The Tulare County Library has designated October as Family History Month in the Visalia Library Branch.
The month-long series of events begin when author Terry Ommen speaks as part of the Friends of the Library Author Series on Saturday, October 4th at 7 p.m. This conversation, about Terry’s latest book, Wild Tulare County: Outlaws, Rogues, and Rebels, will highlight the trials and tribulations of past Tulare County families. Since every family has their own rogues and rebels, this will be a fitting start to the month-long spotlight on families and history.
Ever wondered how to take care of those fragile pieces of family history? Archivist Christopher Livingston, MLIS, will speak on “Preserving Family Memories: not just Fruits and Vegetables” on Tuesday, October 14th at 5 p.m. Mr. Livingston is the archivist for California State University, Bakersfield. He worked for Kern County as head of their genealogy and local history department before joining Cal State. His expertise, which comes from years of working with fragile documents and materials, will benefit those attending the lecture. Mr. Livingston’s talk will cover basic preservation techniques for important family documents and photographs that tell a family’s history. There will be time after the presentation for questions from the audience.
On Wednesday, October 15th at 6:30, the Mystery Readers Group will be reading A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny. This, the fourth book in the enormously popular Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series, features the detective and his wife on a long weekend to celebrate their anniversary. But, even in an idyllic location, a family reunion leads to a death and Gamache’s powers of detection are called upon to solve the death in this Agatha and Anthony award-winning series.
A session called “The Cheapskate’s Guide to Absolute Beginning Genealogy” will be held on Tuesday, October 21st at noon. Considered to be one of the top two hobbies in the United States (along with gardening), this very basic introductory class will show how to begin finding those elusive ancestors and how to start family research. Attendees will work with the basic paper forms to start their search, so this class will be friendly to all ages and skill levels.
On Tuesday, October 28th at 1 p.m., there will be a tour of the Annie Mitchell History Room. This room, named in honor of Tulare County historian Annie R. Mitchell, contains documents, maps, books, genealogies, pictures, census records and important county records relating to the history of Tulare County. Small groups will be able to see first-hand what Ms. Mitchell’s commitment to preservation has created for patrons of the History Room.
The final event of the month will celebrate Dia De Los Muertos on Friday, October 31st at 3 p.m. In continuing with the theme of family history, this event is designed to honor family ancestors by remembering them and their contributions to our lives. A family-centric afternoon of crafts (with glitter!) will complete this event, so please stop by the library before heading out for Trick or Treat fun!
All events are free and no reservations are required.