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“Days of Rage & Sorrow: The Jenny Bowman Riots”
Tuesday, February 9
“Days of Rage & Sorrow: The Jenny Bowman Riots”  (Program)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Zoom Presentation at home on your computer.
Presented by James Prichard
On the morning of April 27, 1887 Jennie Bowman, a domestic servant who worked in Old Louisville, was brutally assaulted by burglars. The young white woman lived long enough to identify her attackers as two African-American men. Within hours the police had two suspects confined in jail.   The stage was set for a potential double lynching on the nights of April 27-29, a huge mob, at one point estimated to number 10,000, besieged the jail in an attempt to seize the prisoners.
This talk, both a Victorian true crime story and a glimpse of 19th century racial justice reveals how Louisville escaped the shame of lynch law during an era of increasing racial tension.
James Prichard is a Manuscript Cataloger at The Filson Historical Society. He received his B.A. and M.A. from Wright State University. He is the author of Embattled Capital: Frankfort, Kentucky in the Civil War.
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A New Look at Genealogy Center Resources (Genealogy Workshop)
Tuesday, February 23
A New Look at Genealogy Center Resources (Genealogy Workshop)  (Program)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
At Your Home on Your Computer
Presented by:Curt Witcher
"A New Look at Genealogy Center Resources" includes an update on the new Genealogy Center website, new items available since mid-2019, what is available through their partnership with FamilySearch, and what steps the Genealogy Center has taken to keep staff and visitors safe during these times. The Genealogy Center is part of the Special Collections of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Curt Witcher has a degree from Indiana University in Library and Information Science.  He was a board member for the Indiana Genealogical Society from 2010-2017 and has worked at the Allen County Public library since 1987 and is presently the Director of Special Collections and Genealogy Center Manager.
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“Early Kentucky Women”
Tuesday, March 9
“Early Kentucky Women”  (Program)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Zoom Presentation at home on your computer.
Presented by Tom Stephens
“Early Kentucky Women,” explores the pioneer period, and how women coped with the hardships involved in carving homes out of the wilderness, from traveling to Kentucky, to survival methods, to persevering through hardship. Stories include: 1. the celebrated “Women of Bryan Station” of 1782, who gathered water outside the stockade near the newly established Lexington despite their knowledge of an imminent attack; 2. Mrs. John Merrill of Nelson County, who successfully defended her home against a Shawnee hunting party in 1787, earning the name “Long Knife Squaw” in the process; and 3. Margaret “Peggy” Chenoweth, who, despite being tomahawked and scalped in Middletown in 1789, not only lived 36 more years, but bore two children after the attack. Also included are some genealogical insights into frontier-era genealogy, and the difficulty with surnames.
Thomas E. Stephens has been a researcher and published writer for more than three decades, most often on Kentucky subjects. He served as editor of Kentucky Ancestors, genealogical quarterly of the Kentucky Historical Society, from 1995 to 2007. He is the author of three books: First Cats: Amazing Origins of the UK Sports Tradition (which won the Historical Confederation of Kentucky’s 2005 History Award); True Bluegrass Stories: History from the Heart of Kentucky; and Civil War Game-Changers: Kentucky and Kentuckians in America's Bloodiest Conflict. He has also served as an editor and columnist for The New Voice and Elizabethtown News-Enterprise newspapers and Kentucky Monthly magazine.
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Finding Your Virginia Roots at the Library of Virginia
Tuesday, March 23
Finding Your Virginia Roots at the Library of Virginia  (Workshop)
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Zoom At Your Home on Your Computer
Presented by:Ashley Ramey
Join LGS and Ashley Ramey, Community Outreach Specialist for the Library of Virginia  to discover what online collections the Library of Virginia has to help genealogist find Virginia ancestors? 
Ashley Ramey is the Community Outreach Specialist for the Library of Virginia, where she coordinates the genealogy workshop series, genealogical programs, and community outreach for the Library. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor's degree in History and a Master's degree in History with a concentration on early/colonial Virginia and the United States, African & Indigenous Peoples Slavery, and 19th and 20th Century race relations in Virginia. Prior to work at the Library of Virginia, she was the Site Coordinator at Preservation Virginia's John Marshall House in Downtown Richmond, Virginia."
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“The Parklands of Floyds Fork”
Tuesday, April 13
“The Parklands of Floyds Fork”  (Program)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Zoom Presentation at home on your computer.
Presented by Bob Hill  
The Parklands of Floyds Fork is a world-class public recreation area. The project encompasses four dramatic parks with interconnecting roads and waterways. It was created to provide almost limitless recreational and educational opportunities including biking, hiking, fishing, picnicking, canoeing, nature ventures, a playground, sports fields, a nature center and an educational facility.
The land was settled by early colonists who dared to claim property and establish homes in the wild forests which lay west of the Appalachian Mountains. Before the Parklands project, some of the land was still occupied by their descendants. Challenged by regional leaders, hundreds joined in the dream, the planning, the acquisition and the other work required to create what David Jones called an extension of the accomplishments of Frederick Olmsted by “establishing something meaningful for the next 100 years.”  Bob Hill will discuss some of the people who originally settled in this area and how the Parklands dream developed.
Bob Hill worked for 33 years as a columnist with the Louisville Times and the Courier Journal. During that time he published over 4,000 columns and hundreds of feature stories. While writing was his career, his other passion centered on the eight acres and 150-year-old farm house that he and his wife, Janet, acquired more than 40 years ago. Together they have created an impressive nursery and sculpture garden called Hidden Hill. Bob continues to be involved with several literary and botanical groups. He currently serves on the committee designing and developing the Louisville Waterfront Botanical Gardens. 
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Exploring Pennsylvania's State Archives and State Library
Tuesday, April 27
Exploring Pennsylvania's State Archives and State Library  (Workshop)
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Zoom Presentation at home on your computer.

