January 2016 started off with a bang on January 4. For some reason I have inherited the starting program for each new year at the Fort Collins Civil War Roundtable. At least the last four years have been that way. This year I presented a program entitled Lady Spies of the Civil War.
My main concern with this arrangement is the weather. The first Monday in January can be very cold and may be deep with snow. Not only do I dislike getting out in it, but so would the audience, but this year I lucked out and it was a bright, sunny day, with just a slight reminder of our White Christmas on the ground. The room was packed with about 60 people. The program was well received and I enjoyed presenting it very much. It was a good start to the new year.
Next up was January 11 in Loveland at a repeat presentation of Falling In Love WithYour Ancestors. This was at Mirasol Senior Community where I gave the program on December 12 to the group called the Mirasol Dudes. They liked it so much they asked if I would give it to the rest of the community. Of course, I never say "no" to an opportunity to talk about genealogy.
It was a very small turnout, but I enjoyed it none the less.
The rest of January has been figuring out my new job as Vice President of the Larimer County Genelaogical Society. I have also been finishing up two new Power Point presentations. My new interest is the pre Civil War era in Kansas. What an emotional, violent, radical time that was, best known as Bleeding Kansas.
It interests me because I have ancestors living in Kansas before it became the 34th State in 1861. My paternal great grandmother's parents, Dennis and Margaret Pryor Meech were in Kansas on the 1860 Kansas Territorial Census. They were witness to this chaotic and violent mayhem.
It looks like 2016 will be another fun and fast moving year. I am ready for whatever it brings. Stayed tuned for further developements. Patj