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Seasonal Program Ideas - FGS Wiki

Seasonal Program Ideas


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=Ten Seasonal Program Ideas=
 
=Ten Seasonal Program Ideas=
  
by [[Luebking, Sandra Hargreaves|Sandra Hargreaves Luebking]]
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  ==Introduction==
   
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==Introduction==
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General membership meetings provide an opportunity for societies to inform, entertain, and motivate members while attracting new members from those who are first-time visitors.  
 
General membership meetings provide an opportunity for societies to inform, entertain, and motivate members while attracting new members from those who are first-time visitors.  
  
Most societies find the business portion of the meeting is best concluded prior to scheduled activities or program. The business meeting should be kept to a strict minimum and attention should be paid to allowing enough time for the program portion of the meeting. If necessary, a business meeting can be interrupted for the  
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Most societies find the business portion of the meeting is best concluded prior to scheduled activities or program. The business meeting should be kept to a strict minimum and attention should be paid to allowing enough time for the program portion of the meeting. If necessary, a business meeting can be interrupted for the duration of the program and resumed at a later time or date.
duration of the program and resumed at a later time or date.
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==Spring Ideas==  
 
==Spring Ideas==  
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==Summer Ideas==
 
==Summer Ideas==
  
Turn program time into project time. Or just use  
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Turn program time into project time. Or just use this season as an opportunity for members to unwind and exchange information.  
this season as an opportunity for members to  
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unwind and exchange information.  
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===Idea #5: Cemetery Picnic===
 
===Idea #5: Cemetery Picnic===
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===Idea #7: Preserving Fragile Documents===
 
===Idea #7: Preserving Fragile Documents===
  
Invite an archivist or an  
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Invite an archivist or an individual who sells preservation materials to speak. This individual does not have to be a genealogist. Ask the individual to discuss preserving several different types of paper, documents, photographs etc. Your group may have a type of document in which they are particularly interested, such as newspapers. If the speaker is given this information before the talk, the focus will be more specific and thus more helpful.  
individual who sells preservation materials to speak. This individual does not have to be a genealogist. Ask the individual to discuss preserving several different types of paper, documents, photographs etc. Your group may have a type of document in which they are particularly interested, such as newspapers. If the speaker is given this information before the talk, the focus will be more specific and thus more helpful.  
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==Fall Ideas==
 
==Fall Ideas==
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===Idea #14: Locating and Using Research Repositories Within A Day's Drive===
 
===Idea #14: Locating and Using Research Repositories Within A Day's Drive===
  
Summer is the time for  
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Summer is the time for traveling — both near and far. It is amazing how many genealogists restrict themselves to research in their local library and do not venture even 50 or 100 miles from home. Often this is because they are intimidated about using a new and unfamiliar repository. This fear can be alleviated by discussing some of the basics of using the state library or archives. The program can detail not only the sources which are available, but even more important for the timid researcher, the best route to take, the parking facilities, restaurants or food dispensaries, open or closed shelves for research, photocopying mechanics, helpful and accessible staff members and other basic concerns of the audience. If the members know what to expect before the trip, they will feel more comfortable venturing out. It may be possible for a more experienced member to accompany the novices for a field trip. These trips can provide rewards for everyone involved.  
traveling — both near and far. It is amazing how many genealogists restrict themselves to research in their local library and do not venture even 50 or 100 miles from home. Often this is because they are intimidated about using a new and unfamiliar repository. This fear can be alleviated by discussing some of the basics of using the state library or archives. The program can detail not only the sources which are available, but even more important for the timid researcher, the best route to take, the parking facilities, restaurants or food dispensaries, open or closed shelves for research, photocopying mechanics, helpful and accessible staff members and other basic concerns of the audience. If the members know what to expect before the trip, they will feel more comfortable venturing out. It may be possible for a more experienced member to accompany the novices for a field trip. These trips can provide rewards for everyone involved.  
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===Idea #15: Plat Maps===
 
===Idea #15: Plat Maps===
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===Idea #16: Religion and Family===
 
===Idea #16: Religion and Family===
  
America's history is replete with the rise and fall of various church denominations, branches, sects, and persuasions. Although lectures which discuss the record keeping methods of various denominations such as Quakers, Presbyterians, and Roman Catholics, are helpful, they are not all the genealogist needs to know. Knowing the tenets of an ancestors's faith may be more helpful to understanding him than learning the date of his baptism. Learning about “the New Lights,” the “Great Awakening” and various waves of missionary and evangelistic fervor may help the genealogist understand why an ancestor migrated as he did, behaved the way he did and raised his children the way he did. This topic has the potential for several excellent programs and will interest those researchers eager to add “meat to the bones” of their ancestor's lives.  
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America's history is replete with the rise and fall of various church denominations, branches, sects, and persuasions. Although lectures which discuss the record keeping methods of various denominations such as Quakers, Presbyterians, and Roman Catholics, are helpful, they are not all the genealogist needs to know. Knowing the tenets of an ancestor's faith may be more helpful to understanding him than learning the date of his baptism. Learning about “the New Lights,” the “Great Awakening” and various waves of missionary and evangelistic fervor may help the genealogist understand why an ancestor migrated as he did, behaved the way he did and raised his children the way he did. This topic has the potential for several excellent programs and will interest those researchers eager to add “meat to the bones” of their ancestor's lives.  
  
 
===Idea #17: No Question Is Too Dumb To Ask===
 
===Idea #17: No Question Is Too Dumb To Ask===
  
Arrange a panel of the more  
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Arrange a panel of the more experienced researchers in the society. They will be available to TRY to answer questions from the audience. Too often genealogists do not adequately use the knowledgeable resources in their own community. There are reasons for this. None of us want to appear stupid, we may not know the “right” questions to ask, or we may not even know what it is that we don't know. In preparation for this panel, the leader should have some “plants” in the audience who will start the ball rolling with good, general, appropriate questions. This will encourage others to participate and will model the most helpful type of questions.  
experienced researchers in the society. They will be available to TRY to answer questions from the audience. Too often genealogists do not adequately use the knowledgeable resources in their own community. There are reasons for this. None of us want to appear stupid, we may not know the “right” questions to ask, or we may not even know what it is that we don't know. In preparation for this panel, the leader should have some “plants” in the audience who will start the ball rolling with good, general, appropriate questions. This will encourage others to participate and will model the most helpful type of questions.  
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Incidentally, the panel should be encouraged to admit when they don't know the answer. No expert knows it all. However, the question asked should not be ignored. Encourage someone to research the question and return to the group with an answer. Beginning genealogists will soon discover that even the experts must learn how to locate the information they need rather than be able to retain everything in memory.  
 
Incidentally, the panel should be encouraged to admit when they don't know the answer. No expert knows it all. However, the question asked should not be ignored. Encourage someone to research the question and return to the group with an answer. Beginning genealogists will soon discover that even the experts must learn how to locate the information they need rather than be able to retain everything in memory.  
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Ask members to choose an individual or family and request they make a short presentation. When did the family come to this country? Why? Where did they come from? Do you know what port they left and where they arrived? Where did they settle? Why? Did other family members come? How can one locate the answers to these research questions?
 
Ask members to choose an individual or family and request they make a short presentation. When did the family come to this country? Why? Where did they come from? Do you know what port they left and where they arrived? Where did they settle? Why? Did other family members come? How can one locate the answers to these research questions?
 
  
 
==Winter ideas==
 
==Winter ideas==

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