I arrived on Wednesday afternoon for the social hour at MOSH (Museum of Springfield History). I had fun seeing the collection of Indian motorcycles on display here. My grandfather Stanley Allen rode an Indian bike from Hamilton, Massachusetts to Florida in his youth (circa early 1920s) before Route 1 existed, or many paved roads. There were many other items manufactured in Springfield on display. The archives for the city are located here, open late each night during the conference.
Thursday morning, during a break mid day, ten descendants of one of Springfield's founding fathers, Deacon Samuel Chapin met at his statue a few blocks from the NERGC conference center. This was arranged by conference co-chair Dave Robison, who was one of the descendants. You might recognize some of these descendants!
|"The Puritan" by Augustus St. Gaudens|
On Thursday there was an opening session with a speech by the Springfield mayor, and the greatly anticipated keynote address by Mary Tedesco. We attended the Massachusetts Genealogical Council luncheon with a humorous talk by Thomas MacEntee on our ancestors and privacy. This was followed by a workshop on colonial and antique handwriting by Ed Strickland. This was a great hands-on workshop I would recommend to any family historian. We ended the long day with a blogger special interest group Wednesday night.
Today we started bright and early. Vincent attended sessions on Brick Walls with Marian Pierre-Lewis, New Hampshire archives with Diane Gravel. I went to Mary Tedesco's Italian Workshop. It's great to have the option to register for these intensive workshops. Mary's could have been an all day workshop in my opinion- I really would have liked to learn more.
We took a break for lunch outside of the conference center, and returned in time to peruse the vendor hall and pick up some special deals on books, and a family tree chart from Janet Hvorka's Famiky Chartmasters company. She just took her first trip to New Hampshire before NERGC. Next was a session by Carol McCoy on Maine Records. Don't miss Carol if you ever have the chance- she made this topic very entertaining.
Tonight we have the pleasure of hearing Kenyatta Berry, from PBSs Genealogy Roadshow, speak at the dinner. I have sore feet but a happy heart to be here at this fascinating conference. I have heard nothing but praise from attendees. We are all having a great time. More tomorrow....
Via iPad from the blogger area in the media center at NERGC 2017
Heather Wilkinson Rojo, posted April 28, 2017