2019-04-10 / Arts & Entertainment

Margaretville Workshop Will Focus On Writing About Ancestors

The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown will sponsor a workshop on writing about ancestors from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at Fairview Public Library, 43 Walnut Street, Margaretville. There is a $5 fee. Register at or 845- 586-4973 by Friday.

Journalist and family history hunter Violet Snow will present “Your Family History: Writing a Narrative.” Violet has written about her family history for The New York Times “Disunion” blog, Civil War Times magazine, American Ancestors and The Woodstock Times.

To preserve family lore and genealogical research in the form of stories or to write an essay for publication, this one-session class will help those who attend decide where to start, or how to move forward.

“We’ll talk about finding an emotional hook to focus your narrative, the importance of details, the historical setting, and what these stories mean to the living,” explains Violet. “Writing exercises will provide an easy way into the subject, and everyone will go home with a strategy for sharing the stories of their ancestors.”

Participants should bring pen and paper, a few photos of ancestors and/or physical artifacts - historical documents or possessions - if available.

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