The Lincoln County Historical Association and Gaston-Lincoln Genealogical Society are pleased to present their fourth annual genealogical conference in historic downtown Lincolnton, North Carolina, on Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13, 2013.

On Friday, April 12, 2013, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Rodney J. Steward, Ph.D., will deliver a presentation titled "Seizing the Home Front: David Schenck and the Act of Sequestration", at Pleasant Retreat Academy/Memorial Hall on Pine Street in Lincolnton. Following the presentation, Steward will sign copies of his new book David Schenck and the Contours of Confederate Identity, published by University of Tennessee Press in 2012. Steward's presentation details the formation of the Southern Rights Party and its connection with secession and property confiscation under the Act of Sequestration. Schenck, of course, stands at the center of the talk. Although Sequestration takes center stage in this presentation, the talk is a demonstration of investigative biography.

The keynote speaker on Saturday morning, April 13, 2012, at 9:00 a.m., is Lincoln County native, Kevin Cherry, current Deputy Secretary of Archives and History in the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Cherry’s presentation, "Genealogy to Family History": Sources, obscure documents, and online resources, will provide the context for the entire conference.

We are pleased to have back at this year’s conference board-certified genealogist Kathy Sullivan, and Robert Carpenter, as well as welcome new speakers Reverend James L. Pyatt who will deliver a presentation on preserving church records, and A. Christopher Meekins, Correspondence Archives and Records Professional,

State Archives of North Carolina, for a presentation on effectively using the North Carolina Office of Archives and History in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Rodney Steward’s presentation and book signing will be held at the Pleasant Retreat Academy/Memorial Hall, 129 East Pine Street, Lincolnton, and all sessions on Saturday will be held at the Lincoln Cultural Center, 403 East Main Street, Lincolnton.

A copy of the schedule, information on the speakers, and registration form are included in the attached document.

Please let us know if you have any questions.    See also the Gaston-Lincoln Genealogical Society web page

Jason L. Harpe, Executive Director
Lincoln County Historical Association& Lincoln County Museum of History
403 East Main Street
Lincolnton, NC 28092
(704) 748-9090
Fax: (704) 732-9057