“Mind Feast,” a day-long seminar featuring guest speakers on American and African-American history, will be held Friday, May 7 at the Oberlin Public Library.
The free biennial event is sponsored by the Oberlin African American Genealogy and History Group. It is open to the public.
Registration is required and can be completed at http://oaaghg.com/mind_feast_2016. Check-in will be from 9-9:30 a.m. A pre-paid boxed lunch is offered.
Guest speakers this year will include:
• Angela Cathey McGhee, writer and researcher, Illinois State Genealogical Society. She will present “The Road to Prison: Uncovering Ancestral Convict Files” and “Soldiers’ Home Records: A Look at a Valuable Resource.”
• Carol Lasser, Oberlin College professor. She will share “Tale of Three Widows: Sarah Wadsworth Mahan, Zeriah Porter Weed, and Mary Patterson Leary Langston in Antebellum Oberlin.” It will compare the ways three women survived and coped after the death of a spouse.
• Dennis Carter, CEO of Carter Funeral Homes. He will discuss “Funeral Home Practices, Records, and Vital Statistics.”
OAAGHG is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging support for African-American genealogy and historical research.