It is only 37 days until the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference – Pathways to the Heartland begins on September 7th and that means it is time to start making some decisions about sessions and activities. There will be something going on almost constantly beginning at 8:00 a.m. every day and running into the evening.
Let’s start with special events. All four of these are on my schedule.
Wednesday (6:00 – 8:00 P.M.)
An Old Fashioned Prairie Social is sponsored by FamilySearch and presented by the Illinois State Genealogical Society. Tickets are $8. President and Mrs. Lincoln will be there and anyone with Civil War era clothing is encouraged to come dressed for the evening’s theme.
Thursday (6:00 – 8:00 P.M.)
The Exhibit Hall will have extended hours for the Society Showcase. It’s a great chance to find out more about societies, visit exhibitors without missing a session, hang out with old and new friends and maybe even win a door prize. (Don’t forget to register for the door prizes throughout the Exhibit Hall between the grand opening and the beginning of the drawings.)
Friday (6:30 – 9:00 P.M.)
The FGS 35th Anniversary Celebration includes cash bar reception, dinner, special presentations and 5 tickets for the Grand Prize drawing (a week in Salt Lake City including airfare, accommodations and other items sponsored by FamilySearch). Tickets are $39. The program will feature Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer.
Sunday (10:00 A.M. – Noon)
The final event of FGS 2011 will be a buffet style Farewell Brunch at the Hilton. Tickets are $16. I was happy to see this event on the schedule. Since I only have a four hour drive on Sunday, I’m in no big hurry to leave town. (I’m working in a few days of research on the way home.)
Are you attending any of these events? It’s not too late to add them even if you already registered for the conference. Just sign in using your e-mail address and the PIN that was assigned when you registered.by