Workshops, tours, slumber party highlight genealogy, research program
State Historical Library and Iowa Genealogical Society offer Family History Collection Connection Day

For immediate release July 10, 2008


Contact: Jeff Morgan,, (515) 281-3858

(DES MOINES) –The State Historical Library and the Iowa Genealogical Society will present Family History Collection Connection Day July 19-20, 2008, with tours, workshops and a slumber party.

The event kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 19 with a Welcome & Resources Review at the IGS Research Library, 628 E. Grand Avenue in Des Moines. Tours of IGS will be offered all day.

Following the review, participants will tour the State Historical Library and Archives Reading Room where they will learn about collections, databases, vital records and how to research military records for documenting family history.

At 4 p.m., IGS Vice President Dennis Allen will review and offer research tips during a 90-minute Internet Genealogy class. The IGS Slumber Party will be 5 p.m.-9 a.m. and provide 16 additional hours of family history research and fun throughout the IGS library and offices.

The event is open to the public. IGS members receive free admission. Non-IGS members’ admission is $10 for the daytime events and $15 for the IGS Slumber Party. Contact IGS’ Denise Gripp at 515-961-8277 or for more information.

The State Historical Library and Archives Reading Room is open to the public 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.


 The State Historical Society of Iowa is a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa’s past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa’s historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state.

 Iowa Genealogical Society is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create and foster an interest in genealogy and to aid others in researching their family history. IGS was founded in 1965 by a small group of dedicated genealogists who met in members' houses and carried the original collection in an orange crate. Our state-of-the-art facility integrates technology with traditional research. The facility provides a wireless network, high speed Internet access, a bank of computers, and a reader-printer that scans microfilm images.

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