Monday, September 26, 2011

FGS Radio - State Society Panel Discussion – Issues and Projects

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Join us for the next episode of FGS Radio - My Society, an Internet radio show on Blog talk Radio presented by the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

This week’s episode hosted by Randy Whited is entitled State Society Panel Discussion – Issues and Projects. Our guests will include Harry Ross, President of the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies and Joyce Homan, Associate Director of The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. In addition, we’ll be highlighting The Friends of the Bohemian National Cemetery in our weekly Society Spotlight feature.


Harry Ross

Harry Ross is President of the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies and is a past President of the Longmont Genealogical Society. He has been researching his family history since 1990. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from the Ohio State University and recently retired from Regal Entertainment Group, the largest Motion Picture Theatre company in the United States. He is a member of the National Genealogical Society, Longmont Genealogical Society, W. I. S. E., ISBGFH, Genealogical Speakers Guild and the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Joyce Homan

Joyce Homan is the Associate Director of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Library and Information Science candidate at Drexel University. She is the former president of the student chapter of the Special Libraries Association, and a member of the National Genealogical Society, the American Libraries Association, and the Carpatho-Rusyn Society.


Society Spotlight

This week's Society Spotlight features the The Friends of Bohemian National Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois.

About Bohemian National Cemetery

  • At a mass meeting of the more than 20 Czech benevolent, fraternal, workingman's, gymnastic, and freethinkers societies on January 7th, 1877, Frantisek Zdrubek called on all Chicago societies to come together and create a "free national cemetery, where any Czech could be buried without regard to religion."
  • April 11, 1877 the Illinois Secretary of State issued the charter for the Bohemian National Cemetery Association articles of incorporation. According to this document the purpose of the Association was to provide suitable burial site for persons of Bohemian birth or extraction.
  • The cemetery is now open to people of all ethnicities and religions.
  • Spanning 126 acres, Bohemian National Cemetery has been called a beautiful Garden of the Dead and is a Chicago landmark and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Rich with both aesthetic and genealogical information, the cemetery is the final home for over 116,000 people.

About The Friends of Bohemian National Cemetery

  • Friends of Bohemian National Cemetery is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 2004 and is a separate organization from The Bohemian National Cemetery Association which operates the cemetery.
  • Our Mission: To promote the historical significance, enhance the beauty, and preserve the artistic heritage of Bohemian National Cemetery.
  • Our Vision: To create an appreciation of the cemetery in local, national and international audiences.
  • Friends has regular meetings with educational programs, conducts walking tours of the cemetery, and publishes a quarterly newsletter, Heritage Happenings. Friends also raises funds for the restoration and preservation of Bohemian National Cemetery.


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