Thursday, August 22, 2013

Nebraska ... get ready for the Family History Expo

The Midwest Family History Expo will be held September 6th and 7th at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Kearney, Nebraska.  This is the second year the Expo has been at this location.  Nebraska genealogists will find it a rewarding experience.

The Holiday Inn Convention Center is located at 110 South Second Avenue in Kearney.  Check out the web site for how to contact the hotel for room reservations.  You can register online for the Expo and save money.  The full registration is $69 ... a real bargain considering that gets you in for two days of lectures by top-notch genealogists and presenters.  If you pay at the door, it is $99.

James L. Tanner is the keynote speaker.  He will be presenting an entertaining message, Top 10 Techniques:  Fishing for Ancestors & Other Persons of Interest.  During the two days, you can attend classes ranging from how to use the flip-pal, using the FamilySearch catalog, finding German ancestors,  researching Swedish ancestors, the state and territorial census, land records to military records.

There will be vendors and door prizes.  Plan on meeting old friends and making new genealogy friends.     This is a great event to get you jump-started with your research.  This is definitely the place for genealogists!!

See you in Kearney ... yes, I am one of the presenters.


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Capitol Masterpiece Documentary

The Nebraska State Capitol Building towers over the city of Lincoln and projects an image of the spirit of the pioneers who traversed the plains and the people who have built this great state.  Towering 363 feet above the three story base, The Sower rises above a gold-tiled dome.  Over all the building measures 400 feet, making it the second tallest United States statehouse in the nation.  The Nebraska capitol design is unique in that it is not like the traditional federal dome found in other statehouses.
Nebraska State Capitol, Lincoln, Nebraska

Inside there are stunning sculptures, mosaic, carvings and artwork.  These all pay homage to the natural and human history of the state.  The design of the capitol was selected in a 1920 nationwide competition and completed in 1932.  From the outside of the building throughout the inside, a story is told.

NET (Nebraska's PBS station) will be telling that story as Nebraska's Capitol Masterpiece on August 5th at 7 p.m. (on NET1 and NETHD) and on August 8th at 7 p.m. (on NET1 and NETHD).  Viewers will watch the state capitol building take shape from creation to completion.  Be sure you take time to watch the trailer for Capitol Masterpiece, then set your TV to watch the program in its entirety.

People in Nebraska are proud of their state capitol building, so it great to show it off in this documentary.