Conference Bag for IGHR 2011
The long awaited week at Samford has begun! I arrived today after a flight from Baltimore, Thurgood Marshall International Airport. This time I ran into several familiar faces at the boarding gate---some from the same class that I took last year, and others were familiar faces from the Drury Inn where I stayed last year as well as this year.
At the airport I ran into friend and genealogy colleague Selma Stewart from Hampton VA, and we were fortunate to catch a ride from the airport with genealogist Shamele Jordon. She rented a car, was picking up another fellow genealogist when she graciously gave us a ride as well.
On route, while our photo was being taken, from the front seat, with Shamele's I-Pad, I took my cell phone to capture the same moment from the back seat.
A photo of a photo being taken
How wonderful to see old friends and new checking in for another week of classes.
Crystal Simmons of Chicago & Selma Stewart of Newport News, Virginia, checking in on Sunday
The cool temperatures inside the library welcomed attendees, as all lined up to receive the Institute materials prepared for everyone.
I was fascinated to see that many folks are busy capturing their experiences on film or with digital cameras. Some are busy tweeting on the Twitter group "#IGHR and others are busy posting on Facebook and yes, some of us are blogging! I am excited that there will even be a bloggers meet-up tomorrow afternoon, after classes end.
Angela McGhee of Chicago captures a friendly moment with her digital camera
Conference Bags Prepared for IGHR Participants
Though lines seemed long, they moved swiftly. The air-conditioned library made the wait a pleasant one, as faces old and new arrived and checked in.
New Arrivals Checking in at Samford Library
After a pleasant dinner and orientation, the week begins! I am taking the Mapping class and tomorrow we even have a field trip to the Birmingham Public Library on the first day!
Glad to be back, and ready to learn new things.