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WCA Offers Workshop for the Family Historian


Do you have family artifacts, old photographs, and stories about your ancestors you’d like to preserve for future generations? Washington College Academy will offer a series of workshops for amateur genealogists, historians, and archivists covering the best practices for researching, collecting, and protecting your irreplaceable family treasures. 

Beginning 10 a.m., Saturday, February 18 at Washington College Academy in Limestone, Tenn. and continuing each Saturday through March 11 — the historic school will offer “Protecting the Past: Best practices for the family historian.” These four two-hour workshops will cover the basics of genealogy research, collecting oral histories, and preserving family artifacts.

Sessions one and two will teach participants how to research, record, and preserve oral histories, using industry standard nomenclature and methods. Session three will teach how to get started on genealogy research and the final session will discuss archival methods for documents, fabrics, and other artifacts.  

The workshops will be led by Dollie Boyd, director of museums at Tusculum College and Jim Wilson, chairman of the Watauga Association of Genealogists NE Tennessee. It will be held in the President’s House at Washington College Academy, located at 116 Doak Lane, Limestone, Tenn.

“I talk to lots of people who are very interested in learning about their family histories and preserving old documents and family heirlooms,” she said. “This workshop will provide good information on methods used by professionals to collect and preserve these treasures.” 

The cost for the four workshops will be $60 per person and class size is limited. To reserve a space, please contact Washington College Academy at (423) 257-5151 or email


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