Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Did Grandma Have a Filling Station? - Recovering Hidden History

October CCGS Meeting to Focus on Local Histories Recovered from Overlooked Municipal Records

Shari Strahan
The October 18 meeting will feature a collaborative presentation by Sara Campbell and Shari Strahan covering the wealth of local history that can be uncovered from town records. The title of their presentation is "Did Grandma Have a Filling Station? - Recovering Hidden History from Married Women's Business Certificates"

Sara and Shari have painstakingly digitized women's business certificates found in several town clerk's vaults and have analyzed them to see how they fit into local history. Who were these business women? Why did they do what they did? Using historic newspapers, business directories, census and vital records they will re-tell these forgotten stories of enterprising women. Both presenters have taught workshops in genealogy at Greenfield Community College in western Massachusetts, and they have presented to a number of genealogy societies across the state. Visit Sara's blog ( for additional background.

Sara Campbell

Our meeting will take place at the Brewster Ladies' Library, Rt 6A, Brewster, on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 10 a.m. All are invited to come early for socializing and refreshments at 9:30.

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