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SAR Genealogical Research Library Hosts Lineage Society Fair


On Saturday, October 22, 2011, lineage society representatives from across the region joined to attend the first Lineage Society Fair at the SAR Genealogical Research Library.  The library hosted the event in celebration of its 1-year anniversary at its new location at 809 W. Main Street.  The purpose of the fair was three fold. First to educate the public regarding possible lineage society membership based on an individual’s research. Secondly, the Lineage Fair provided an opportunity to foster a network of lineage societies within the region and beyond. Lastly, it allowed those in the genealogy community to discover the vast genealogical resources available at the SAR Genealogical Research Library.
Sixteen societies participated in the event. Each society set up a table with literature and other relevant materials that would be useful for potential members.  The societies ranged from The Descendants of Washington’s Army at Valley Forge, Colonial Dames of the XVII Century, to the Dutch Colonial Society.  SAR and DAR were well represented at the Lineage Fair!
This free event was open to anyone interested in learning more about a particular lineage society, or wanting to check out the library.  Attendees received a Constitution booklet for participating as well as a directory of all the participating societies.  The library raffled off a door prize of SAR merchandise which was won by Barbara Waltz Stone of Columbus, Indiana.  After the fair ended, the library was open for independent research.  The Lineage Society Fair was the first opportunity that many attendees had to visit the new library.  There were several positive comments about the uniqueness of the collection and interest in future library programs.  A special thank you goes out to all the societies that participated in this event!