Saturday, January 07, 2006

CGC Chairman's Welcome

Hi, my name is Jeffrey Bockman and I am the Chairperson for the CGC - Chicagoland Genealogical Consortium and the Local Arrangements Chair for the NGS 2006 Conference being held in Rosemont, IL from June 7 - 10, 2006.
Read the Chairman's Welcome

The National Genealogy Society has arranged four great days of lectures & workshops and has assembled a wide variety of vendors. See: Program & Speaker Details or download & print the Program & Registration Booklet (pdf file 994kb).

I hope that you will also register for the CGC's Sweets Home Chicago on Wednesday Evening - June 7th, 2006. This social event will feature the Ken Chaney Xperience, a jazz trio and singer, along with a Dessert Buffet, a cash bar, and the opportunity to visit with friends and various interest groups. Register for session W-130 at a cost of $27.

I would also like to take this opportunity to invite you to visit the City of Chicago. In June it is one of the prettiest cities in the world. Grant Park & Buckingham Fountain, the new Millennium Park, the Art Institute, window shopping on the "Magnificant Mile" of North Michigan Avenue, the Hancock Building Observatory, and Navy Pier are all "Can't Miss" sights. For those that want to do research there are a number of great facilities in the Chicagoland area. Newberry Library is just a few blocks west of the Hancock Building. See the CGC webpage for many local research links.

Since the conference is being held in Rosemont near the O'Hare airport you will need to add a day or two before or after the conference to really see downtown Chicago.

I am not a member of the the Chicago tourism board or being paid to welcome you. I was born and raised in Chicago and have had relatives living in the city since 1853. The nicest commute I ever had was driving from my parents home, in Hyde Park, along Lake Shore Drive, looking at the sun rising over Lake Michigan, on my way to Illinois Institute of Technology. IIT is located just east of the home of the World Champion Chicago White Sox. Take an extra day or evening to catch a ball game with the Sox or visit the Cubs up at Wrigley Field. We also have zoos, museums, and lots of tall buildings.

For those of you who won't be able to visit Chicago you will get to see a mini photo travelogue prior to the opening session and at Sweets Home Chicago.

The CGC Blog has additional sites to visit and conference information.

I would like to take this opportunity to also thank all of the chair people and other volunteers that are working hard to help the CGC and NGS to make this conference a wonderful experience for all.

I hope to see you in Chicago in June!

Jeffrey A. Bockman
Local Arrangements Chair, NGS 2006

Photo taken from the Planetarium by Jeffrey Bockman


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