John Beatty will be presenting "Beyond the Family Bible: Making the Most of Family Heirlooms and Artifacts in Genealogy Research" on Tuesday September 15, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. in the Globe Room of the Main Library. The program will discuss how to analyze a variety of inherited items - books, textiles, photographs, jewelry, paintings - and how they can aid in doing genealogical research. Often there are clues imbedded in such items that researchers can use to their advantage if they know where and how to look. The talk will also discuss a variety of printed sources for heirloom evaluation.

This lecture is part of “A Heritage of Needle Art,” sponsored by the Fort Wayne Area Embroiderer’s Guild, an exhibition that honors embroidery, in all its shapes and traditions, as a timeless and enduring expression of art. A sampling of historic needle art, on loan from the Embroiderers’ Guild of America’s Permanent Collection in Louisville KY, will be on display. Items selected for exhibition will represent a wide variety of embroidery techniques as well as cultural needle art traditions from all over the world. Highlighting the exhibit will be a 6' x 6' military insignia designed and embroidered by Master Sergeant Edward Kuhn in the early 1900. Kuhn used 800 skeins of silk and stitched the tapestry over a period of 14 years. The Exhibit Opening is on Friday, August 21 at 6:00pm in the Jeffrey R. Krull Gallery, Allen County Public Library, with a program on Sergeant Edward C Kuhn, Master Sergeant and Master Embroiderer, at 7:00 pm in the Globe Room, presented by Jeffrey Krull, retired Director of the Allen County Public Library and descendant of the creator of the exhibited Tapestry of the Insignia of the United States.