Saturday will be the first 2016 meeting of the Central New York Genealogical Society (CNYGS). It will include a presentation about Orphan Asylums and a roundtable discussion about lineage societies. Come join us as we explore these topics and get together after a long winter! I certainly plan on being there.
My thanks to Janet Brown from the program committee for not only putting this together, but also providing the following detailed information for everybody:
Meetings will be held at the Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church, 5299 Jamesville Rd., DeWitt, NY
Directions. From the south - take I481 North to exit 2 - Jamesville; turn left on Jamesville Rd; go 1.1 mi; church is on the left. From the north - take I481 South from either the Thruway or I690, or from the northern suburbs to exit 3W Dewitt. Merge onto E. Genesee St (route 5) heading west. First light is Erie Blvd, next light is Jamesville
Guests are welcome for a $5 donation per half-day session. April’s full day program is $10.
Annual membership dues: $30.00
Contact person: Janet Brown PHONE: 607-753-3461 E-MAIL: JanetBro7@gmail.com
CNYGS website: www.cnygs.org E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
CNYGS address: PO Box 104 Colvin Station, Syracuse, NY 13205
CNYGS blog: http://cnygs.blogspot.com
March 19, 2016 - 1:00 - 4:00 PM
A Lineage Roundtable Discussion will follow Mr. Keene’s lecture. Guests will be David Morton, Robert Gang, Mary Raye Casper, and Walley Francis, representing several local lineage societies including the Daughter of the American Revolution, the Sons of the American Revolution, The Society of the Cincinnati, the General Society of the War of 1812, the Military Society of the War of 1812, the Mayflower Society, Sons and Daughters of Pilgrims, Bench and Bar, Order of Americans of Armorial Ancestry, Hereditary Society of Teachers, Founders of Hartford, Saints and Sinners, St. Margaret’s, Justicars, Order of the Crown of Charlemagne, Dutch Colonial Society, Antebellum Planters, The Winthrop Society, Pilgrim Hopkins Heritage Society, the Roger Williams Family Association, Colonial Governors and the Descendants of Cape Cod and the Islands.
After Michael Keene’s lecture and the Lineage Roundtable discussion conclude attendees will have sufficient time to break out and speak to the lecturers individually.
For Immediate Release:
New Book, Abandoned, Explores Mid-Nineteenth Century New York Orphan Asylums
February 2014 — New York — From the author of Mad-House; Folklore and Legends of Rochester; and Murder, Mayhem and Madness comes Abandoned: The Untold Story of Orphan Asylums (www.Ad- Hoc-Productions.com). Within the pages of Abandoned, author Michael Keene delves into the “age of orphan asylums” in mid-nineteenth century New York.
Recently published by Willow Manor Publishing, Abandoned presents eye- opening, true-to-life tales of the Five Points area of New York City and the desperation of a million Irish immigrants who hoped to find better conditions in New York after leaving behind the famine they experience in their homeland in 1848. Unfortunately, after arriving in Lower Manhattan, they found squalor, gang violence and disease.
Within a few years, the area was home to 30,000 orphaned and homeless children, who roamed New York City and resorted to petty crime, begging, and selling newspapers for a nickel a piece. Most slept in alleyways, cellar and sewers, ultimately joining violent gangs — like the Bowery Boys — for protection.
As a result of this crisis, the Age of Orphan Asylums began, culminating in one of the most improbable and audacious episodes in American history. Known as the Orphan Train Movement, everyday heroes endeavored to rescue and liberate these children who were lost to the streets or in the hands of uncaring institutions.
About the Author:
Michael Keene is the award-winning producer of Visions, True Stories of Spiritualism, Secret Societies & Murder. He worked as a financial planner in the financial services industry for 25 years and currently lives in Pittsford, New York. To contact Michael Keene for interviews, presentations or book signings, visit www.Ad-Hoc-Productions.com, call 800.648.8909, or email email@example.com.