The 2016 International Black Genealogy Summit will be held at the Crystal Gateway Hotel, Arlington, VA.
I’m so excited to announce it’s time for you to start planning on attending the 3rd International Black Genealogy Summit (IBGS) Conference, "Oral History Reflections – What Does the Story Mean to Me?" As promised, the conference will be held in the Washington DC area September 1-3, 2016. at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Hwy Arlington, VA.
It wasn’t easy but because of the tenacity of the committee, we were determined and able to get the best deal to make it affordable for the conference participants. As many of you may know, the Washington DC area is very expensive!
The room rate is $112 + tax, which you must book no later than August 4, 2016. These rates are available from Thursday, September 1 through September 3, 2016. Reservations can be made by calling Marriott at (800)-228-9290 or (703) 920-3230 and request the IBGS rate. If you book after August 4, 2016, you will have to pay a higher rate.
There is free shuttle service to/from Reagan National Airport (DCA} to the hotel. The metro subway stop is inside the hotel making it convenient for those wishing to venture to the different libraries to research. You are urged to make your reservations as soon as possible.
The early conference registration fee is $130 (now thru June 30, 2016) and late registration fee will be $150. You are encouraged to submit your registration starting after October 12, 2015. Participants will be able to sign up online and pay for their registration via PayPal, or by check or money order, if you prefer. Please make checkspayable to CAAGS/IBGS. HERE'S A TIP: send in registration one month, pay for meals the next month and book your transportation/hotel the following month.
You won’t want to miss the workshops and banquet speaker this time around, Regina Mason, will be presenting The Raw Truth: The Life of a Runaway Slave, a compelling re-enactment of her great, great, great grandfather’s diaries. When you come away from her presentation, you will be excited to write your own stories. Of course, African attire is encouraged at the banquet; which has become a highlight of our event to see everyone looking so beautiful.
Last but not least, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture Center is under construction scheduled to open 2016 and the participants can potentially view this treasure and see the Martin Luther King statue on the mall.
I now challenge you -- because everyone was elated to have the next conference in Washington DC area -- not only do I want you to come, but I want you to bring a friend. I got this idea from a gentleman who came up to me and said that he so enjoyed the 2009 IBGS that he brought two friends to the 2012 conference. These two friends echoed they were bringing people next time. IBGS really needs your support in attending this extraordinary event we are planning. We have not disappointed yet, and there is so much more to come.
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