2019 Black History Month Genealogy Conference to be Held at Old Salem Museums & Gardens in Winston-Salem
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (JANUARY 15, 2019) –The 2019 Black History Month Genealogy Conference will be held Sat., Feb. 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Old Salem Museums & Gardens in Winston-Salem. This event is free and is hosted by the North Carolina Chapters of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS). The full-day conference includes a variety of sessions with topics ranging from the Basics of Genealogy to DNA to Black Indians in the Carolinas.
Martha Hartley, Director of Moravian Research Old Salem Museums & Gardens, will be a guest speaker at the conference. She will discuss Old Salem’s Hidden Town Project, a groundbreaking Initiative to research and reveal the history of a community of enslaved and free Africans and African Americans who once lived in Salem, North Carolina. These histories involve the complicated use of slavery and enslaved people to build the town and their contribution to the mercantile prosperity of Salem. The Hidden Town Project will track the effects and legacy of enslaved people from the inception of Salem itself in 1766 through the Jim Crow Era and into the 21st century.
Registration for this conference is required. For the full conference description please visit ncaahgs.org/contact/2017-black-history-month-genealogy-conference/. To register, please call 336-547-0178 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The North Carolina AAHGS includes active chapters in Greensboro, Raleigh, and Charlotte. Information about the current effort to re-activate the Winston-Salem chapter and expand its base to include Forsyth and Stokes County will be available at the February conference. The combined chapter recognizes the shared history, as Forsyth County was created out of Stokes County in 1849.
About the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society
The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. (AAHGS) strives to preserve African-ancestored family history, genealogy, and cultural diversity by teaching research techniques and disseminating information throughout the community. Our primary goals are to promote scholarly research, provide resources for historical and genealogical studies, create a network of persons with similar interests, and assist members in documenting their histories. For more information visit ncaahgs.org.
About Old Salem
Voted the 2019 #1 Tourist Attraction in North Carolina (AAA), Old Salem Museums & Gardens is a unique living history site with a tactile-driven, immersive visitor experience. Its museums—the Historic Town of Salem, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), and the Gardens at Old Salem are quickly becoming nationally known for innovative and novel interpretive models and programs. Old Salem Museums & Gardens is located at 600 South Main Street in Winston-Salem. For more information call 336-721-7300 or visit oldsalem.org.