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Preserving & Sharing Our Family Treasures

~ Denise May Levenick ~

July 29 & 30, 2016

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before midnight, Wednesday, July 27
$160 (members) | $190 (non-members) | Lunches & Library Parking Included

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Friday, July 29, 9:30 – 10:00
J. Erik Johsson Central Library | 1515 Young Street | Dallas, TX  75210

All day Friday and Saturday morning will feature six lectures offering tips, techniques, and best practices for preserving and sharing our family treasures. Learn about archiving, scanning, photo restoration, and estate planning – among other topics!

After lunch on Saturday, Denise will host the Heirloom Roadshow: Two sessions featuring keepsake submissions from members of the audience. We had to close the roadshow submissions to give Denise time to research each of them. She thinks we have an interesting mix of keepsakes to discuss. I think she’s right! See for yourself: Here’s a brief preview!


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Barbara Ware submitted a gourd with what her family believes to be gunpowder inside. They think it is Civil War era as their great grandfather fought with the 16th Mississippi CSA.

Barbara is curious to know the best method to find out if it is gun powder – without it being confiscated by police? She asks how and where should they store it?


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Bud Hopkins submitted this little booklet written and copyrighted by his maternal great grandmother, Ella Mary MATLOCK Van Osdel (1840-1925), and published by the Woman’s Temperance Publishing Association in Chicago in 1897. In addition to her writings, a photograph of a tintype of her mother Elizabeth B. JOHNSON Matlock (1818-1882) is included in the front, along with a sketch of her infant son “Willie” (about 1862-1862) probably drawn by her daughter Elizabeth VAN OSDEL Cowan (1863-1932), a portrait artist, and a poem entitled “Willie” written by her husband Charles Ruland Van Osdel (1840-1917).

Bud wants to know what he should  do to preserve this 119 year old keepsake for his children and grandchildren?


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Ken Johnston submitted his Dad’s leather jacket, acquired in the mid-50s. His Mom leans toward it being a jacket that  belonged to his Dad’s paternal uncle. The tag for the brand looks as though it was removed or torn out. The jacket has not been worn for many years, and has been hanging in the closet covered with a black plastic trash bag. The leather has dried out and is stiff, and there are some spots of mold and wear on it.

Ken would like to restore the jacket and intends to pass it along to another family member in years ahead. He’d like advice on maintaining it in a restored condition so that it does not become dried out and/or moldy.


Please join us at our Summer Seminar!

REGISTER ONLINE
before midnight, Wednesday, July 27
$160 (members) | $190 (non-members) | Lunches & Library Parking Included

REGISTER ON-SITE
Friday, July 29, 9:30 – 10:00
J. Erik Johsson Central Library | 1515 Young Street | Dallas, TX  75210

You Can’t Take It with You!

Preserving & Sharing Our Family Treasures

2016 DGS Summer Seminar – July 29 & 30, 2016

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Most of us have some family treasures we deem worthy of preservation. My mother saved many certificates and diplomas marking achievements and graduations in her life. Many of these documents were rolled and then bound by satin ribbons. Among the diplomas was her 1937 college diploma written in Latin on sheepskin and signed by her cousin, the college Dean. After Mom died Dad saved all of these documents, which I now have.

My father was an anti-hoarder, a possession minimalist. So, what he did keep might reflect what was most important to him: a hand-stitched, khaki green, cloth bag containing a crucifix and sown-on religious medals; a Teamster’s Union pin; a prayer folded to fit in the inside band of his cap. His personal treasures – left behind, never mentioned, now in my possession.

There was also a handful of objects in our home that came from my parents’ ancestors. Mom had her father’s wooden-handled hand drill and a doll someone brought home from a pre-WWII trip to Holland. Dad had a small variety of objects: his immigrant Irish grandfather’s shillelagh; a large framed studio photograph of his mother at age 13-16; a cup and saucer originating in some unclear fashion from his immigrant Scottish grandfather, who was a potter; and a pair of leather mittens lined with a soft fur that he brought home from his European tour in WWII.

I have my grandfather’s drill and one of my sisters has the Dutch doll. I know Dad gave his Mom’s photograph to his youngest sister and the cup and saucer to another of his daughters. I don’t know the whereabouts of the shillelagh or the mittens.

Lastly, one day in the 1970’s a trunk arrived from Dad’s recently deceased aunt, his mother’s sister. Among other objects, it contained a collection of costume jewelry and four matching bowls and plates. I have this pottery, which I discovered was made in the Mount Clemens pottery in Michigan where my Dad’s uncle worked. This uncle was also a potter and a brother of my Dad’s mother.

