Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Wednesday, June 7th: Opening Session

Starting off this year’s NGS Conference in the States will be Dr. Allen Weinstein. There couldn’t be a more fitting speaker to kick off this national conference. In February 2005, Dr. Weinstein was sworn in as the ninth Archivist of the United States. His charge is to lead the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) into the technological future so that our records of yesterday may be here tomorrow.
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According to his biography on the National Archive’s website, Dr. Weinstein has had a long and notable career in the fields of academia and politics. In his earlier years, he served as the Professor of History at Smith College and Chairman of its American Studies Program. He later held the position of University Professor at Georgetown University, followed by University Professor and Professor of History at Boston University. He has held visiting professorships at several other universities.

In 1985, Dr. Weinstein founded the Center for Democracy, a non-profit organization whose goal is to promote and strengthen the democratic process. He was awarded the United Nations Peace Medal (1986) and numerous other international awards for his efforts to aid countries in their democratization processes.

In addition to these notable achievements, Weinstein has authored several books and written for numerous scholarly journals. Don’t miss what Dr. Weinstein has to say to the genealogists of America!

The next person to speak at the opening session will be the lively and engaging John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., presenting “They Glided This Way: The Erie Canal and Peopling of the Midwest”. This teacher, lecturer and author comes to us from Washington, D.C. He conducts workshops for the National Archives, teaches at the Smithsonian Institute and other area universities, as well as several regional and national genealogical institutes. Dr. Colletta is also a popular lecturer at national conferences. In addition to numerous genealogy articles, he has authored 3 books: They Came in Ships, A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor’s Arrival Record; Finding Italian Roots: The Complete Guide for Americans and his latest, Only a Few Bones: A True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and Its Aftermath. You’re sure to enjoy this speaker!

Glide on in to the opening session and have the honor of hearing this duo officially start the conference week!

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