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March Program

"The Lost City of New Birmingham" in Cherokee County will be Kevin Stingley's program for the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society's meeting on March 22, 2 p.m. at the main county library located on First Monday Lane in Canton.
The once famous boom city carved out of the forests two miles east of Rusk in the late 1880's was heralded as the "Iron queen of the Southwest" but only survived for a few short years.
Stingley, who has been a teacher for 34 years, has a bachelor's degree in history from Baylor University and a master's degree in education from Stephen F. Austin State University. He has spent the past 23 years as a history teacher in Rusk.
He has been a member of the Cherokee County Historical Commission for the past 11 years and the Heritage Center of Cherokee County museum for the past 11 years also, including 6 years as Director of the museum. He has spent the past 15 years researching New Birmingham and its people.



For further information on society membership, activities or the annual seminar, contact the Library of Genealogy and Local History at (903) 567-5012, or visit the library located in the courthouse annex in Canton.
Library hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, with extended hours on Thursday until 6 p.m., and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Library of Genealogy and Local History

Society members man and support the Library of Genealogy and Local History, an off-site department of the main county library, where members of the public can use to do genealogical and local history research at no charge. Volunteer librarians are always on duty to provide expert assistance.

Hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The genealogy library is also open Thursday evenings until 6 p.m.

Society meetings are held the fourth Saturday of each month at the main county library, 2 p.m., with a variety of speakers presenting educational programs throughout the year. Visitors are always welcomed, and refreshments are served.

For further information on society activities, call (903) 567-5012 or visit the genealogical library located in the courthouse annex in Canton.


Society meetings are held the fourth Saturday of each month. Visitors are always welcomed. For further information on society activities, call or visit the Library of Genealogy and Local History, located in the courthouse annex in Canton, 903-567-5012. Hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Copies of press releases written by the society's publicity chairman, Lisa McKinney, will appear on this page.

Shirley Fuller is the society's President and Ellen Wheeler is the Program Chairman. If anyone has an idea for a program, please let us know. Suggestions may be mailed to the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1388, Canton, TX 75103, or by emailing the Society.


Van Zandt County Genealogical Society Officers and Board Members for 2014

President: Shirley Fuller

1st Vice President and Program Chairman: Ellen Wheeler

2nd Vice President and Membership Chairman: Nancy Robertson

Recording Secretary: Sandra Jones

Corresponding Secretary: Jan Crow

Treasurer: Scott Fitzgerald

Public Relations: Sibyl Creasey

Parliamentarian: Beth Gordon

Quarterly Editor: Laurie McDonald

Members at large: Benja Mize and Sherrie Archer


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