Monday, August 13, 2012

Upcoming Event : Tracing House History, Robert Myers, August 27

Do you know the "genealogy" of your house?  Would you like to learn more about an ancestral home?  Tracking the history of a building can be challenging, but doable if you become familiar with the procedure and the range of records essential to your search.

To help illustrate some of the ways to best research the background of a structure, the Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society (VBRGS) is pleased to host a presentation by Robert C. Myers entitled "My Old House : Tracing the History of Your House," Monday, August 27, 2012, 7 p.m. at the Webster Memorial Library, Decatur, Michigan.

Several years ago Bob and his wife purchased a historical house near the Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph, Michigan.  Eager to learn everything about their home, they went in search of its history.  Who had built the house?  Who had lived there before them?  Had the house or its inhabitants played a significant role in the development of St. Joseph?  Bob will share his discoveries and guide you in tracing the history of your home.

Robert Myers
Robert Myers has served as Curator of the Berrien County Historical Association in Berrien Springs, Michigan, for more than 20 years. He received a B.A. in History from Alma College and his M.A. in History from Western Michigan University.  He is an actor, has authored many historical books on Berrien County, Michigan, published articles in Michigan History Magazine and Michigan Review, and is a favorite speaker in and around Berrien County.  With his Living History Outreach Programs, he takes the museum to the classroom many times wearing period dress.  

Prior to this presentation, at 6 p.m., Bob will lead a Family History Essentials mini-class showcasing the collection found at the Berrien County Historical Association Archive housed at The History Center at Courthouse Square, 313 N. Cass St., Berrien Springs, Michigan.

The programs are free and the public is invited to attend as guests of VBRGS. For more information please contact the society.

Nameless Picture of the Day 
 unknown young ladies
Photographer - Bigelow, Dowagiac
 Can you identify the young women in this carte-de-visite that measures only 1 3/4 x 3 inches?  Do you have knowledge of the photographer?  Please contact us if you have any information and we will publish it in a future blog.  Please include the photo's catalog number with your e-mail.