Saturday, August 26, 2006

What do the Archivist of the United States, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island, President of NEHGS and Abraham Lincoln have in common?

I could just stop here and let you find out at the conference. Hmmmm . . .

They all play important parts in the FGS/NEHGS conference that begins in a few days.

First, Abraham Lincoln will be greeting registrants and passers by at the Prudential Mall entrance to the Hynes Convention Center on Tuesday, August 29th. That day from 3:00-7:00 p.m. registrants may pick up your registration materials at the Hynes. Not registered? You can register at those same times and on any of the conference days.

Lincoln himself won’t be there, but George Cheevers has an uncanny resemblance to Lincoln (though several inches taller at six foot ten inches), and also presents himself in the Lincoln re-enactor wardrobe as a thoughtful and knowledgeable student of Lincoln, the man. Read More
Cheevers has an undergraduate degree in Economics from Harvard, a Masters degree in education from the University of Massachusetts, and is continuing advanced studies in English and American Literature. He is an educator in history as well as English as a Second Language in the Boston school system, and has also taught in Japan. He also worked for several years as a legislative aid in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

Second, The Archivist of the United States, Dr. Allen Weinstein, one of the Keynote speakers, is being introduced by The Honorable Frank J. Williams, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island and a member of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. Justice Williams has been a leader in the Lincoln community and a Lincoln scholar for 30 years. He is the founding Chair of The Lincoln Forum and author of over 11 books including Judging Lincoln and The Emancipation Proclamation - Three Views.

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the first Keynote Speaker, Dr. Allen Weinstein, was appointed as the ninth Archivist of the United States in 2005. Dr. Weinstein is a noted scholar and professor of history and a recognized leader in global democracy issues. He is a former Professor of History who has held positions at Boston University, Georgetown University, and Smith College, is the author of numerous essays and books, including The Story of America (2002), The Haunted Wood: Soviet Espionage in America-The Stalin Era (1999), Perjury: The Hiss-Chambers Case (1978 & 1997), and Freedom and Crisis: An American History (3rd edition, 1981). From 1985 to 2003, he served as President of The Center for Democracy in Washington, DC. His international awards include the United Nations Peace Medal (1986).

Fourth, the other Keynote Speaker is D. Brenton Simons, President and CEO of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. He is the author of Witches, Rakes, and Rogues: True Stories of Scam, Scandal, Murder, and Mayhem, in Boston, 1630-1775. Simons is also the author of The Langhornes of Langhorne Park and the originator and co-editor of The Art of Family: Genealogical Artifacts in New England. A native of New Haven, Connecticut and a graduate of Boston University, Mr. Simons lives in Boston. He currently appears as a guest narrator on "The Boston Audissey, See the Sites -- Hear the Legends," an audio walking tour of Boston.

The Keynote Speakers will appear during the conference Plenary Session on August 31st at 8:00 a.m.

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