Saturday, October 20, 2012

Upcoming Event : Michigan Boys in Blue, October 22

The Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society (VBRGS) celebrates Family History Month with  “Michigan Boys in Blue,” Monday, October 22, 2012, 7 p.m. at the Webster Memorial Library in Decatur,  a presentation by John Urschel, archivist and historian.
Urschel is currently the supervisor of the local history room at the Buchanan District Library in Buchanan, Michigan.  He is a semi-retired contract archivist holding a BA in history and MA in Public History from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Along with his responsibilities at the Buchanan District Library, John has become an author and lecturer in the southwestern Michigan area.  He is the author of City of Kalamazoo Parks, Kalamazoo Village and City Officials 1843-2007 and an executive producer of “Kalamazoo 1884”, a 37 minute documentary of Kalamazoo when it incorporated. 
A project which started out as a book about Civil War servicemen from Buchanan has turned into a series entitled Michigan Boys in Blue.  Volume one for Buchanan has already published.  John has begun work on volume two to include select men from Decatur, Dowagiac, Volinia Township, Marcellus, Mattawan, Paw Paw, Lawrence and Hartford,  and volume three is slated to focus on Grand Rapids.  John will consider future volumes to ultimately cover the entire state of Michigan in the series. 
Urschel will also host the Family History Essentials Series mini-class at starting at 6:00 p.m., highlighting his research methods used in his unique research projects, allowing time for a question & answer period.  The main program will begin at 7 p.m. after a break for refreshments and a short society business meeting.
This and other monthly programs sponsored by VBRGS are open to the public who is invited to attend as guests of the society. For more information please contact Ann Flora at 269.684.1353, email questions to  This October presentation rounds out the VBRGS 2012 program season, with the 2013 year scheduled to commence on February 25 with "Anatomy of an Obituary," to be presented by Toni I. Benson.

Nameless Picture of the Day
 unknown man
Photographer - Dawes, Dowagiac
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1 comment:

  1. I would like John Urshel to contact me about doing a program at our library.

    Thank you