20299CGSI Conference - Houston - October 15/18, 2003
- Oct 1, 2003
Czech Genealogy Conference
Anyone interested in learning more about their cultural roots in Texas will find a great source at the 2003 Genealogical/Cultural Conference at the Ornni Houston Hotel Westside. This is the ninth biennial conference organized by the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society, International (CGSI), the largest Czech genealogy organization in this country. CGSI is based in St. Paul, Minnesota and supports ancestry from territories within the original 1918 country of Czechoslovakia including families of Czech, Bohemian, Moravian, Slovak, German, Hungarian, Rusin, Jewish, and Silesian origin.
This is the first CGSI convention held in Texas. Its theme is "The Lone Star Experience" and is co-hosted by the Texas Czech Genealogical Society.
The conference features 45 professional lecture presentations starting Thursday, October 16 and running through Saturday, October 18, 2003. Topics cover a wide range of Texas-Czech and European homeland experiences from the 19th century to today.
Special tours of "The Painted Churches of Texas, " Galveston Island (the port of entry for many early
immigrants), and the Houston Library and Czech Museums are planned for Wednesday and Thursday. Bus transportation, professional tour guides, and meals are provided.
Evening meals and entertainment are available at the Omni Hotel. An emceed Parade of Kroje will review authentic folk dress on Friday night. Saturday evening will feature a Texas Barbecue Buffet followed by Czech and Slovak Folk Music including Sister Anita Smisek, Robert Dvorak, Robert Ermis and other Czech Folk entertainers.
Special accommodations are provided during the conference for researching ancestry and family histories. An on-site research library makes available reference books, maps, and microfiche plus a computer lab. A staff fluent in Czech, Slovak, and German will assist in language translations. A Networking Room will be set up for translating, sharing information, and posting messages. A Wall of Honor will display family ancestry certificates. A Vendor Room will offer a wide selection of genealogical books, supplies, folk art, ethnic products, collectibles, music, and lecture audio tapes. The Harris County Chapter of the Czech Heritage Society will have hospitality and research assistance at the CHS Library, including shuttle transportation to and from the Omni.
For further information and registration, please see the CGSI web site www.cgsi.org or contact Conference Chairperson Paul Makousky at PaulMCzech@... or 651-739-7583.