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SAR Genealogical Research Library to Offer New Summer Hours & Genealogy Workshops


The Center for Advancing America’s Heritage is proud to announce changes to the SAR Genealogical Research Library’s scheduling and programming this summer! During the summer months of June, July, and August, the library's schedule will change to Tuesday-Saturday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.  This change is designed to allow additional patrons access to the library, especially those that work during the weekdays. Each summer month the library will be presenting a Genealogy 101 class from 9:30 am -10:30 am with independent research available afterward.  These dates are June 4, July 9, and August 6, 2011. Individuals that attend the seminar receive free access to the library the remainder of the day. The SAR Genealogical Research Library is excited to be able to offer alternate summer hours and genealogy programming to its users and the public at large.


The Genealogy 101 workshops will cover the basics of how to get started tracing your family tree.  Participants will learn how to complete a four-generation chart and family group sheet as well as learn about various types of genealogical sources and how to locate them.  In addition, participants will learn tips for facing common genealogical obstacles. 


In addition to the genealogy workshop, library users receive access to the Mary & James Craik Special Collection Room. The Mary & James S. Craik Special Collections Room features museum quality pieces relating to the early history of the Unites States and the American Revolution.  The room is located on the north side of the mezzanine in the SAR Genealogical Research Library.  It is named after SAR member, James Craik, and his wife Mary.  Mr. Craik was a descendant of Dr. James Craik, George Washington’s personal physician.  The Craiks generously donated to the SAR a miniature portrait of Dr. Craik painted by Charles Willson Peale at Valley Forge in the winter of 1778.  It is now prominently displayed in the room along with other top artifacts in the NSSAR collection. The items on display rotate periodically, so it is important to stop by often to see what’s new!