute Power Point presentation and talk/Q&A about the relationship with the Avery's and Pequot Tribe. Admission is separate from the reunion but attendees can get a reduced group rate of admission.

Activities are also planned for the Avery's the day before and after the reunion in the local area. Those at this late date should check on last minute reservation availability for Saturday luncheon with Mrs. Brustolon listed below or Mrs. Lantiere also listed below.

The Avery Memorial Association is a Groton,Connecticut; based organization that operates multiple historic sites. Membership consists of active Members descendants of descendants of Christopher Avery and a Friends category. Stephanie Lantiere is president and she can be reached at with general questions about the organization. Reunion reservations and membership queries should be made to Betty Brustolon, membership secretary, at 860-536-7236. Among notable Christopher Avery descendants are United States Vice Presidents Schuyler Colfax and Nelson Rockefeller. More info:

New Wing Opeing at the East Haddam Society Museum

You are invited to attend THE GRAND OPENING of the

264 Town Street, East Haddam, Conn.

on Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 11am

Free Admission All Day!
This wing was built to accept a priceless gift--weighing 3600 pounds and standing 17 feet high--from East Haddam resident Joseph Clark. Mr. Clark, about to retire as Technical Director of the Metropolitan Opera House in NYC, felt that the "tympanum" (plaster model of the South Portal of Washington's National Cathedral, consisting of The Last Supper and The Road to Emmaus) by sculptor Heinz Warneke should be given to the EHHS for residents and visitors to enjoy. The work was created here in the Wickham Road studio of sculptor Warneke, where it resided for fifty years. Joseph Clark purchased Warneke's property from Warneke's daughter, Priscilla Waters Norton, whose son, Jonathan Waters, is also a sculptor. All three will be present for the opening of the New Wing and Heinz Warneke Exhibit.

President Charles Farrow, Vice President Mary Ellen Klinck, Museum Director George Drenga, the trustees and I would be honored by your presence. The curator for "Heinz Warneke, 1895-1983: East Haddam's Modernist Sculptor" is Laura Macaluso of Milford; her graphic artist is Jonathan Hunt of Manchester. The exhibit is made possible by a matching grant from the Connecticut Humanities Council.

Light refreshments will be served.

Please join us for this landmark occasion!

For reservations, please email or call 860-873-2832
Thank you!

--Bob Cumming, Executive Director

To locate the EHHS Museum From Route 9:
Take exit 7 off of Route 9. Go left at the blinker and right at the first traffic light (Route 82). After passing Goodspeed Opera House remain on Route 82 toward Gillette Castle. At the "T" with Route 151, go right for about one mile and see the EHHS sign on the left.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Planting Your Family Tree Online

Connecticut Ancestry Society, Inc. and The Historical Collections Staff of the Bridgeport Public Library

Planting Your Family Tree Online
with Robert Locke
on Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 10:30 AM
The Bridgeport Public Library
Burroughs-Saden Main Branch
925 Broad Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604

More genealogical records are being made available online every day. Distant cousins are connecting with each other, just an "e-mail" away. Join this "new age" by planting your own family tree online. Get that next generation excited about your family history.

Starting at 10:30 a.m., Robert Locke will demonstrate how dynamic,work-in-progress, publishing of your own tree on the Internet can bring connections from around the world knocking on your own "electronic door". It really is easier than you think.

Robert Locke has been teaching the practical use of technology for 27 years. He currently teaches for Red Hat, Inc., the world's most trusted provider of
Linux and open source technology, and is the webmaster for Connecticut Ancestry Society, Inc. and the Locke Family Association, Inc.

While the workshop is free to the public, please RSVP with the number of attendees to the Historical Collections Department at (203) 576-7417 or via email at