Thursday, September 8th, marks the first day of regular lectures at FGS 2011. And I've finally made my picks. It was tough, though. But here it goes...
8:30-10Am ~ General Session with David S. Ferriero who will be delivering the keynote address.
11AM ~ Illinois Migration & Settlement Patterns with Rev. Dr. David McDonald, CG ~ Here's a little known fact about me: I am both fascinated and addicted to migration patterns. It fascinates me the determination, courage, and ingenuity it took to migrate, and I feel victorious when I can narrow down how an ancestor got to a certain place. I mean, my ancestors never -in a million years- thought that I'd be tracking down, well, their tracks. So, if any sessions will be discussing migration, I will most certainly be there. [Unless someone asks me to go have coffee or to walk through the vendor exhibit hall with them, of course. ;) ]
2PM ~ Immigrant Cluster Communities: Past, Present, and Future with Lisa A. Alzo ~ Unless you are a hermit who doesn't communicate with anyone in any manner, you deal with other people and, oftentimes, you deal with them repeatedly. And I'd venture to say that each person could tell just a little something about you. Something your descendants might want to know about you, just like the tidbits that you try to dig up about your ancestors. So, it makes sense to look at who your ancestors interacted with. I've written an article in Shades on how to go about doing this, and I look forward to Lisa's presentation to see her perspective on this great method. [Plus? I've met Lisa. In person. And? She's so cool. Can't wait to hear her speak.]
3:30PM ~ The Curious Case of the Disappearing Dude with Debra Mieszala, CG ~ Now, honestly? I had another session picked out because of the subject matter, but I'm easily distracted by an awesome title. And, hello?!? This title tells me Ms. Mieszala is creative. Well, at least with her presentation titles. However, as intended, she captured my attention. Something tells me her presentation will also captivate me. And? I'm so ready to be captivated. Really.
5PM ~ Migration Through Canals and Waterways with Carol Smith, AG ~ Remember? Wherever migration is, I am. Looking forward to Ms. Smith's voyage through canals and waterways.
So. What sessions are y'all thinking about for Thursday, Sept. 8th, at FGS2011?
Visit the FGS 2011 Conference website for more information about their 2011 conference, Pathways to the Heartland.