MARQUETTE – The Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives will offer a series of workshops for people interested in family history and genealogy. The three sessions are scheduled from 6-8 p.m. on consecutive Tuesdays in April. Advance registration is required, as space in each is limited to 25 participants. Individuals can attend one or more events in the series.

          The first workshop, "Introduction to Family History," is free of charge and will be held April 5 in the Charcoal Room of the University Center. The NMU Archives and other community organizations will address how to get started on family history research. Each participating agency will present information on the materials it has available to the public. Organizations offering assistance include the Marquette County Historical Society, the Family History Center, the Marquette Genealogical Society, and the Bishop Baraga Association and Archives.

          "Making Your Own History," a free workshop offered April 12 in room 311 of the Learning Resources Center, will show people how to create and maintain their own histories. Presenters will have examples of journals and diaries, and will explain the importance of keeping these written records. They will also show how to document different artifacts. Participants are asked to bring in a document or artifact to share as a "mini show and tell."

          The final workshop in the series is "Preserving History." It will be held April 19 in room 311 of the Learning Resources Center. There is a $5 fee to participate. This interactive session will teach people how to preserve their photos and documents. Presenters will discuss preservation methods, as well as scrapbooking materials and techniques that will stand the test of time. They encourage participants to bring a document or photo to encapsulate, along with a pair of scissors.

          To register, contact coordinators Katie Allen or Natalie Scheidler at 227-1225 or

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Kristi Evans
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