Monday, July 26, 2010

NARA: Life in the Past Lane VII, “Electronic Scrapbooking" & More

The Friends of the National Archives – Pittsfield, MA, will present its annual Full-Day Genealogy Conference, Life in the Past Lane VII, on Saturday, September 18, 2010, at the Williams Inn in Williamstown, MA. The day will include lectures by Jean Nudd, Leslie Albrecht-Huber, and Gregory Pomicter. The registration fee includes morning and afternoon refreshments, lunch, and a roundtable question and answer period hosted by a panel of experts. Vendors will be on hand to provide products of interest to genealogists. We will also have our popular free prize raffle. Complete program details and a printable registration form can be found at Call 413-236-3600 or email for further information or to receive a registration form by mail.
Janet M. Rogge, President
Friends of NARA
10 Conte Drive
Pittsfield, MA 01201

413-236-3600 (NARA)
8:00 AM Registration and browse the vendor booths; deposit tickets
9:00 AM for our free raffle (Coffee, tea, scones, muffins and danish)

9:00 AM Jan Rogge, Friends’ President
9:15 AM Welcome and conference information

9:15 AM Leslie Albrect Huber
10:15 AM “Get Organized! Take Control of Your Research Projects.”

Whether you’re spending a week at an archives or an afternoon at your computer, you can’t be effective without taking time to get organized – before, during, and after your research session.

10:45AM Gregory Pomicter
11:45 AM “Electronic Scrapbooking."

The lecture will demonstrate one way to collect, organize, and preserve family history documents and pictures in an electronic format. It also discusses the advantages and challenges in disseminating and preserving electronic media.

11:45 AM Luncheon – 3 choices, more details to come
1:00 PM

1:00 PM Leslie Albrect Huber
2:00 PM “Writing a Family History Your Family Will Want to Read.”

Tired of reading family histories that put you to sleep after one page? Learn some research and writing techniques that will make your family history a page-turner – without consigning it to the fiction section.

2:15 PM Jean Nudd, NARA Pittsfield
3:15 PM “Using” is digitizing a large number of NARA’s microfilm holdings; find out what’s available and how to utilize the site from home or at the National Archives.

3:30 PM Roundtable
4:30 PM Bring your questions and ask the experts or feel free to
browse the vendor booths.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Samuel Huntington’s Birthday Norwich, CT

July 25, 2010
Join the Norwich Historical Society for the 279th birthday of the first president of the Congress Assembled of the United States. The event begins on the Norwichtown Green and proceeds to historic Norwichtown Cemetery for the laying of the presidential wreath on the Huntington tomb. Please call the Historical Society for additional information at 860.886.1776. Event Begins @ 1:30

Friday, July 23, 2010

All the Comforts of Home: William Gillette’s 1890 Victorian Drawing Room Comedy

Live Theater at the East Haddam Historical Society & Museum and Gillette Castle State Park

Saturday and Sunday afternoons, July 24 through July 31, 2010

1:00pm outdoors at the park, 67 River Road. Free. Bring a blanket or chair if you'd like. 2:00pm indoors AC at the East Haddam Historical Society & Museum 264 Town Street Free with $5 admission to museum

This is the second summer season for the East Haddam Stage Company’s 30-minute production of William Gillette’s 1890 Victorian Drawing Room Comedy, All the Comforts of Home. Adapted and directed by EHSCO’s Artistic Director Kandie Carle.

All the Comforts of Home is a fast-paced comedy set in the London home of well-to-do
banker, Mr. Pettibone, played by Westbrook actor Don Shirer. The merriment begins when he intercepts a letter he thinks is intended for his wife, Rosabelle, played by Farmington actress Virginia Wolf.

Hilarious complications revolve around mistaken identities, miss-communication and one ne’er-do-well nephew, Alfred Hastings played by Hartford actor Kenneth Lundquist Jr. Love triangles, squares and circles ensue with the addition of New Britain actress Rayah Martin in not one or two, but THREE roles as fickle Alfred’s love interest. Throw innthe mysterious Mr. Smythe and you have a raucous good time!

Who gets whom in the end? And just where does Mr. Bender stand with Miss Fifi Oritanski? Come join in the fun and see for yourself!

This production is presented by the East Haddam Historical Society & Museum with funding support from the CT Humanities Council. For more information, please visit

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Blog for Connecticut Ancestor Connections: Historical and Genealogical Research: The Life and Times of Nathan Hale

Blog for Connecticut Ancestor Connections: Historical and Genealogical Research: The Life and Times of Nathan Hale

The Life and Times of Nathan Hale

Hale's Birthplace, Coventry. Lithograph, E.C. Kellogg

Join us for the Nathan Hale SymposiumThe Life and Times of Nathan Hale Saturday, August 7th, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Connecticut Landmarks will present a symposium on the life and times of Connecticut State Hero, Nathan Hale. Walter Woodward, Connecticut State Historian, will be the keynote speaker of the symposium which will include presentations by Richard E. Mooney, Kevin M. Sweeney and M. William Phelps. Bruce M. Stave will moderate a panel discussion. The event will conclude with a reception and special tour of the Nathan Hale Homestead, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and evokes a sense of Connecticut's legendary patriotic and agrarian heritage. The house, built in 1776, belonged to the parents and family of Nathan Hale and is located on the only site he ever called home.