These few objects are the “stuff” of my parents that has remained, some of it with me and some not. I ask myself: What am I going to do with this stuff? Will any family members want it after I can no longer care for it?

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I have also accumulated many pictures and records documenting my family’s history. How best should I preserve them? How can I assure that my keepsakes and records pass on to a loving steward?

I expect Denise Levenick will have some answers for me and many others asking similar questions. I am very happy that she is coming to speak at the Dallas Genealogical Society’s summer seminar, July 29th and 30th.

I heard Denise speak at Rootstech 2014 in Salt Lake City. I was impressed by the range and depth of her knowledge about preservation. She brings sound archival practice within the reach of many of us. She understands the challenges we face. Her tips and techniques are practical and affordable. I think of her as the original “DIY Family Curator”.

Among the topics she will address, we are fortunate that she will be presenting “Estate Planning for Genealogists”, a topic debuting this July in Denise’s course, Family Archiving: Heirlooms in the Digital Age, at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). This timely presentation is just one reason to attend the Summer Seminar!

You Can’t Take it with You: Estate Planning for Genealogists” — Who will care for your family archive when you’re gone? This session will look at creative solutions for distributing family heirlooms when settling an estate, how to be an attractive donor to institutional archives, and how to prepare a simple genealogical codicil. We’ll also discuss options for preserving your family history stories and photos in legacy online digital archives.
– Denise May Levenick

I am also excited about the “Heirloom Roadshow” Denise will be hosting. People have already submitted interesting preservation challenges for the Roadshow. This interactive session should be a lot of fun! You can submit your heirloom to the Roadshow online.

If you have not already done so, I encourage you to register for Denise’s seminar!

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Early registration ends July 10th!


Preserving & Sharing Our Family Treasures

Friday – Saturday, July 29 – 30, 2016

10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

1st floor Auditorium | J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
1515 Young Street | Dallas Texas, 75201

Preserving Our “Stuff”

Join the Dallas Genealogy Society on July 29 & 30, 2016
Denise Levenick presents a 7-part program:
Preserving & Sharing Our Family History

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News came to us yesterday of the death on May 2, 2016 of Margaret Ann (Schmidt) Hudson (1943-2016). Margaret Ann was an avid genealogist who served the DGS over many years in several capacities, including president in 1983-1984. Her obituary states that “in her pursuit of family history and stories, she amassed a substantial collection of materials and documents.”1 Her son, Matthew Hudson, fondly noted that Margaret Ann gave books of genealogical charts to each of her children.

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Another son, James Hudson, reported in a Dallas Morning News blog that his grandfather and Margaret Ann’s father-in-law, Elmore Hudson, left a massive collection of photographs and negatives. Included in his collection were several 1936 photos capturing the construction and early days of Fair Park buildings in Dallas, Texas. Margaret Ann alerted James to the collection and the family subsequently preserved “each picture and negative in acid-free sleeves, numbered, [and] boxed.”2

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Denise May Levenick, our DGS Summer Seminar speaker, comments in her blog (The Family Curator) that “in every family, someone ends up with “the stuff”.”3 Margaret Ann Hudson organized and published her research findings and passed them on to her children in book form. Her children, in turn, preserved and shared their grandfather’s photography collection. These are two examples of  wonderful outcomes for any family historian!


All family history researchers have “stuff” –
usually, lots of stuff.


As in the case of Elmore Hudson’s photographic collection, some of our personal collections are well-organized and preserved using good archival practices. But the reality for many of us is that our stuff consists of a challenging array of physical and digital formats and is stored or stashed in every conceivable manner.

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We know our research records and family treasures are valuable and vulnerable. We want practical approaches to organization, preservation, and sharing that do not require advanced technical degrees and small fortunes to implement.

When Denise Levenick inherited her grandmother’s trunk filled with photos, documents, and family keepsakes, she set about adapting archival practices for the organization and preservation of these family treasures. She understands the challenges we face in organizing, preserving, sharing, and passing on our family records, keepsakes, and miscellaneous “stuff”. She feels our pain.


Denise Levenick | July 29 & 30, 2016
Preserving & Sharing Our Family History

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Denise’s 20 plus years of research and practice resulted in her blog, which contains practical tips, techniques, and DIY projects. She has also published two books: How to Archive Family Keepsakes and How to Archive Family Photos. 

