Indian Territorial Genealogical and Historical Society to meet Aug. 26

BY STAFF REPORTS
08/22/2019 04:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH – The regularly scheduled meeting of the Indian Territory Genealogical and Historical Society will be held at 7 p.m., Aug. 26 in Northeastern State University’s John Vaughn Library in the Ballenger Genealogy Room.

The purpose of this program is to discuss an upcoming event made possible due to the efforts of Brenda Bradford, head of special collections and archives at NSU. Bradford won a grant to host a regional genealogical program at the NSU University Center. The event will be held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sept. 27 and Sept. 28, is titled, “Paving the Way: Green Country’s Cultural and Preservation Initiative.” It will provide an opportunity for regional community members to bring in their historical artifacts such as photographs and special memorabilia to be digitized.

The digitized information will be added to NSU’s database, which will be made accessible to the public for assistance in genealogical research. With help from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries in scanning these documents, the participant will receive a free flash drive containing their shared information. Bradford has contacted more than 70 organizations and institutions about attending and/or participating in the two-day meeting and has more than 14 speakers lined up to speak. An oral history video booth, genealogy services and workshops about preservation of genealogical information in general as well as in the case of natural disasters also will be a part of the event.

The Tahlequah Chamber of Commerce is providing free goodie bags for attendants. Several other organizations will be helping with the various activities including the Museum of Native American History located in Bentonville, Arkansas; the Oklahoma Historical Society; NSU Center for Tribal Studies; Cherokee Nation Community and Cultural Outreach and others.

The Indian Territory Genealogical and Historical Society will discuss this upcoming event and the help they will render at the Aug. 26 meeting. If anyone is interested in attending the meeting, visitors are always welcome and there is no charge.

For more information, you can call 918-444-3320 or 918-444-3221 or speak to Bradford in the NSU Archives office.

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