May 23, 2022 – Ellis Island – Gateway to a Dream – at the Leominster Public Library – 7:00 PM
Presentation by: Genealogist Seema-Jayne Kenney – founder of Ancestral Books, Legacy & Education
The Leominster Public Library in partnership with The Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society
Sponsored by the Friends of the Leominster Library
Explore the Island’s history and American immigration story, including other inspection sites. Who was processed at Ellis Island and what did it involve? How did immigration legislation affect the island?
Light refreshments will be served
May 24, 2022 – “Building a Genealogy Research Toolbox” – Thomas MacEntee – Virtual Meeting
Build a research toolbox with your own favorite links, books, articles and more. A personalized research toolbox not only can help you locate information about your own ancestors, but it is a great way to share resources with your fellow genealogists.
Thomas MacEntee is a professional genealogist specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and as a means of interacting with others in the family history community.
What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get me, Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, marketer, network builder and more.
Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High-Definition Genealogy. Currently Thomas shares many of his articles and videos for free at GenealogyBargains.com!
“I’m a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics and I’ve finally figured out what I do best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. I believe in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.
June 28, 2022 – “Yours for Humanity – Abby” – Lynne McKenney Lydick – In-person presentation at the Leominster public Library
A one-woman play based on Abby Kelley Foster’s letters and speeches. Actress Lynne McKenney Lydick portrays Abby. The play shows a week in Abby’s life in 1854 as she lectures in Indiana against slavery. Abby frequently closes her letters with the words that form the title of the play. Travel back in time as you listen to Abby’s words as spoken at anti-slavery lectures. Hear her describe the “cruel hard facts of slavery” to the local townspeople in Indiana, and hear her poignant words in her letters home to her family. The play demonstrates how an ordinary person, like Abby, can affect extraordinary changes in society.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Leominster Cultural Council and the Westminster Cultural Council, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. Additional funding is provided by the Friends of the Leominster Public Library.