08 May 2015

A Few May Genealogy Events

Here are a few genealogy events you might like to add to your calendar for this month (other than the NGS Family History Conference coming up next week!):

Dedication Ceremony/Father Dickson Cemetery

Saturday, 9 May 2015
845 Sappington Road, Crestwood, MO 63126
Noon/No fee/Open to all

This historic African-American cemetery will be dedicated as a stop on the Missouri state-wide Civil War driving trail (known as the U.S. Grant Trail) at a ceremony tomorrow. A two-foot by three-foot interpretive panel describing the historical significance of the cemetery and its namesake, Moses Dickson, will be set in place by several representatives from preservation and Civil War groups. The cemetery is the final resting place of more than 12,000 people, including veterans of all American wars. For more information on the cemetery, including driving directions, go to http://www.usgennet.org/usa/mo/county/stlouis/dickson/fdc.htm/. For more information on Missouri's Civil War Heritage Foundation, go to http://www.mocivilwar.org/.

Curators' Map Colloquium/Mercantile Library

"Going Off On Tangents: Maps, Railroads, and the Shortest Distance Between Two Points"
Lecture by Nick Fry, Curator of the John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library
Saturday, 23 May 2015
St. Louis Mercantile Library at UMSL, in the Thomas Jefferson Library
1:00–3:00 p.m./Fee and pre-registration required

For more information on this talk, including fees and how to register, go to http://www.umsl.edu/mercantile/events-and-exhibitions/index.html/ or call 314-516-7248.

Civil War Walking Tour/Bellefontaine Cemetery

"Homecoming: The Sesquicentennial: The End of the Civil War"
All-day event
Saturday, 30 May 2015
Bellefontaine Cemetery, 4947 W. Florissant Ave., St. Louis, MO 63115
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m./Free, but pre-registration required

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. This beautiful cemetery, filled with Civil War-era tombstones, is hosting an all-day event to celebrate this historic milestone. There will be Civil War reenactors, living history volunteers, and vendors on hand throughout the day. Participants can walk a two-mile path or, for a small fee, take a bus tour through the cemetery. For more information on this special day, including how to register, go to http://bellefontainecemetery.org/event/1680/ or call Daniel Fuller at 314-381-0750.