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    Cost of Annual Membership: Individual: $15.00 Family: $20.00; Organization: $25.00 Read More
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    Meetings are held from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the American Legion Post #129, 22 Elm Street, Gardner, MA 01440 Read More
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    Members of CMGS have compiled several publications. Read More
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    • Welcome to the Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society, Inc.
    • CMGS was founded 29 June 1993 in Gardner, Massachusetts.
    • Membership is open to all those interested in family history.
    • We meet January through October on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 7:00 to 9:00PM. Our November meeting is on the third Tuesday in November from 7:00 to 9:00PM. There is no meeting in December
    • Membership extends from January to December.
    • Our members are always happy to help those just starting with genealogy or with questions for finding their ancestors.
    • Guests are welcome for a $2.00 donation.
    • Please use the navigation menu to see further details about our organization.
  • Justices of the Peace: Miscellany, Mischief, Marriages, and More!
  • Remembering the Salem Witch Trials: The Limits and Possibilities of Public History
  • How Fitchburg's Abolitionists Preserved the True Meaning of the Civil War for Seven Decades


Date:  August 22, 2017

"Justices of the Peace:  Miscellany, Mischief, Marriages, and More!"

Speaker:  Diane Gravel

Diane Florence Gravel is a Certified Genealogist, who began her genealogical journey about 1995 when she stumbled upon some online lessons and census records and, as a self-proclaimed library nerd, she decided she wanted to do genealogy research professionally.

To augument her self-studies and personal experience, Diane has attended numerous conferences and workshops and has taken courses through the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research, the National Institute on Genealogical Research, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the National Genealogical Society. As a professional genealogist, she has held various positions, both nationally and regionally, as a genealogy speaker, library trustee, society board member and most recently as the President of the new Hampshire Society of Genealogists. Diane was also a guest speaker at the 2017 NERGC recently held in Springfield, MA.


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Date:  September 26, 2017

"Remembering the Salem Witch Trials:  The Limits and Possibilities of Public History"

Speaker:  Benjamin Railton, PhD

Ben Railton is a Professor of English Studies and the Coordinator of American Studies at Fitchburg State University. He is the author of four books, most recently History and Hope in American Literature: Models of Critical Patriotism (2016). He writes the daily AmericanStudier blog, is a frequent contributor to Huffington PostWe're History, and many other sites, and is a member of the Scholars Strategy Network.

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Date:  October 24, 2017

"How Fitchburg's Abolitionists Preserved the True Meaning of the Civil War for Seven Decades"

Speaker:  Darren Barry

Despite the nation's deliberate whitewashing of the civil War's fundamental issues of slavery and racial equality, the small town of Fitchburg, Massachusetts remembered the country's greatest conflict and a mission to preserve the Union and to free four million slaves from bondage. In this provocative presentation Darren Barry examines the individuals and families that made up Fitchburg's abolitionist community and how they worked to preserve the true meaning of the Civil War over the course of seven decades.

Darren Barry is a local historian and high school history teacher. His first published work, "The Unity of the Republic and the Freedom of an Oppressed Race: Fitchburg's Civil War Soldiers' Monument, 1874" appears in the January 2017 issue of the Historical Journal of Massachusetts.

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