The Genealogical Society of Marion County, in cooperation with the Indiana Historical Society, will hold their 17th annual genealogy conference on Saturday, November 16 from 9 am to 5 pm at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center (450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis IN). Joan Hostetler of Heritage Photo and Research Services will be the featured speaker, and the conference theme is "Photographic History, Preservation and Archiving."
The day will begin with a session on the history of photography - everything from daguerreotypes to digital images. Hostetler will then share tips on how to date the image based on the photographer, format, clothing and hair styles, vehicles, and other props. After lunch, she will explore important preservation factors to consider such as safe storage environments and materials as well as how to properly mark photographs. In addition, Hostetler will address pertinent questions on how to create a family archive: Should you use boxes or create an album? Is it a good idea to place images online? What are the best ways to share photographs with family? What if there are no family photographs to be found? How can local historical societies be of service and should you consider donating any materials yourself? The day will conclude with Hostetler viewing attendees' photographs and helping to demystify them.
Registration for the conference is $32 for GSMC members and IHS members, or $40 for non-members - it includes lunch, free parking, discounts in the IHS bookstore and access to IHS exhibitions. For members who register before October 15th, it is only $30.
For more information, including how to register, please download the conference flyer (PDF).