Troy University to host free workshop on compiling local histories, genealogies

Posted: Thursday, 28 May 2015

DOTHAN - Aspiring historians, genealogists or researchers can learn more about how to organize and present the histories of families or organizations during a workshop hosted by Troy University on Thursday, June 11.

"Local History WORKS! Using Your Past to Understand Your Future," will be presented at the Dothan Campus from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. inside the Harrison Room in Malone Hall.

Taught by history professor Dr. John Kvach, "Local History WORKS!" focuses on identifying, collecting, and organizing personal and family history within the larger community context. The workshop provides the practical skills needed to begin a family tree, write a history of a business or other organization, and become more aware of the history surrounding everyday life.

Participants will learn how to conduct oral histories, use digital tools, and preserve and organize their historical objects.

Dr. Kvach, is an associate Professor of History at the University of Alabama at Huntsville and lead scholar for the Alabama visit of the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit "The Way We Worked."

The workshop is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. To pre-register, contact Dr. Martin T. Olliff at or 334-983-6556, ext. 1327.

This event is part of the public programming planned by the local hosts of "The Way We Worked," a Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street traveling exhibition on display at Troy University's Dothan Campus library through June 25. The local hosts are TROY and The Cultural Arts Center of Dothan. For more info, visit, or contact Dr. Martin Olliff at