Selected Past Meetings/Events


Date Event
2014
May, June Funeral Programs Indexing Project
Feb 8 College of William and Mary anthropologist Michael Blakey presented his Remembering Slavery, Resistance and Freedom Project and its search for historic African-American cemeteries throughout Virginia. David Brown, archaeologist and Co-director of the Gloucester-based Fairfield Foundation, described the cemetery component of the Foundation’s work in the Middle Peninsula. This Black History Month Program was co-sponsored by the Middlesex County Museum & Historical Society, Inc. and the Middle Peninsula African-American Genealogical & Historical Society. The meeting was held at the Historic Courthouse in Saluda, VA. (Details) (map)
Jan 11 Meg Hughes and Jackie Mullins of the Valentine Richmond History Center gave a presentation on "Preserving Paper, Photographs, and Textiles" at the MPAAGHS Monthly Meeting. The meeting was held at the Essex Public Library in Tappahannock, VA. (Details) (map)
2013
Dec 14 Genealogist, blogger, and lay historian Percy E. White II gave a presentation on "My Road to the Past and Present" at the MPAAGHS Monthly Meeting. The meeting was held at the Essex Public Library in Tappahannock, VA. (Details) (map)
Jun 8 MPAAGHS member Dr. Alvin C. Lomax gave a presentation on the Negro Organization Society at the MPAAGHS Monthly Meeting. The meeting was held at the Essex Public Library in Tappahannock, VA. (Details) (map)
Apr 13 Authors Camilla Lewis Tramuel and LaVonne Patterson Allen discussed their new book, Early African Americans in New Kent County, Volume I, Early Education - Colored Schools, at the MPAAGHS Monthly Meeting. The meeting was held at the Essex Public Library in Tappahannock, VA. (Details) (map)
Feb 9 Ron Mihills gave a presentation on the genealogy software, Family Tree Maker at the MPAAGHS Monthly Meeting. The meeting was held at the Essex Public Library in Tappahannock, VA. (Details) (map)
2012
May 26 MPAAGHS members visited the historic Jubilee Farm in King William, VA. (Details) (map)
Apr 14 MPAAGHS members met in Deltaville, VA and visted Fishing Bay Estates, Stingray Point, and the Deltaville Maritime Museum. (Details) (Pictures) (map)
Feb 26 The Northern Neck Chantey Singers performed at the Saint Clare Middle School in Locust Hill, VA. (Details) (map)
Feb 11 Brent Morgan spoke on the release of the 1940 Census at the MPAAGHS Monthly Meeting. The meeting was held at the Essex Public Library in Tappahannock, VA. (Details) (map)
2011
Nov 12 MPAAGHS Monthly Meeting at the Middlesex County Museum & Historical Society, Inc. in Saluda, VA. (Details) (map)
May 14 MPAAGHS members visited the FamilySearch Center of Tappahannock, VA. (Details)
March 12 MPAAGHS members visited the Library of Virginia and The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia. (Details)
2010
June 12 Sarah Dillard Pope of The Menokin Foundation addressed the MPAAGHS Monthly Meeting at the Essex Public Library in Tappahannock, VA. (Details) (map)
May 8 MPAAGHS Monthly Meeting at the Middlesex County Museum & Historical Society, Inc. in Saluda, VA. (Details) (map)
April 10 Funeral Progam Project Reception at the MPAAGHS Monthly Meeting at the old Beale Baptist Church in Tappahannock, VA (Details) (map)
March 7 The Voices of Freedom “Living History” Program at Angel Visit Baptist Church (map) in Dunnsville, VA
2009
October 10 The MPAAGHS 5th Anniversary Workshop took place at Angel Visit Baptist Church in Dunnsville, Virginia. Earlier in the day, the Final Collection Time for Funeral Programs Project took place.
March 14 Field Trip to King and Queen Court House tour of Circuit Court record room conducted by Vanessa Porter, Deputy Circuit Court Clerk. Tour of King and Queen County Courthouse Tavern Museum conducted by Ellen White.
February The Essex Public Library invited MPAAGHS to create a display for Black History Month 2009. The group created a genealogy exhibition that was on display during February and March 2009.
2008
October 11 Field trip to the King William County Museum tour conducted by Alvin C. Lomax
June 14 Celebration of the 105th birthday of Meta Dishman, of King and Queen County, VA
March 8 "Remembering Together: Stories of Obstacles and Opportunity"
an oral history practicum facilitated Dr. Barbara Finkelstein, Director
Oral History in Education Institute, University of Maryland, College Park
February 9 "How to Collect Oral Histories"
Speaker - Christina Draper
Director, Virginia African-American Heritage Program
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy, Charlottesville
January 12 Special presentation of vintage photograph of St. John’s Baptist Church by Thomas C. Harris
2007
March 10 "Preserving Works on Paper"
Speaker - paper conservator Susan Butler-Walters
February 10 "Virginia Freedmen Indexing Project"
Speakers - Darrell Walden and Bessida Cauthorne White
Article - Reconstructing African-American Roots (1 MB)
2006
December 9 "Family Wisdom: Celebrating 200+ Years of Love and Strength in an African-American Family" talk and book signing with author, Howard Adams
June 10 Field trip - J. C. Graves Museum, Walkerton, VA
tour by museum director Nannie Banks Taylor
April 8 "The Line that Leads to You: Telling Your Family Story in Fabric"
Speaker - fabric artist Janice Williams
February 11 "Protecting and Preserving Family Collections"
Speaker - Edward D. C. "Kip" Campbell
Director, Collection Management Services
The Library of Virginia
2005
December 10 "Using Family Tree Maker Software"
Speaker - Bessida Cauthorne White, assisted by Ronnie Sidney
December 3 Dedication of William Moore Highway Marker
November 17 MPAAGHS is featured in a front-page-of-section story in the Newport News Daily Press
October 8 "Use of County Court Records in Genealogical Research"
Speaker - Carolyn Clark, Deputy Clerk, Essex County Circuit Court
June 11 Field Trip to The Library of Virginia
May 14 "Research of Seven King William County, Virginia African-American Families"
Speaker - Alvin C. Lomax
March 12 "Whispers from the Dust: The Freedmen Records and African-American Family History"
Speakers - Darrell Walden and Roice Luke
February 12 "Tips for Researching Free People of Color"
Speaker - Gloria Waller
January 8 "Tips for Searching Family Trees"
Speaker - Bessida Cauthorne White
2004
December 18 Panel discussion, "History of the Rappahannock Industrial Academy"
panelists included Thomas Harris, Ruth Corbin Morris, and Laura Jane Wyatt Tildon
September 25 Organizing Meeting