Next Event 11/13/18 "A Little History of Matildaville and the Patowmack Canal"

Friday, November 02, 2018 1:11 PM | Katie Whitman (Administrator)

Please join us for "A Little History of Matildaville and the Patowmack Canal" presented by Elaine McRey. Immediately following the presentation, Ms. McRey will offer information on how to convert your “old fashioned” slides, tapes, photos, and movies for free at the Virginia Room in Fairfax. 

When: Tuesday, November 13th 

What time: Dessert, coffee, and slideshow at 7:00pm. The presentation begins at 7:30pm

Where: The Great Falls Library

Description: Learn about George Washington’s grand plans for the Great Falls area, which ultimately proved unsuccessful. There will also be a brief description of the library’s Memory Depot, a DIY digitization station to allow you to preserve your own memories on VHS tapes, photos, slides, and more. 

Elaine McRey has been interested in genealogy since her grandmother told her that when the Mayflower landed, her ancestors were waiting on shore to welcome them.  But now she knows the first rule of genealogy--don't believe everything you hear about your own family history, even if your grandmother tells you it's true!  Elaine's been working in public libraries since 1990 and earned her library degree in 1999.  After a short stint working near Colonial Williamsburg and watching Thomas Jefferson come in every day to use the Internet, she joined the staff at the City of Fairfax Regional Library.  She's been a librarian in the Virginia Room since 2008.  She spends more time helping others with their genealogy than working on her own, but luckily, she's not the only genealogist in the family.  It must be hereditary.


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