Second Saturday Family History Workshop: Family Heritage Gardening

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The Kentucky Genealogical Society joins the Kentucky Historical Society with a series of free family history workshops each month at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History. Topics range from how to begin documenting your ancestry to specialized resources for experienced genealogists. (See bottom or side menu for registration information)

Session 1: Following the Flowers: Bringing Color to Your Family History through the Plants and Flowers They Left Behind

When visiting the homes, cemeteries, back roads and villages of your ancestors, it is important to cast a very watchful eye on the plants and flowers lurking in the surroundings. KHS Librarian Cheri Daniels will cover the fascinating stories and traditions associated with the living clues left behind.

Session 2: Heirloom Seeds: Appalachia's Gift To The World

Guest speaker and author Bill Best will explore the wondrous world of heirloom seeds and the family stories/experiences that are a fundamental part of this world. Best, author of the newly published book, "Saving Seeds, Preserving Taste: Heirloom Seed Savers in Appalachia," was also a professor, coach, and administrator at Berea College for forty years. His work also includes being a founding charter member of the Lexington Farmers’ Market, the Berea Farmers’ Market and serving for several years as the director of the Sustainable Mountain Agriculture Center located near Berea, Ky. This session will introduce you to the remarkable people who have used grafting practices and hand-by-hand trading to keep alive varieties that would otherwise have been lost.

Morning session runs from 10:30-11:30 a.m., followed by an hour break for lunch. Second session runs from 12:30-1:30 p.m. A light box lunch is available at a cost of $6 payable at the door when requested in advance. Registration for these free workshops is required by noon of the previous Friday.

**Immediately following this event, please join us for an Heirloom Garden Party in the Cralle Day Garden!**

For more information or to register, contact:

Martin F. Schmidt Research Library Reference Desk

(502) 564-1792, ext. 4460