by Dawne

Excitement is building at The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library about the upcoming Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference! Since the bulk of the conference sessions will be held just across the street at the Grand Wayne Convention Center, the conference will impact The Genealogy Center in a number of ways:

  • Librarians’ Day, a day featuring sessions especially for librarians who serve genealogists, will be Tuesday, August 20, with all sessions and the luncheon at the library.
  • Final space planning is not yet complete, but at least some Conference workshops and sessions will take place in library meeting rooms and the beautiful auditorium.
  • The Genealogy Center will have extended hours for research, including 9 a.m. to midnight Wednesday, August 21; 7 a.m.-midnight Thursday and Friday, August 22 and 23; and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, August 24.
  • Volunteers will be “swarming” The Genealogy Center, eager to help you navigate the physical space, locate items, use the equipment and brainstorm next-steps for your research.
  • Friday night’s local host event will be a fabulous evening at the library. The Genealogy Center will have extended hours until midnight, and in addition, there will be a War of 1812 educational session and the awarding of the heirloom War of 1812 quilt, a light dessert buffet sponsored by FamilySearch, and Civil War-era ballroom dancing (audience participation!) in the Great Hall. This is not to be missed! Everyone must have a ticket to attend and admission is only $10, but you may donate MORE if you wish – proceeds go to the Preserve the Pensions fund.
Fort Wayne and The Genealogy Center love it when FGS Conferences come to town! If you have never been to The Genealogy Center, this would be a great time for your inaugural visit!