Thursday, March 31, 2011

Brocks Gap Heritage Day April 16, 2011

Celebrate the past and present with us at the 21st annual Brocks Gap Heritage Day, Sat., April 16, 2011, at Fulks Run Elementary School, Fulks Run, VA, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

See old photos of Brocks Gap families, use our books to do research, talk with other researchers, watch spinners turning wool into yarn.  Three new programs this year:

11:30   Researching Family History at Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society by Pat Messick
1:00     Snips, Strips, Mutants, and Ancestors: Using DNA for family history research.  by David F. Ritchie
2:30     Belsnickeling Program, an old Brocks Gap Christmas-time custom, by Audrey Turner McLendon.  We’ll “Let the Belsnickelers In” and try to guess their identities. 
If you have any Brocks Gap roots, you'll be related to many of the people who attend.  If you don’t have BG roots, we’ll make you a cousin for the day.

We have over 130 tri-fold posters of some of our old photo collections arranged by families, by churches, schools, activities such as logging, butchering, etc.  Pat Ritchie’s personal library of family, local and regional histories will be available to use for your research. 

Other researchers will gather, share their material & sell their books.  New books will be for sale, and the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society will be there with other books to sell. 

If you have old photos of Brocks Gap families, bring them to be copied for future books.  This year we are especially looking for photos and stories about Fulks Run Elementary School for a book about its first 50 years.
First grade class, 1962, Fulks Run Elem. School

The event is free.  Donations are accepted to purchase tombstones for our family cemeteries.  We've placed stones in 8 cemeteries so far and have more to do. 

Turner Ham sandwiches (made with a Brocks Gap recipe) and other food will be sold in the cafeteria.

For table space, let me know by April 10th so we can plan.  It's Bring Your Own Table & extension cord (the gym has very few outlets.)  We rent tables from a Harrisonburg firm, and if you'd like us to rent you a table, it's $10.  Set up will be Friday April 15 from 5 until 6:30 p.m. and Sat. morning at 9:30.   

Last year 425 people attended from 12 different states, plus a Canadian couple and a woman from Germany.  We hope to see you at Brocks Gap Heritage Day this year.

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