Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Sounds of Genealogy - Everyone Has A Theme Song!

Circle August 21-24 on your calendar and start planning to attend the 2013 FGS Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana, for research, learning, networking and music. Yes, music! Rock & Roll and Genealogy! You have to be kidding!! Nope! Three different events will feature the music from your ancestors' lives. 

Did the music of the 1950's affect or reflect society? Rock & Roll was the voice of the teenagers. It was written for youth, about youth. Having been a teenager at that time, I am very aware that everything else changed once the music changed. On Thursday morning, keynote speaker, Richard Aquila, will explain what happened during that era. This should be a very interesting lecture whether you lived through this time or reaped the musical benefits later.

There is more music with the Opening Social at the Foellinger-Friemann Botanical Conservatory on Wednesday night. This will feature music through the generations. Most music is created with the sole purpose of reminding you of something that happened in your life and that is how songs make it to the top of the charts. Come listen to music down through the years and see what memories come to mind. Music defines our lives. Everyone has a theme song.

Finally, The Evening At The Library on Friday night! Calling all Scarlets and Rhetts for a splendid hour of ballroom dancing, late 1800's style, in the two-story Great Hall at the Allen County Library. Period dress is definitely a must. For more on this event check out my post on April 11, 2013. 

As you can see, the conference in Fort Wayne is a genealogist's dream vacation! Special events, research at the Allen County Library, four days of learning experiences, and music. I attended a FGS conference here in 2007. The Grand Wayne Center is only a few steps from the Allen County Public Library which houses one of the largest genealogical collections. The center itself is bright, cheerful and easy to navigate. The Hilton conference hotel is connected directly to the center; the Courtyard by Marriott is connected by a skywalk.

There is so much planned for this conference that it would be impossible to include everything in one post. I focused on the musical aspect because it is so unique and something I don't think many of us take into consideration when we examine the lives of our ancestors. It should be interesting to speculate about which songs defined our ancestors lives and became their theme songs!

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