Call for Papers: Black New England Conference 2010

From my friends at the New England Chapter of AAHGS:

Black New England Conference 2010
The Politics of Race: Movements, Protests, Leaders, and Representation
The 2010 conference will cover the history of cultural, social, and political movements in New England from the 1700s to the present. As the word ‘representation’ indicates, the conference will include presentations on the politics concerning and the forms of representing such events and people of African descent in New England.
For Information Please Contact
Center for New England Culture
Huddleston Hall/73 Main St/ Durham, NH 03824
Phone: 603-862-0693
Thursday, October 14th 2010 – Saturday, October 16th 2010

International Black Genealogy Summit

The Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana will be the site of the International Black Genealogy Summit from October 29-31, 2009.  For the first time in history, all of the black genealogical societies in the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean will come together to host a joint conference on researching and writing family history.

You are invited to explore your own family’s history during this momentous event.  The conference features genealogy workshops, hands-on trainings, DNA research and much more.

To register or for more information go to their website at

CSI: Collecting, Selecting, Identifying Your Ancestors

The Alabama Genealogical Society’s fall seminar, CSI:  Collecting, Selecting, Identifying Your Ancestors, will be held at the Alabama Department of Archives and History in Montgomery, Alabama.

J. Mark Lowe, professional genealogist, author, and lecturer will present Researching on the Internet, Land Barons or Dirt Farmers, and Finding Your Landless Ancestors.  For registration information see their website at:

National Preservation Conference 2009

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is holding its annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee on October 13 through the 17, 2009.  The conference will feature about 100 educational and field sessions, special lectures and networking opportunities.

For the latest details and registration information visit their website at

AAGHSC Chicago Presents 27th Annual Family History Conference

The Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Chicago (AAGHSC) presents its 27th Annual Family History Conference October 9-10, 2009.  This is the 30th anniversary of the AAGHSC.  The conference will feature workshops and opportunities to network with authors regarding their historical and genealogical writings.

For more informtion go to their website at

Boston’s “Freedom’s Trial” Tour Focuses on 19th Century African American Community

I’m a little bit late reporting on this one due to a vacation absence but if you are going to be in Boston for the Fourth of July festivities, the African American National Historic Site [(617) 742-5415] is holding three 90 minute walking tours of significant black historical sites in Boston.  The tour begins at Faneuil Hall and through downtown Boston and Beacon Hill.  Topics include “…education, suffrage, and religious worship.  Stops include the site of abolitionist Prince Hall’s Freemason lodge for blacks and the spot where William Lloyd Garrison gave a resounding anti-slavery speech.” 

There are only two times remaining for this specialized tour (the third was June 30th):  July 2nd and July 4th.  Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 617-742-5415.  Both tours start at 11a.m.  They are led by Horace Seldon who taught for 26 years at Boston College on the history of racism in the United States. 


Free Family Festival to be Held at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, is sponsoring a Freedom Family Fest on Saturday, July 26, 2008 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.   Admission is free for this day-long festival featuring tours of the museum, live musical entertainment, children’s activities, and food from around the city.  See the website for details or call 877-648-4838. 

If you are unable to make it in July, the museum will be featuring a new exhibit from October 17, 2008 — January 11, 2009 called  Lincoln:  The Constitution and the Civil War.  The exhibit addresses the three major constitutional crises of his presidency:  secession, slavery and emancipation, and civil liberties during wartime.  The exhibit was created by the National Constitution Center.  Call 513-333-7557 for more information.

The John Parker Library at the Freedom Center also offers free family history research tools including alll U.S. Censuses from 1790-1930, Social Security Death Index, Ellis Island, surname databases, and state and county records.  Call 513-333-7654 or see the website at  An appointment is needed to access the library.