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For our meeting next month, the Western New York Genealogical Society
(WNYGS) will be highlighting Orleans County.
On Saturday, April 22nd, we'll be hosting a free, two-part program with
Orleans County Historian Matthew Ballard and genealogist and historian
Holly Ricci-Canham. In Part I, Mr. Ballard will discuss the Orleans County
Department of History's unique collections and resources. In Part II, Ms.
Ricci-Canham will discuss her latest book, *Mom & Pop Farming in Orleans
County: The Past Brought To Life*, the result of a two-year long research
project documenting WNY's now-vanishing family farming experience.
No matter where in WNY your ancestors called home, you will enjoy this
interesting and informative program.
This event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!
Jennifer Liber Raines
*Chair of Programming and Community Outreach*
*WNYGS April Meeting: "Spotlight on Orleans County"*
*Date: *Saturday, April 22, 2017
*Location: *Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Central Branch, Central
Meeting Room, 1 Lafayette Circle, Buffalo, NY 14203
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – Welcome
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Part I Presentation
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Part II Presentation
*Cost: *Free and open to the public.
*Part I: Understanding the Orleans County Department of History with County
Historian Matthew Ballard*
The frontier wilderness that was Orleans County was a stopping point for
thousands of pioneers traveling from New England to western lands. The
Orleans County Department of History is a frequent “first stop” for
genealogists looking for information about early settlers and families who
passed through the region in the early half of the nineteenth century.
However, the collections within the historian’s office are different from
what one might find in other offices and historical societies throughout
Western New York. This program will highlight what the Orleans County
Historian has and does not have in regards to collections and information.
*About the Presenter:* Matthew Ballard has served as Orleans County
Historian for two years, taking over for the long-tenured C.W. Lattin who
concluded his service after 36 years. Ballard authors a weekly column that
appears in the Orleans Hub and Batavia Daily News entitled “Overlooked
Orleans” as well as a monthly column entitled “Out of the Past”. Current
projects in the Historian’s office include an online database of historic
markers and sites in Orleans County and the creation of a biannual
publication called The Pioneer Record, a historical newsletter for
disseminating local history.
In addition to his part-time duties as historian, Ballard is also the
Interim Director of Library Services at Roberts Wesleyan College and
Northeastern Seminary in Rochester, where he serves as faculty liaison to
the School of Arts & Humanities. He graduated in 2010 with a B.S. in
History from SUNY Brockport, completed his M.L.S. in 2012 from the
University at Buffalo, and is currently pursuing a M.A. in American History
from SUNY Brockport.
*Part II: Family Farming in Orleans County with Local Genealogist and
Author Holly Ricci-Canham*
Genealogist and local author Holly Ricci-Canham has just released her
latest work, Mom & Pop Farming in Orleans County: The Past Brought To Life.
Praised by the local historical community, the book includes nearly 400
photographs and 150 farmer interviews. After two years of extensive
research, she will discuss the project and offer an intimate profile of a
nearly vanished local lifestyle – one filled with hard work and close-knit
communities centered around neighborhood churches and schools.
*About the Presenter:* Holly Ricci-Canham is the Founding President of the
Orleans County Genealogical Society and the Town of Carlton Genealogist.
Prior to her latest work, she authored several other books including
Legendary Locals of Orleans County and Carlton and Point Breeze. She is
also the recipient of the 2015 Heritage Hero Award. Ms. Ricci Canham grew
up on a family fruit and vegetable farm in Kenyonville, New York which
later relocated to Albion.
For complete event details and a copy of the flyer, visit the Society
website at http://wnygs.org/meeting-2017-04.html .