Friday, November 23, 2012
Friday, November 9, 2012
|2012 Atlanta Family History Expo Conference Participants Visiting Exhibit Tables|
The 2012 Atlanta Family History Expo began this afternoon at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, GA with registration at 1:00 PM and the opening keynote session at 2:00 PM by renowned author and speaker Robert S. Davis, M.Ed, MA. Early conference participants began the Expo by visiting the various exhibit tables in which they could talk to exhibitors, see genealogical product demonstrations, learn about useful services to aid them in their genealogy and family history quest, and thumb through books and other literature before making decisions on which one(s) to purchase.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
I had met most of the bloggers online prior to the conference, but it was even more exciting to meet them face-to-face. The Official Bloggers (also known as Bloggers of Honor) of the Family History Expo receive full registration benefits and have the following responsibilities:
- Pre-Conference: announce and promote the expo, sponsors, exhibitors, and activities, as well as share press releases.
- During Conference: share daily happenings at expo, share blogging tips with attendees, and highlight websites, tools, and discoveries made.
- After Conference: Summarize overall conference experience.
So as I prepare for the conference, I am also preparing for the blogging tasks by looking at new social media tools and new features in Twitter and Blogger. One of the new tools I’m looking at is called Storify which I found on the blog of fellow Blogger of Honor, Linda McCauley of Documenting the Details. Storify is a website that creates and preserves stories or timelines using social media, photos and videos and I like the way that Linda has used it to document the story of other genealogy conferences. Click here for a sample of how Linda used Storify at the 2012 Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference.
To others who have served as official bloggers at any genealogy conference, what other tools or tips do you have to share with the 2012 Atlanta Family History Expo Bloggers of Honor?
Monday, October 15, 2012
I am pleased that announce that I will be a Blogger of Honor at the 2012 Atlanta Family History Expos. I attended the 2010 conference and had a FANTASTIC time where I met numerous bloggers and genealogists whom I had gotten to know online prior to 2010.
I will also be conducting a workshop at this conference entitled “Thinking Out of the Box - Creating Things with Genealogy.”
(All Levels) Is genealogy only about who begat whom or would you consider thinking out of the box by creating a new way of researching and sharing your genealogical stories? In this workshop, participants will learn ways to be creative in sharing their genealogy research.Congratulations to the other Bloggers of Honor.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Thursday, August 9, 2012
I am pleased to announce a new historical production entitled: Flight to Freedom: The Fields Family and Freedom's Fortress, which will be held twice on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM at the historic Fort Monroe. This production will be a collaborative endeavor with myself and Ms. Ajena C. Rogers, a descendant of James A. Fields. Mr. Fields was a part of the first graduating class of Hampton Normal and Agricultural and Institute (now Hampton University) in 1871. We will present a dramatic interpretation of her family’s escape from slavery in Hanover County, VA to Fort Monroe during the Civil War. This production will include dramatic readings enhanced with us singing, multimedia PowerPoints, and video clips. The event is free to the public.
Friday, July 6, 2012
Thursday, July 5, 2012
"I'll wear this outfit on Saturday," I said to myself as I looked at the jacket. Minutes later I went into the restaurant to meet with three high school friends. One friend had moved away and she arrived to the restaurant a few minutes later with three bags containing individual gifts for the rest for us. As I peered into my bag, I stared in disbelief and told my fiends that prior to coming into the restaurant, I had just decided to wear an outfit with the same colors as the hat. After we finished our meals, we took pictures of me wearing the hat. Afterwards we went to my car and compared the hat with the outfit to be sure that that the colors matched. My friends all agreed that it was a perfect match.
"A hat sets off an outfit," my grandmother would say if she were alive. This hat indeed set off this outfit and I look forward to wearing the assemble again.
|Professor Dru on Pier at Crabshack Restaurant overlooking James River Bridge, Newport News, VA|
|Professor Dru at Crowns Program, Isle of Wight County, Museum, Smithfield, VA|
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Thanks to Thomas MacEntee and Heather Rojo for use of your hat photos.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Sunday Crowns Program Speech - Part 1 of 3
Sunday Crowns Program Speech - Part 2 of 3
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Thursday, March 1, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Hand church fans typically used in African American churches are on thick cardstock paper and a stick like the type a doctor uses as a tongue depressor. On the cardstock, there is typically a photo on the front and advertisement of a funeral home on the back.
Use of these hand fans conjures up a whole host of memories. During my childhood in the 1970s, many of the fans might have a photo of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. or of an African American family dressed in church attire which included at least the mother in the family photo wearing a hat. The family on the photo was usually a mother, father, with two children (a boy and girl). My church had air conditioning, but hand fans might be used during those in between seasons where it was not warm enough to turn on the air conditioning. Some of the rural churches within our church organization did not have air conditioning and during hot and humid summer Sundays, a sea of rapidly moving hand fans filled the sanctuary as the congregation struggled to be attentive to the service amidst the heat. Over time, the cardstock on these hand fans would become bent. During these times, parishioners would motion for the usher to give them a better fan. However, at times there were not enough hand fans to go around so you would either use the bent hand fan as best you could, the church program to fan yourself, or just use your hand. This was especially uncomfortable during those hot and humid non-air conditioned churches.
Church fans are also used by ushers to calm down its parishioners who “fall out” or “get happy” during services. In charismatic type churches, people are extremely lively and might express their joy in praising God by hand clapping and dancing. Some parishioners get so overcome in their expressions of praise to God that they “fall down on the floor in a trance-like state. Others might express their praise by crying, dancing, hollering, and/or speaking in tongues. It is common for ushers and other members of charismatic type churches to be seen surrounding a “God-Praiser” with someone waving a ‘church fan’ in the direction of the person who has fallen out on the floor or the one who might be seated or standing while praising God.
Thanks to B. J. Smothers and Art Thomas for use of your hat photos.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Revella Ephraim McDaniel born about 1878 in Union Church, Mississippi.
Courtesy of LindaRe of Between the Gate Posts Blog
LindaRe of Between the Gate Posts Blog has s long history of hat wearing women in her family and through her assortment of photos, you can see the changes in hat styles over time. Click here to view photos.
What types of hat wearing photos do you have in your family photo collection?
Monday, January 9, 2012
Sunday, January 8, 2012
If you are a hat wearing woman or the descendant of one, and are interested in sharing a photo or story to be used in my presentation, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The program will be held Saturday, February 18, 2012, 3 PM – 5 PM.