MN History Center

345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102


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2018 Mar 22


Writing Your Family Legacy Conference

Writing Your Family Legacy Conference

Saturday, October 15, 2016, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

$150/$125 Loft and MNHS members
Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., Saint Paul

Registration is now closed.

Print full conference schedule here

Who Should Attend?
The Minnesota Historical Society in partnership with the Loft Literary Center’s Writing Your Family Legacy Conference is the conference for those who are looking to learn more about how to research and write about their family histories. Whether you are looking for motivation to start or experts to help you craft the work you’ve already begun, this is the conference for you.
Getting here 
On Oct. 15, our visitors will not be able to reach the History Center other than coming up Kellogg Blvd from downtown, due to road work on John Ireland, Marion & Kellogg Blvds. Here is a map with more information.
Schedule at a Glance
9 am - Conference check-in begins
10 am - Keynote address with Patricia Hampl
11 am - Coffee break
11:30 am - Breakout Session One
  • Narrative Magic: Embracing or Rejecting “The Facts” in Order to Tell the Story with Shannon Gibney  (W, L)
  • Researching Minnesota Newspaper Collections with Brigid Shields (G)
  • Hidden Photos – Pictures in Unexpected Places with Linda James (G)
  • Fact and Speculation: How to Write a True Story with Cheri Register (W)
  • Doing History with Heart with Annette Atkins and Peg Meier (W)
12:30 pm - Lunch
1:30 pm - Breakout Session Two
  • Turning Points: Uncovering & Writing Your Life’s Pivotal Moments with Brenda Hudson (W, L)
  • He Came From Everywhere & Nowhere—Using a Four-Generation Case Study to Break Through a Brick Wall with Mica Anders (G)
  • Beyond Google & Grandma: How to Find Your Family’s Records in Archives and Special Collections Libraries with Jennifer Rian (G)
  • From Inspiration to Publication with Frank White, Josh Leventhal and Ann Regan (W)
  • Telling Your Travels: Putting Words to Place with Eric Dregni (W)
2:45 pm - Breakout Session Three
  • Our Family Stories and History with Nicole Helget (W, L)
  • If Walls Could Talk: Uncovering the History of Your House with Jackie Beckey (G)
  • Devil Is in the Details with Taiyon J. Coleman (W)
  • How Do We Interpret the Past? with Brenda J. Child (W, G)
  • Behind-the-Scenes Library Tour (G)

4 pm - Conference Endnote with Diane Wilson

Session Focus Key
W: Writing
L: The Loft Literary Center Sponsored
G: Genealogy

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should attend this conference?
The Writing Your Family Legacy Conference will provide hands-on learning opportunities for family historians and writers of all levels of experience. Participants will  learn how to research, write, and preserve family legacies through the expertise of nationally renowned authors, genealogists, and editors including Patricia Hampl, Diane Wilson, Shannon Gibney, Eric Dregni and Cheri Register.
What does the registration fee include?
Excellent speakers
Keynote Presentation by award-winning author Patricia Hampl
Special Breakout Sessions focusing on Writing, Research and Genealogy
Optional Behind-the-scenes tours of MNHS’s library collections
What should I bring to the conference?
Something to write and take notes with - paper and pencil or laptop. (Please note: laptops are fine, but the space does not have enough outlets to accommodate every conference attendee. We recommend you bring your laptop fully charged and be collegial in sharing the outlets throughout the building.) The Minnesota Historical Society will provide lunch and will have coffee and water available throughout the day.
I am new at writing, researching and genealogy, is this conference suitable for me?
Absolutely, beginners revitalize the field. This conference welcomes and encourages participants of all levels. Sessions will fit all participants and there will be opportunities to ask questions from facilitators. 
When does registration open?
Registration opens to Minnesota Historical Society and Loft members only beginning June 15, 20156. Register online at
When does registration close?
October 5, 2016. 
What are the exact times of the conference?
The conference will take place Saturday October 15th, 2016. The daylong workshop will go from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with registration opening at 9 a.m.
How much is the conference?
Price is $125 for MNHS and Loft members, and $150 for non-members.
Do you offer scholarships?
Yes.  The Writing Your Family Legacy Conference offers a limited number of scholarships to participants who are racially/ethnically diverse, from the LGBTQ community or to persons with disabilities. Minnesota’s demographics are changing fast, yet Minnesota’s history still remains largely incomplete due to lack of inclusion of many of the diverse narratives in Minnesota's history. This scholarship fund is designed to increase the accessibility of the museum and its programs to diverse communities historically underrepresented in the Society and in the public history field.
The Fellowship Award includes:
Complimentary conference registration
Complimentary parking for the day
To apply, please submit a single document with the following:
Essay (no longer than 400 words) addressing the following question: How will your participation at the conference contribute to your professional or personal growth and experience?
Full name and contact information 
Submit to Maren Levad at The Fellowship application deadline is September 15, 2016
What is your refund/cancellation policy?
Registrants who are unable to attend the workshop may substitute someone to attend in their place; substitutions will be made at the registration desk the day of the event. No refunds or credits will be granted for non-attendance or cancellations.
Is Lunch provided with conference admission?
Yes, lunch will be catered by D’Amico. Vegetarian options will be provided. If you have any other food restrictions please do not hesitate to contact us, so that we may best serve you.
Directions & Parking
Is the conference accessible?
MNHS and the Loft want to make this conference as accessible as possible to all participants. ASL interpreters are available upon request with minimum 3 weeks notice. Call 651-259-3400 for more information. Wheelchairs are available at no charge on a first-come, first-serve basis from the ticketing desk on the first floor. Electric scooters are also available with valid ID.  For more information about accessibility see or contact or 651-259-3480.