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Wednesday, August 21 through Saturday, August 24
Federation of Genealogical Socities  (National Conferences)
Omni Shoreham Hotel - Washington DC
Federation Genealogical Societies Annual Conference 2019 will be held in Washington D.C. August 21, 2019—August 24, 2019.  FGS makes its first visit to the nation’s capital with the National Archives, Library of Congress, DAR Library, and more a Metro ride away. Mark your calendars now. You don’t want to miss this one. Hotel Reservations opened late January 2019.  

Friday, August 23 through Friday, August 23
Historic Sotterley - International Day for The Remembrance  (Events in DC, MD & VA)
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Historic Sotterley, 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood MD
The International Day for
The Remembrance of the Slave Trade and
Its Abolition
Friday, August 23, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
All descendants, all St. Mary’s County and Southern Maryland residents, all Sotterley friends and family, all Marylanders, all citizens of this Country are welcome to join us for this day so long in coming.
Honor, Equity, Resilience, Remembrance.
Schedule for the Day
11:00 a.m.
Program Begins
Bells Ring | Choir Sings | A Prayer
The Purpose of This Day – Sandra Coles-Belle
Why Sotterley – Bert Johnston
Why Now – Nancy Easterling
Voices of Sotterley’s Past - Gwen Bankins
 Community Voices
St. Mary’s College
Middle Passage & more
Family Voices
Speak My Name - Sotterley Descendants
Remember & Honor
Reading of the names of Sotterley’s Known Enslaved
 12:00 noon
 All are invited to honor ancestors throughout the day
1:00 p.m.
Discussion: The Legacy
2:30 p.m.
Bell Ringing
Sotterley’s Bell Rings 29 times to honor those known to have perished on the Middle Passage to Sotterley
Free Tours at 1:00, 2:00 & 3:00 p.m.
(food & beverage for purchase)
For more information or to reserve a space please call Jane, Jeanne, or Emily at 301-373-2280

Monday, September 23
My Summer Research Discoveries  (SMCGS Monthly Meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, California MD
Members share what they discovered during their summer research - even their brick walls!

Monday, October 28
Cemetery Discovery at Serenity Farms  (SMCGS Monthly Meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, California MD
Franklin Robinson, Jr, one of the owners of Serenity Farm near Benedict, Maryland, will narrate how a skull found in 1982 on Serenity Farm led to the discovery of a previously unknown slave burial ground. In 2012 the State Highway Administration started investigating the site and identified 23 African American burials dating from 1780 to 1810. Franklin will relate how archeologists, physical anthropologists, historical research, and interaction with the African American community helped to understand more about the individuals (9 adults, 6 children and 8 infants) buried here. Mr. Robinson is an archivist at the Smithsonian Institution and a member of the Charles County Historic Preservation Commission.

Monday, March 23, 2020
Research Road Trip to Baltimore  (SMCGS Monthly Meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, California MD
Malissa Ruffner will present Research Gateway to Baltimore.  Baltimore offers several "don't miss" repositories that offer resources that will further your research.  If you have never made the trek or its just been a few years, come get the latest information to plan your trip for maximum results.