Symposium Location
First Congregational Church of Coventry
1171 Main Street
Coventry, CT 06238

Tour and Reception
Nathan Hale Homestead
2299 South Street
Coventry, CT 06238

Call today for reservations! 860.247.8996 x 23
The registration fee is $50 each, or $40 for CTL members, which includes lunch.
Or, click here for a Symposium Brochure to mail in registration.

Details of Hale statue in bronze and Clay, Bela Lyon Pratt

9:30 am - Registration & Coffee
10:00 am - The Hon. Rob Simmons, Welcoming Remarks
10:15 am - Walter W. Woodward Lecture
10:45 am - Richard E. Mooney Lecture
11:15 am - M. William Phelps Lecture
11:45 am - Panel Discussion
12:30 pm - Lunch (included)
1:15 pm - Kevin M. Sweeney Lecture
2:00 pm - Travel to Hale Homestead
2:30 pm - 18th-Century Military & Farming Demonstrations, Tours & Reception
4:30 pm - Symposium Ends

The Lectures:
The Burning Issue About Nathan Hale
by Walter W. Woodward
The Connecticut State Historian will be the keynote speaker of the symposium. Woodward is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Connecticut and author of Prospero's America: John Winthrop, Jr., Alchemy, and the Creation of New England Culture, 1606-1676.

Nathan and Me: What I Learned from Nathan Hale
by Richard E. Mooney
Mooney is the former Executive Editor of the Hartford Courant, correspondent and member of the editorial board of the New York Times and curator of Nathan Hale: Yale, 1773, an exhibition commemorating the 250th anniversary of the hero's birth (

Hale, His Life & Legacy: Separating Fact From Fiction
by M. William Phelps
Phelps is an investigative journalist and author of the recent biography, Nathan Hale: The Life and Death of America's First Spy.

The Hales' Homestead: Material Life in Colonial Connecticut
by Kevin M. Sweeney
Sweeney is a Professor of American Studies and History at Amherst College and author of Captors And Captives: The 1704 French And Indian Raid on Deerfield.

Panel Moderator:
Bruce M. Stave is Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History and Director, Oral History, at the University of Connecticut. Stave is a resident of Coventry and author of Mills and Meadows: A Pictorial History of Northeast Connecticut.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Denison-Gallup wedding reenactment, Mystic, CT, August 21, 2010

August 21, 2010: Denison-Gallup wedding reenactment and Denison Society annual meeting. Denison-Gallup wedding reenactment of Mercy Gallup to William Denison and Denison Society Annual Meeting.

10 AM – Business meeting of Denison Society in DPNC building, Noon– Joint Gallup and Denison Societies catered lunch under a tent in our meadow or side lawn. Afternoon– Reenactment of Mercy Gallup marrying William Denison, Tours of Homestead, Reservations will be required to rent enough chairs, tent size, order food etc.

William and George were brothers and grandsons of Captain George. William married Mercy Gallup on May 10, 1710. George married Lucy Gallup on June 4, 1717. Mercy and Lucy were sisters. George built the Homestead as a gift for his new wife .

We are located at 120 Pequotsepos Road, Mystic, CT 06355.
Our mailing address is PO Box 42, Mystic, CT 06355.

From I-95, take Exit 90 (the Mystic Seaport and Aquarium exit). Turn north onto Route 27. Go 0.4 miles and turn right onto Jerry Browne Road. Continue 1 mile to the stop sign. Turn Right onto Pequotsepos Road. The museum is half a mile down the road, on the right-hand side. Watch for the brown signs pointing the way to the Denison Homestead.

Parking is available at either the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center lot across the road (on your left before you get to the Museum), or in a lot/field just beyond the Museum on the right.

PLEASE TAKE NOTE: If you are traveling from a distance and will need a hotel, motel, or B&B, you should make reservations well in advance since this area is one of the top ten tourist destinations in the nation. Reasonably priced rooms are at a premium. For information on places to stay in the area please contact the Mystic Chamber of Commerce either at their website or by calling (860) 576-9578.

Pittsfield, MA NARA: Ethnic Heritage Day, Sat., August 28, 2010

The Friends of the National Archives - Pittsfield and the National Archives Northeast Region at Pittsfield present Ethnic Heritage Day, Sat., August 28, 2010 from 9am-2pm.

We will have 5 of our ethnic experts on-hand for 15-minute consultations to help with that difficult to trace ancestor. The experts and ethnicities are: Michelle LeClair: French-Canadian; Peter Sisario: Italian; Lisa Dougherty: Irish; Elsie Saar: German and Alan Horbal: Polish. The Microfilm Reading Room will also be available for researchers' use during the day and volunteers will be available for assistance. Please visit our website to download the registration form and more information.

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

413-236-3600 (NARA)