Denise is a frequent contributor to family history magazines and online publications, and presenter for webinars and workshops. She is also a member of the 2016 faculty for the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh.


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1. “In memory of Margaret Ann Hudson,” Dignity Memorial, Memorial Funeral Chapel College Station, (http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Margaret-Hudson&lc=4540&pid=179864821&mid=6913451# : accessed 5 June 2016).

2. Wilonsky, Robert. “The story behind a stack of rarely seen photos of Fair Park under construction in 1936,” The Dallas Morning News, City Hall Blog, 3 June 2016 (http://cityhallblog.dallasnews.com/2016/06/the-story-behind-a-stack-of-rarely-seen-photos-of-fair-park-under-construction-in-1936.html/#more-56945 : accessed 5 June 2016), paras. 8 & 11.

3. Levenick, Denise May. “About Denise Levenick, The Family Curator,” The Family Curator, 2016 (http://thefamilycurator.com/ : accessed 5 June 2016), para. 1.

Want to attend Summer Seminar Free?

Bring a friend who ticket - byofis not a current member of the Dallas Genealogical Society to our monthly general meetings in February, March, April or May.  For each qualified friend* you bring, you will receive an entry for a drawing to be held at our special 60th Anniversary meeting in May. The winner of the drawing will receive one free admission (including lunch both days) to our July 29-30 Summer Seminar featuring Denise Levenick, the Family Curator!

 

*Entries will be restricted to DGS members who bring a guest who is not a current DGS member to a General Meeting in February, March, April or May 2016. You will receive one entry for each guest you bring and register.

DGS Summer Symposium “Researching in Texas” a Success

The Dallas Genealogical Society’s two-day Summer Symposium held August 7-8 was both instructional and fun. Featured speaker Teri E. Flack’s topics covered resources, sources, methodologies, and techniques for finding your Texas ancestors.

Complementing Teri’s sessions, Laurel Neuman from the State of Texas General Land Office, Jake Mangum from The Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries), Brenda McClurkin from the University of Texas at Arlington Library’s Special Collections, and Brian Collins from the Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division of the Dallas Public Library described the depth and breadth of materials related to Texas history and genealogy that are in their collections.

Lunchtime and hospitality breaks found attendees networking, sharing stories and tips, discovering family connections, and exchanging information.

The Genealogy and History Division of the Dallas Public Library remained open Friday evening, exclusively for Summer Symposium attendees to do family history research. Professional librarians from the Division, the Symposium program speakers and DGS volunteers offered one-on-one assistance.

A good time was had by all!

3 More Days to Save on Summer Symposium

Saturday, July 25 is the final day to register for the Early Bird pricing discount to attend our two-day 2015 Summer Symposium “Researching in Texas” to be held August 7 – 8. The discounted cost is $129.00 for DGS members and $149.00 for non-members

Noted genealogist Teri Flack is our featured speaker.

This event of eight presentations focuses on resources, sources, methodologies, and techniques for finding your Texas ancestors. Teri’s lectures will cover researching the Republic of Texas, Civil War, and Reconstruction periods, as well as using manuscript collections. Representatives from the State of Texas General Land Office, The Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries), the University of Texas at Arlington Library’s Special Collections, and the Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division of the Dallas Public Library will describe the depth and breadth of materials related to Texas history and genealogy that are in their collections.

 

Program details and registration instructions are on the DGS web site.

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Discount Pricing Extended for DGS 2015 Summer Symposium

DGS wants to make this excellent program more affordable to as many genealogists as possible so we are extending the date to sign up for a reduced registration rate to Saturday, July 25. Save $20 – $40.

Researching in Texas, August 7-8, 2015 is a 2-day program of eight presentations that focus on resources, sources, methodologies, and techniques for finding your Texas ancestors. Our featured speaker is Teri Flack. Her lectures will cover researching the Republic of Texas, Civil War, and Reconstruction periods, as well as using manuscript collections. Additional speakers from the State of Texas General Land Office, The Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries), the University of Texas at Arlington Library’s Special Collections, and the Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division of the Dallas Public Library will describe the depth and breadth of materials related to Texas history and genealogy that are in their collections.

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“Late Night at the Library” is a free, bonus event. The Genealogy Division of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library will remain open on Friday evening, August 7, from 5-10 pm, exclusively for Summer Symposium attendees. Professional librarians from the Division and DGS volunteers will be available to offer assistance.

Program details and registration instructions are available on our web site.

We look forward to meeting you.