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Mayoral proclamation for First Families Day and Family History Month in New Albany

Mayor Jeff Gahan has issued a dual proclamation declaring October 4, 2018 “First Families of Floyd, Clark, and Harrison Counties of Indiana Day” and October 2018 “Family History Month” in New Albany. First Families is a Southern Indiana Genealogical Society (SIGS) initiative that identifies early tri-county pioneers and their direct descendants and preserves those families’ histories. New Albany is one of several U.S. cities to formally observe Family History Month in October.

Mayor Gahan stated, “I am pleased to commend the Southern Indiana Genealogical Society for bringing attention to the rich heritage of our region. New Albanians are encouraged to remember, research, and share their family histories always--and particularly this October—Family History Month in New Albany.” 

The public is invited to attend the official presentation of the proclamation at the annual “Hoosier History and Heritage Celebration” on October 4 at 7 PM at the Floyd County 4-H Fairgrounds Newlin Hall. The Louisville (KY) Sons of the American Revolution Memorial Color Guard will open the formal program. Certificates will be awarded to the year’s First Families applicants with proven direct descent from ancestors in the area before 1841. Presenters will be Daniel Bays, Harrison County historian; Jeanne Burke, Clark County historian, and Melissa Wiseheart, Floyd County genealogist. 

A drop-in pioneer social will be held from 6 to 7 PM with local history and First Families displays and music by Indian Creek Bluegrass Band. The Falls of the Ohio Archaeological Society will exhibit regional artifacts. Other genealogists, historians, and reenactors will attend. Light refreshments will be served. Attendees are welcome to dress as pioneers. 

The First Families Project is co-sponsored by SIGS and the Floyd County Public Library Indiana Room. For more information about First Families or the Celebration, please visit sigsweb.org or call Donna Kepley Foster at 812-923-3492.

Pictured: The Louisville (KY) Sons of the American Revolution Memorial Color Guard will open the formal Celebration. 

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Event Date 10-04-2018 6:00 pm
Event End Date 10-04-2018 8:00 pm