The U.S. National Archives held a Virtual Genealogy Fair on October 21 & 22. Presenters included Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero, Executive for Research Services William A. Mayer, and a number of other genealogy experts from National Archives locations across the nation. The presentations focused on tips and techniques for using Federal records at the National Archives for genealogy research.
The lectures are now available on YouTube. The first day’s presentations are available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-rDaFVYJhU while Day 2 may be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4o3_Ox_cUY.
You can also download copies of the slides and the presentation handouts at https://www.archives.gov/calendar/genealogy-fair/2015/schedule-handouts.html.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Silk Scarf Painting
On Wednesday, December 9th the Local History Room presented the historic craft of painting on silk scarves given by Vivien Pollock. Silk painting is creating art on fabric with silk as the canvas. Silk painting can be traced back to the 2nd century AD in India when the 'wax resist' technique for embellishing silk was used. Silk painting in India reached its pinnacle of popularity during Moghul rule in the 17 - 19th centuries.
Celebrating the Holidays with the Dutch!
On Wednesday, December 2nd the Local History Room celebrated the holidays as the Dutch due in the Netherlands. Participants assisted with making dough for the Letterbanket cookies and they took home paper shoes filled with Dutch goodies.