Conference on Local History on campus April 4

A Civil War history, Great Lakes shipwrecks and North Toledo’s African-American community will be the subjects of speakers at the annual Conference on Local History, set for April 4 in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

BGSU’s Center for Archival Collections will host the event in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom, beginning with registration at 9 a.m.

The conference will open at 10 a.m. with the presentation of this year's
Local History Publication Award in both Academic Scholar and Independent Scholar categories.

Last year’s recipient of the Independent Scholar Award, Kevin McCray, will then discuss the journey of exploration and discovery that began with a family funeral and culminated with the 2003 publication of “A Shouting of Orders,” his history of the 99th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, a Civil War regiment. The Lima native and 1977 BGSU graduate, who will speak at 10:30 a.m., researched and wrote the book over a 10-year period.

After lunch, technical diver Joyce Hayward will address "History Beneath the Waves." In her 1:15 p.m. presentation, Hayward, a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame, will relate examples of stories revealed in Great Lakes shipwrecks, how shipwrecks are studied and documented by divers working with historians, and how appreciation of shipwrecks enriches understanding of the region's history.

The day’s final session, at 2:30 p.m., will feature Dr. Kimberly Caldwell, who will chronicle the longtime African-American presence in North Toledo. An assistant principal at Libbey High School in Toledo, she will trace the legacy of one family, the Lawsons, from Dahomey, West Africa, to Mobile, Ala.’s, AfricaTown, to North Toledo's Stickney community - where Caldwell was raised.

The noon luncheon is included in the $25 registration fee. The fee is only $7.50, covering lunch, for members of the campus community. Register by Thursday (March 30) by calling Sue Frost at the Center for Archival Collections at 2-2411, emailing, faxing 2-0155 or completing the printable registration form online at Four hours of continuing education units are available to those requesting them at the time of registration.

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March 27, 2006