There are several genealogy events scheduled in conjunction with the “Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation” Traveling Exhibit at the Aurora History Museum. The exhibit extends from Jan 4, 2007 to Feb. 23, 2007. It is jointly sponsored by the Aurora History Museum (where it will be on display) and the Aurora Public Library.
The “Forever Free” exhibit is the traveling exhibit on Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation developed by the Henry E. Huntington Library, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office with funding support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. The Aurora Public Library will be the only library in the state of Colorado to receive the exhibit.
23 January 2007, 1:30 p.m. Aurora Genealogical Society will present “The Underground Railroad” by
Sandy Sweeney. The program will explore the vast network of people who helped an estimated 100,000 slaves move northward between 1810 and 1850.
27 January 2007, 1:00 p.m. Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies quarterly meeting at the Aurora History Museum. There will be a guided tour of the “Forever Free” Traveling Exhibit by museum staff after the meeting.
27 February 2007, 7:00 p.m. Aurora Genealogical Society will present “Identifying Your Civil War Ancestor — Blue or Gray” by Carol Darrow, CG. This lecture will describe specific research sources that will enable you to discover information about a Civil War ancestor whether he fought for the Union or the Confederacy.
There will also be a Rare, Collectible, and Used Book Sale on 20 & 21 January 2007 .
The “Forever Free” exhibit and the lectures provide an opportunity to learn more about a crucial time in our nation’s history, how it impacted subsequent events and actions, and how our ancestors may have participated in these historical events.
Thanks to Mary Thayer for contributing this information.