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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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    • 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.
  • Annual Dinner Meeting
  • Remembering the Salem Witch Trials: The Limits and Possibilities of Public history
  • Justices of the Peace: Miscellany, Mischief, Marriages, and More!


Date:  June 27, 2017

Annual Dinner Meeting

"Isaiah Thomas - Patriot Printer"

Theatrical performance by Neil Gustafson

The Isaiah Thomas - Patriot Printer program will be brought to life by an interactive theatrical performance by professional actor, Neil Gustafson. in this performance Thomas's own story and the history of the nation's founding will be told through a selection of documents created or collected by Thomas. All the historic documents and graphic images described in the theatrical presentation come from the collections of the American Antiquarian Society, a national research library of the American history, literature and culture.

Neil Gustafson is a member of both Actors Equity and the Screen Adtors Guild - American Federation of Television, and Radio Artists. His list of credits includes work with the Worcester Foothills Theatre Company, the Wheelock Family Theater, the Lyric Stage and other regional theatre companies. Gustafson also has extensive experience performing for young audiences, having toured nationally for three years with the Chamber Theatre Company, and presenting Isaiah Thomas in schools since 2001.

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Date:  July 25, 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 Post, We're History, and many other sites, and is a member of the Scholars Strategy Network.

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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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