By Angie Georgeff
Each year the holidays provide us with opportunities to gather our families and strengthen the ties that bind living generations. They also give us a chance to recall loved ones who are no longer with us. These reminiscences allow children to become acquainted with their ancestors and learn how their family fits into the mosaic of American history.
My mother used to talk about Christmases during the Great Depression when most of the presents were made at home. My grandfather built cradles, tables and chairs of scrap lumber for Mama’s baby dolls while my grandmother made clothes for the dolls. Mama even dressed her cat, which was an exceptionally obliging creature, in those same little clothes and wheeled him around in her doll carriage. In turn, my grandmother remembered – quite vividly – the time her younger brother decided to give her doll a funeral and then forgot where he buried it. She may have forgiven, but she never forgot!
In fact, my grandmother talked so much about her family that I used to be surprised when I spoke to people who didn’t know much about their ancestors. I’m no longer surprised, just eager to help. If you would like to learn how your forbears connect you to the past, come to our next genealogy workshop. It will be held here at the library at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8. Whether you’re just beginning your search or running up against a massive “brick wall,” we’ll answer your questions and suggest search strategies. Seating is limited, so please register by calling 743-6533.
The Board of Trustees of the Unicoi County Public Library will meet in the library lobby at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18. The public is welcome to attend. If you require any special accommodations in order to attend the meeting, please call 743-6533 for assistance.
The annual meeting of the Unicoi County Public Library Foundation will be held on Thursday, Jan. 18. Members and the public are invited to attend. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that was established to provide financial support to our library. I’m not exaggerating when I say we couldn’t keep going without them. The amount they contribute each year constitutes approximately one-third of our operating budget. If you are interested in sustaining and improving library services in Unicoi County, please join us at this meeting and become a patron of the Foundation with a contribution of $25 or more.