Presented by:James M. Beidler

 The Pennsylvania State Archives and State Library of Pennsylvania are well worth a researcher’s attention – catalogs and some records can be accessed online, and a research trip can be worthwhile with advance planning.

 James M. Beidler

He is the author of The Family Tree Historical Newspapers Guide and The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide as well as writes Roots & Branches, an award-winning weekly newspaper column on genealogy. He is also a columnist for German Life magazine and is editor of Der Kurier, the quarterly journal of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society. He is also an editor at Legacy Tree Genealogists, Inc


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Orphan Trains: A Genealogical Challenge Posponed until 2021
Monday, November 8
Orphan Trains: A Genealogical Challenge Posponed until 2021  (Program)
1:00 pm
At Your Home on Your Computer
Zoom Meeting
Presented  by:  Mel Arnold
In 1824 a young ministerial student, Charles Loring Brace, arrived in New York after studying theology at Yale. He quickly became appalled at the number of homeless youth roaming the streets, many securing their daily needs by criminal activity. He soon called a gathering that involved many rich and renowned citizens of the city. He proposed the creation of an organization to care for and educate these homeless young people.  However, the numbers were mind staggering; estimated by social workers in 1824 to be between 10,000 and 12,000. His new organization, Children’s Aid Society, did much good but it became apparent very early that CAS could not make the significant impact needed. A questionable solution was developed; send them out to the godly people of the Midwest who would provide decent homes away from the evil influences of the city. Thus the movement which came to be known as “Orphan Trains” was born. A huge unanticipated result was the overwhelming genealogical conundrum created for hundreds of future family researchers.
Mel Arnold is a native of Alabama who graduated from Samford University (Birmingham) and then earned a theology degree at Southern Seminary in Louisville. He obtained graduate degrees from Indiana University and served on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin followed by an Associate Professor position at the University of Minnesota. Mel returned to Louisville in 1983 to be director of education for Humana, supervising four educational teams, each independently focused on hospital training, immediate-care center operation (MedFirst), hospital computer systems and a start-up insurance business. After Humana changed its business plan to focus solely on the insurance industry, Mel became the Director of Education and Training for Louisville Gas and Electric which grew from a county-focused utility company to number 364 on the Forbes Top 500 Business List before being purchased by an European firm. In retirement mode, he has focused on researching his family’s history and has developed a dedicated interest in writing on topics dealing with genealogy and Kentucky history.
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