Historical Societies: News and Highlights

Historical Societies: News and Highlights presents news and information about Pennsylvania's regional and county historical societies.

Genealogy Seminar Series

A Genealogy Seminar Series, to in­clude three separate sessions, will be presented at Penn State/Capitol Cam­pus in Middletown throughout the fall. Sponsored by the Capitol Campus Humanities Division as a continuing education service, the seminars will be presented by John W. Heisey, a pro­fessional genealogist, writer and lec­turer. Formerly director of research and librarian at the Historical Society of York County, Mr. Heisey is the author of several books and currently writes a genealogy column for the Tri­-State Trader. In addition, he teaches numerous courses on genealogy and allied subjects at various schools and institutions in central Pennsylvania.

“Basic Genealogy,” scheduled for September 26 [1981], is the first seminar to be offered and will explore the many sources and records available for re­search. The program is designed for beginners as well as for those who have done some genealogical work. October 17 [1981] is the date set for “They Came From Europe,” which will focus on the life and times of people in western Europe from 1525 until 1775. This second seminar will be of partic­ular interest to those with ancestors from Europe who desire to know how their descendants may have lived be­fore coming to America. The final pro­gram will be conducted on November 14 [1981] and will provide one-to-one consul­tation on individual genealogical problems. “Genealogical Consultation” is intended to assist researchers who have encountered problems in their searches and need assistance on where and how to find answers and solutions.

The seminars will be presented from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. in the Continuing Education Conference Room #2, Multi-Purpose Building, Capitol Campus, Pennsylvania State University, Middletown. The fee of $40 per seminar covers instruction materials, coffee breaks and lunch. Advanced registration is necessary. For further information on the series and how to register, write Penn State/Capi­tol Campus, Continuing Education, Middletown 17057, or call (717) 948-6275.


Historical Society Notes

Three workshops will be held this fall throughout the Commonwealth with the support of the Pennsylvania Federation of Historical Societies. September 25 [1981] is the date set for the first program, cosponsored by the Erie County Historical Society and the Center for Local History, Edinboro State College. The conference, to be held at Edinboro State College, will focus on Community History. The second workshop, scheduled for Octo­ber 24 [1981] and dedicated to the theme of Historic Preservation, will be hosted by the Berks County Historical Society in Reading. The final conference will be presented in Jersey Shore on No­vember 7 [1981], cosponsored by the North Central Pennsylvania Historical Asso­ciation. Although the exact location is yet to be determined, the program has been completed and will concen­trate on Regional History, emphasizing the history of the north central por­tion of the state.

For further information concerning any or all of these conferences, please contact the sponsoring/hosting organi­zation or the Pennsylvania Federation of Historical Societies, Box 1026, Harrisburg 17120.

During this period of budget cuts and inflation, it becomes even more critical than ever that local, regional and state historical organizations dis­cover new and effective fund-raising techniques to support their efforts. Without finding new avenues of sup­port, many of the valuable programs and services offered by these groups are in danger of being eliminated. In the face of these financial woes, many organizations have developed creative approaches to fund raising which have proven quite successful. It is hoped that future issues of Pennsylvania Heri­tage can publish some of these effec­tive fund-raising plans to assist all those who are involved in preserving our historical and cultural heritage. In order to do so, we ask that those read­ers who care to share their thoughts with others on successful fund-raising techniques send them to Pennsylvania Heritage, PHMC, Box 1026, Harrisburg 17120, or call (717) 783-9869.