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Thursday, January 2, 2020
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Grand Prairie Memorial Library, 901 Conover Dr. Inspire Room, Grand Prairie, TX

Manuscript collections can be a goldmine of information for family history researchers. Learn about where to find collections, how they are organized, how to use a finding aid, and the variety of interesting items that can be found in the collections.

ARI WILKINS, a graduate of Louisiana State University, has been actively researching family history since 1998. Ari worked with the esteemed genealogist, Dr. James Rose, for many years on his final project Generations: The WPA Ex-Slave Narrative Database. She is the owner of the genealogical consulting company, Black Genesis.

Ms. Wilkins also works as a contributor for Proquest’s African American Heritage database.  Ms. Wilkins has spoken nationally at the National Genealogical Society, Federation of Genealogical Societies, Texas State Genealogical Society, Ohio Genealogical Society, Samford Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, American Library Association, RootsTech, and a multitude of local societies.

Ari has been a Library Associate at Dallas Public Library since 2007. She teaches a series of basic research classes using popular genealogical websites. She specializes in African American research. 


Build Our Flag
Thursday, February 6, 2020
Build Our Flag  (Monthly Meetings)
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Grand Prairie Memorial Library, Inspire Room, 901 Conover Dr., Grand Prairie, TX
Due to an unavoidable glitch, the complete September program was not presented. So, we welcome these three Sojourns back to "Build Our Flag".  The program will be narrated by Ed Chandler, a retired Major in the United States Air Force.  He is joined by Jerry Hudson a retired Air Force Captain and the Honorable B.J. Young also retired.  All three men are Masons and Past Presidents of the National Sojourners General Wm. J. Worth Chapter 463 as well as past Commanders of the Cowpens Camp of Heroes of ’76. 
Delightfully dressed in Revolutionary Style Uniforms, they present a stirring presentation of the history of the American Flag.  They Build Our Flag stripe by stripe and star by star giving the history behind each change that is made.  Learn more about our country as you see the history of our flag unfurled. 
Ending with a patriotic oration, the group will then be happy to answer questions.  Join us for this wonderful history lesson presented by these patriots who served our country.