Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Upcoming Event : Webb Miller is There, September 24

The Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society (VBRGS) is pleased to present "Webb Miller Is There," a presentation by City of Dowagiac Museum Director, Steven Arseneau, Monday, September 24, 2012, 7 p.m. at the Webster Memorial Library in Decatur.

Webb Miller
Webb Miller, a native of Pokagon, Cass County, Michigan, was a noted United Press war correspondent who died in May 1940 during a London blackout.   He had been no stranger to danger in reporting as he had reported on events such as the Irish Sinn riots in 1917, the 1925 Riff riots in Morocco, and the Salt riots in India in 1930.  He's also been in attendance at such landmarks events at the coronation of King George VI and the marriage of the Duke of Windsor.

Steven Arseneau is a Wisconsin native who holds a BA in United States History from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and MA in Public History from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.   He moved to southwest Michigan in 1998 to become curator of history for the Museum at Southwestern Michigan College and director in 2005.   Arseneau has also authored and co-authored several books and articles on area history, including Identification and Dating of Round Oak Heating Stoves, 2nd and 3rd editions, Images of America: Dowagiac, and “Webb Miller Is There”, which appeared in the Michigan History Magazine in February 2011.      

After the Museum at SMC acquired a significant collection from the family of Webb Miller, the research into his life and times began in earnest and has resulted in an exhibit at the museum, the magazine article and this program.  

In his current position with the City of Dowagiac, Steve is overseeing the transition of the Museum at SMC from its campus location and oversight to a new facility in the city of Dowagiac.  Steve will be discussing the museum’s move slated to begin in the spring of 2013.
The evening will begin with a Family History Essentials mini-class at 6:00 p.m. entitled “A Case Study: Mysterious Martha,” presented by Christine Pond Northrup, local genealogist.  Christine will lead us through her efforts to find Martha, a woman with many last names.   
VBRGS programs are free and the public is invited to attend as guests of the society. For more information please contact Ann Flora at 269.684.1353, email questions to vbrgs@yahoo.com.
Nameless Picture of the Day
unidentified couple
Photographer - Huff, Decatur
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