Upcoming Lectures and Presentations

 

Meetings will be held at the WCKFRA Family Research Center, 895 Main St., Calhoun, KY.

 

Tuesday, June 14: Harold Wilson, retired chemistry and physics teacher will speak on Touring the Civil War Sites of Calhoun. Harold’s late brother, Don Wilson, researched and wrote a book (unpublished) called The Boys of Calhoun. The Wilson men grew up hearing stories of the Civil War in Calhoun. Since this is the 150th anniversary of the Civil War it should be very interesting.

 

Tuesday, September 13: Dr. Abraham Byrd III, genealogist and Revolutionary War buff will speak on The Revolutionary War. A native of McLean County and member of the McLean County History and Genealogy Museum, Dr. Byrd lives in Tucson, Arizona, where he is a practicing physician.

 

Tuesday, December 13: Holiday Open House at the Family Research Center. This is a meet and greet social event and you will have time to check out the resources of our library. There will be a very brief business meeting at 7 p.m. for the election of officers for the 2012 year.

 

Previous Lectures

 

June 14, 2001, WCKFRA Library-Workroom, 222 Walnut St., Owensboro, Ky.

DAR member Mary Alice Springer spoke on "The Star Spangled Banner." Her lecture included a stirring account of the War of 1812 battle that inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the lyrics of our National Anthem. Thanks Mary Alice!

 

Sept. 22, 2001, WCKFRA Fall Seminar.

            WCKFRA’s fall seminar was held Sept. 22 at Settle Memorial United Methodist Church. This year’s topic was early Ky. A special thanks to Settle Memorial!

 

Oct. 11, 2001, WCKFRA Library-Workroom, 3133 Commonwealth Ct., Owensboro, Ky.

            Rev. Wendell Rone spoke on the history of McLean Co., Ky.

 

Nov. 8, 2001, WCKFRA Library-Workroom, 3133 Commonwealth Ct., Owensboro, Ky.

            Rev. Rone continued speaking on resources for McLean Co. research. He recently donated a large collection of McLean Co. school photographs to our library. Thanks Rev. Rone.

 

Feb. 14, 2002, WCKFRA Library-Workroom, 3133 Commonwealth Ct., Owensboro, Ky.

            James Watts of the local LDS church answered member’s questions about the genealogical resources of the LDS church.

 

March 14, 2002, WCKFRA Library-Workroom, 3133 Commonwealth Ct., Owensboro, Ky.

            WCKFRA  met in the Kentucky Room of the Daviess Co. Library. The Kentucky Room staff described resources available for genealogy, emphasizing the newest additions.

 

April 11, 2002, WCKFRA Library-Workroom, 3133 Commonwealth Ct., Owensboro, Ky.

John and Denise Shelton explained their new business, Fix Your Picture. Their profession is the digital restoration of old photographs. WCKFRA Vice-President, Barbara Hilyerd, demonstrated and explained the use of a digital camera.

 

May 9, 2002, WCKFRA Library-Workroom, 3133 Commonwealth Ct., Owensboro, Ky.

The speaker was Dr. Dean Weber, of Owensboro. Dr. Weber related his experience in the acquisition and preservation of a large collection of historic artifacts of Bullitt Co., Ky. The collection includes a large number of photographs, and several artifacts now held by the Filson Historical Society.

 

Sept. 12, 2002, WCKFRA Library-Workroom, 3133 Commonwealth Ct., Owensboro, Ky.

Dot Smithson explained the library’s collection of cdrom databases.

 

Oct. 10, 2002, WCKFRA Library-Workroom, 3133 Commonwealth Ct., Owensboro, Ky.

Publisher Sam McDowell explained steps in preparing a family history for publication.

 

Nov. 14, 2002, WCKFRA Library-Workroom, 3133 Commonwealth Ct., Owensboro, Ky.

            WCKFRA met for a study session. The nominating committee presented a slate of candidates for 2003 offices.

 

Dec. 12, 2002, WCKFRA Library-Workroom, 3133 Commonwealth Ct., Owensboro, Ky.

            2003 officers were chosen.

 

Edith Bennett, Vice-President

Diana Payne, Recording Secretary

Linda Shown, Corresponding Secretary

Dot Smithson, Editor

June Tron, Treasurer

Chester Ward, President

 

Sept. 20, 2003. WCKFRA Fall Seminar, Owensboro, Ky.

WCKFRA hosted Michael J. Neill as speaker at the Executive Inn Rivermont in Owensboro. The all-day seminar was enjoyed by many. Several vendors were in attendance.

 

Nov. 13, 2003, WCKFRA Library-Workroom, 3133 Commonwealth Ct., Owensboro, Ky.

Bob Wittman, of eMan Software, explained CE My Family, a genealogical computer program for Pocket PC.  CE My Family allows sharing of data between the desktop computer and Pocket PC.

 

June 10, 2004, WCKFRA Library-Workroom, 3133 Commonwealth Ct., Owensboro, Ky.

                        We celebrated the 150th anniversary of the founding of McLean Co., Ky. Ann Vincent spoke on the history of McLean Co. Ann is a 4th generation descendant of Alney McLean, for whom the county is named.     

 

Oct. 13, 2005, WCKFRA Library-Workroom, 3133 Commonwealth Ct., Owensboro, Ky.

            Joe Ford entertained the audience with several hair-raising ghost stories of local origins. His wife, Grace Carter Ford, spoke on the Joe Ford Library of Science & History, which opened Oct. 9 in Brescia University's Science Building. The library contains papers and specimens Joe has amassed during his 80-year life as a nature lover.

 

Nov. 10, 2005, The Kentucky Room, Daviess Co. Public Library.

Librarians Shelia Heflin and Jerry Long described the Kentucky Room collection, focusing on recent acquisitions of materials. 

 

Dec. 13, 2005, Tuesday, 7:00 P.M., WCKFRA Library-Workroom, 3133 Commonwealth Ct., Owensboro, Ky.

Harold Utley presented “Forgotten Heroes of the Revolutionary War.”

 

Mar. 14, 2006, Tuesday, 7:00 P.M., WCKFRA Library-Workroom, 3133 Commonwealth Ct., Owensboro, Ky.

Lowell Childers spoke on “Webster County Genealogical & Historical Society.”

 

June 13, 2006, Tuesday, 7:00 P.M., WCKFRA Library-Workroom, 3133 Commonwealth Ct., Owensboro, Ky.

John & Denise Shelton, proprietors of the local shop, “Fix Your Pictures,” spoke on photograph restoration.

 

September 12, 2006, Tuesday, 7:00 P.M., WCKFRA Library-Workroom, 3133 Commonwealth Ct., Owensboro, Ky.

William M. Corum spoke on the French Soldier,“Marquis de Lafayette.”

 

December 12, 2006, Tuesday, 7:00 P.M., WCKFRA Library-Workroom, 3133 Commonwealth Ct., Owensboro, Ky.

Phillip Bosley shared stories of his ancestors, “The Bosley, Barbour, and Boulware Families.”