• By North Carolina Room
  • Posted Friday, February 9, 2018

Genealogy and Local History Programs at Central and Walkertown

Now is the perfect time to begin your journey of self-discovery through your history! This calendar presents all programs for genealogy and local history at Forsyth County Public Library. Seasoned genealogists and beginners will find value in these excellent programs throughout the month of February.

Below are some of our highlighted programs:


Speaker Spotlight
Monday, February 12th at 4:30pm Central Library Auditorium Patricia Alston Harris was elected July 2016 as Alternate National Executive Committeeman for American Legion, Department of North Carolina and is the Immediate Commander of the NC State Veterans Council. Ms. Harris is the first woman veteran to serve as State Commander of The American Legion in NC, the largest wartime veteran service organization in the world. She was elected in 2013 as the 98th Department Commander of its 95th year and a dual member of the American Legion Auxiliary, which has been a major part of her upbringing. Ms. Harris has received the “Order of The Long Leaf Pine” award in 2013 by Governor Pat McCrory and was recently appointed as Commissioner to North Carolina Military Affairs Commission by Governor Roy Cooper.

Speaker Spotlight
Monday, February 12th at 6pm Central Library Auditorium Winston Salem native, Earl Ijames, Archivist with NC State Division of Archives and History, will present his view of the role of African Americans during the Civil War and present the film “Colored Confederates.”The film “Colored Confederates” makes plain the roles of enslaved and free people of color who served in various capacities in the Confederacy and the Confederate Army. Using more than twenty years researching primary and genealogical sources, Ijames conveys the significance of Confederates of Color before the Emancipation Proclamation and after the creation of the United States Colored Troops. He is widely considered as this subject matter expert. The eight year project was recorded live and based on actual events that led to the first monument in American history in honor Confederates of Color.


Digitize Your Family Archives
Monday, February 12 & Tuesday, February 20 @ 3:00 - 5:00 pm The Walkertown Branch Library offers free, do-it-yourself digitization of photos, VHS tapes and audio tapes to share and enjoy for years to come. Registration required. Call the library 336-703-2990 to sign up for one-on-one assistance with the equipment.

African American Genealogy
Tuesday, February 20 @ 6:00 PM Find your roots with tips and tricks for locating genealogical information about African American ancestors. This program will cover basic genealogy tips, introduce you to African American online research sites and databases, and explain different types of documents used in African American genealogy. Free Genealogy Starter Kits and handouts with tips and resources will be available.

“Man to Man: Bighouse Gaines"
Saturday, February 24 @ 10:30 am NC Historian Fam Brownlee will present "Man to Man: Bighouse Gaines", a talk about the now in production documentary film "Man to Man: Bighouse Gaines". Bighouse is world famous for winning 828 games as a college basketball coach, third on the all-time list. But it was his role as a maker of men that was really important, from the hundreds of young basketballers who passed through his programs to the troubled local teenagers down the street.

Click here to download the full calendar and list of programs by location. For more information, please call 336-703-3070.