GENERAL MEETING – APRIL 14, 2021
WEDNESDAY - 1:00 PM
"QUILTING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY"
You don’t have to be a quilter to enjoy Kathy Emmel’s presentation about “Quilting Your Family History” on Wednesday, April14. Kathy will share 16 quilts -15 which she has made over the past 25 years, as well as an antique quilt - that showcase people, events, and places. After presenting the first 11 of the quilts, she will delve more deeply into the stories and history of people and events in the remaining five quilts by sharing her sources, documents and research techniques. The quilts include the stories of a great-great-grandfather who was a Confederate soldier in Virginia, and of another great-great-grandfather in Missouri who supported causes to raise money for the Union army. One quilt tells of a family tragedy that occurred in 1929 in Westchester County, New York. A fourth quilt about her husband’s family tells the story of German-Lutheran immigrants who settled in southern Minnesota. The fifth and final quilt was a wonderful find from an antique store. Through researching the names on this quilt from Iowa, Kathy was able to create a six-generation family tree chart. In addition, Kathy will share some of the techniques she employed in the making of the quilts.
Kathy has been interested in genealogy since her childhood. She is a retired public-school teacher and award-winning quilter who shared her love of fabric, color, and design with more than 1,000 youngsters over 27 years.
Her quilts have been displayed at the History Colorado, and the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, recognized as one of the top quilt museums by USA Today.
Please join us on April 14 to hear the stories of the people, events and places that have been portrayed and shared through the art of quilting.
GENERAL MEETING – MAY 12, 2021
WEDNESDAY - 1:00 PM
"LOCATING IMAGES OF ANCESTORS: PUTTING A FACE WITH THAT NAME"
Having images of our ancestors makes them come to life for us. You will learn about how you can locate images of your ancestors – some in unexpected places. Since my early days of family history research, I have made it a priority to locate images of my ancestors. Up to today, I have images of all my direct line ancestors through my 2nd great grandparents, over half of my 3rd great grandparents, and several beyond that, going back before the invention of photography.
Andy Likins has been fascinated by family history for as long as he can remember and has been actively researching for over 35 years. Ancestry Magazine and Archives.com have published articles he has written on topics relating to American and Scandinavian research, and he has performed research for PBS’s Finding Your Roots. His memberships include the Swedish Colonial Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists. Andy is a professor at Pikes Peak Community College and does genealogical research for clients. Collecting images of family members is one of his favoriteaspects of genealogy.
A family historian based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Andy Likins has been researching his family tree for over 25 years. He has a bachelor's degree in history and a master's in teaching English to speakers of other languages, and he teaches academic composition and reading at Pikes Peak Community College. Andy lectures on introductory genealogy as well as Norwegian and Swedish research, and his memberships include the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Swedish Colonial Society. His on-going quest is to encourage his wife and three children to love cemeteries as much as he does.