LaPorte County Genealogical Society's annual dinner meeting on December 11, Patricia Harris was named the society's Genealogist of the Year. Harris is one of two still-active charter members of the society, a past president and current board member, a volunteer at Michigan City Public Library, an authority on Catholic records and Polish research, and the author of a number of historical and genealogical publications including Camp Anderson 1863-1864: Michigan City's Civil War Camp.
The award was presented by Fern Eddy Schultz (photo: Fern Eddy Schultz, left; Patricia Harris, right) following a convivial dinner at the Western Inn. Besides Schultz, the awards committee includes Dorothy Palmer and chairman Gloria Arndt.
Weather permitting, the genealogy society meets at the Swanson Center for Older Adults, 910 State Street, La Porte, on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 pm. The public is welcome at all meetings. Membership dues are $10 individual, $12 family. The January 8, 2013 meeting will be a sharing time with members and guests bringing in favorite artifacts, stories, or research wins to tell about.