The Ottawa County Genealogical Society will meet Monday, October 21st, in the Community Room of First National Bank, 1749 North Main Street, Miami, Oklahoma. Refreshments will be served at 6:00 p.m., with the program scheduled for 6:30 p.m. The public is, as always, encouraged to attend this free event, sponsored by the organization.
Award winning author, M. Carolyn Steele, Tulsa, Oklahoma, will present the program, “Capture Your Family’s Past” using heirlooms and antiques. Whether it is something as personal as a hand-made quilt or as utilitarian as a much-used tool, every heirloom has history. She will discuss the value of genealogical and historical research while encouraging each person to record the stories from his or her past. Tips on preserving old artifacts such as documents and fabric items will be included, as time permits.
Mrs. Steel combines her love of history, writing, and genealogy to inspire others to preserve their own family legends for the generations that follow. She states that “Combining my knowledge of storytelling and genealogy, I often speak to groups on the need to record family legends. These front porch or fireside stories survived through generations of telling before the distraction of television and high energy movies replaced after dinner or Sunday afternoon gatherings.”