J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Workshop at the Massachusetts Archives, 18 Feb

John Hannigan, a Reference Archivist at the Massachusetts Archives, has sent this announcement to local lists:

On Wednesday, February 18, 2009, there will be a military records workshop at the Massachusetts Archives. The workshop will run from 10 A.M. to 12 P.M., and will cover a wide variety of topics. It will focus primarily on records of Massachusetts soldiers in the American Revolution and the Civil War, but will also touch King Philip’s War, the French and Indian Wars, the War of 1812, and the Massachusetts State Militia.

We will examine some original manuscript records, and talk about the kinds of records the state kept and didn't keep. Most importantly, we will discuss what these records can tell us about an individual's military service, and how to go about filling in the gaps.

We would like to focus as much on colonial and Revolutionary-era records as possible, and the more like-minded individuals who sign up, the easier that will be to do! If this workshop is moderately successful, we will consider holding another one on a Saturday so more people can attend.

Space is limited to 15 people, so sign up as soon as possible.
Email Hannigan to sign up, or ask questions about this session.

1 comment:

fibrowitch said...

Darn! I'll be in the hospital for cancer surgery. And I want to learn more about the Archives. I started tracing my family history last year and I spend a lot of time at the Archives.