Albion Historical Society Speaker Series

Posted on Apr 12, 2017

Michigan Settlers Covered WagonYankees Trekking the Trail to Calhoun County
An Albion Historical Society Speaker Series Event

Wednesday, May 10 at 2:00 pm
Naomi Lane Room, Albion District Library

Speaker Brenda Leyndyke, president of the Calhoun County Genealogical Society and a board member of the Michigan Genealogical Council, will discuss “Yankees Trekking the Trail to Calhoun County.”  Leyndyke will provide attendees with the reasons for this migration, the effects this migration had on the state, the modes of transportation taken to get here, the influences New England had in South Central Michigan, and more specific information relating to Calhoun County.
For the past seven years Brenda Leyndyke has written an award-winning blog, “Journey to the Past,” a two-time winner of Family Tree Magazine’s 40 Best Genealogy Blogs.  She started researching her family ancestry ten years ago and has traveled to ancestral homes throughout the midwest and on the East Coast.  She has also presented at various genealogical societies in Michigan.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jennifer Wood in the Local History Room at (517) 629-3993.
An Albion Historical Society event, in partnership with Albion District Library.

Previous Events
1st Michigan Colored Troops in the Civil War

Wednesday, April 26 at 6:00 pm

The 1st Michigan Colored Troops, later known as the 102nd United States Colored Troops, was formed in 1863 and composed of volunteers from
southern Michigan, Detroit, and Ontario, Canada. This company of courageous men–some of them ex-slaves– saw action in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. They also fought beside the famed 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry soldiers (the subject of the film Glory).

Jim Jackson is a Calhoun County Genealogical Society (CCGS) past-president and a nationally-recognized researcher, writer, and lecturer on a wide variety of family and local history subjects, including Battle Creek’s Oak Hill Cemetery and Irish American, African American, and Native American servicemen in the Civil War. Area residents may also know him from his longtime involvement with the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jennifer Wood in the Local History Room at (517) 629-3993.

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