Saturday, July 14, 2012

FGS 2012 Conference Hosts Legendary Bluegrass Musician Bobby Horton


The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) proudly announces the appearance of legendary bluegrass musician Bobby Horton during its annual conference in Birmingham, Alabama, scheduled for August 29 - September 1, 2012. Birmingham-native Horton, who is best known for his Civil War-era music and his collaboration with Ken Burns, producer of the Civil War documentary, will appear at the historic Alabama Theatre on Wednesday evening, August 29, 2012.

This event, sponsored by FamilySearch and presented by the Alabama Genealogical Society, is available only to FGS 2012 Conference attendees. Tickets are $25 per person and include comfortable motor coach transportation to the theatre, light refreshments, and the Bobby Horton concert.

Upon arrival at the historic Alabama Theater which was built in 1927, guests will enjoy light refreshments in the spacious lobby and view the grandeur of one of the few remaining iconic theaters in America. The program will begin with organ music played on the mighty Wurlitzer Organ and a short film about the history of the Alabama Theatre. The main attraction will feature an evening of music with Birmingham native Bobby Horton. Horton is well-known in historic music circles for his thirty-five year career performing with the musical-comedy trio "Three on a String." He is probably best known however, for producing thirty-one music scores for PBS, A & E Network and the National Park Service, most notably, two PBS hit film series by Ken Burns, The Civil War and Baseball. Horton specializes in recording authentic period music and attendees will have a delightful evening in this historic setting.

Visit the FGS 2012 Conference website at http://www.fgs.org/2012conference to register for the conference and to purchase your tickets to this exciting event!

About the FGS 2012 Conference

This year’s conference theme is “Indians, Squatters, Settlers and Soldiers in the ‘Old Southwest’,” and the local host is the Alabama Genealogical Society (AGS).

This year's FGS conference offers an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in researching their family history. Over 175 educational sessions and 13 luncheons are designed to balance the needs of genealogists at all levels, exploring a variety of records, strategies, and other tools available to those interested in researching their family history. Special sessions include a wide variety targeting members and leaders of genealogical and historical societies. Other special events will include the FGS Evening Social at the historic Sloss Furnaces, Spotlight on Societies, and daily sponsored lectures provide an excellent environment to meet and network with others interested in family history and genealogy.

There are more activities and research opportunities too numerous to list. However, you can learn all about the 2012 FGS Conference and register for this exciting four-day event at http://www.fgs.org/2012conference. Be sure to also visit or subscribe to the FGS Conference Blog at http://www.fgsconferenceblog.org for more information and travel advice. We look forward to seeing you in Birmingham in August!

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