Monday, May 16, 2011

Excellent Genealogy Conference Suggestions from Mel Wolfgang

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Thomas MacEntee created the Genealogy Conference week long theme on Geneabloggers two weeks ago.  I know that Greta Koehl created a compendium of these posts here, but don't think she completed the task.  Did someone create a complete list?  If so, please let me know and I'll link to it in this post.

In Genealogy You Can Touch, Denise Barrett Olson on The Moultrie Creek Gazette blog, pointed me to  Mel Wolfgang on the Mnemosyne's Magical Mirror.  Mel has interesting, challenging, and provocative ideas about genealogy conferences.  Please take time to read:

Genealogy Conferences, Long Time Passing. Okay, I'm In!

The Genealogy Conference Model, The Speakers’ “Big Bucks”, And Maybe a Turducken?

More on Big Conferences: Volunteers and The Exhibit Hall (Part the Fourth)

Genealogy Conferences - Some Thoughts On “The Money Thing”, PR, and How “Free” Is Often An Illusion (Part Three)

If I Had A Crystal Ball and a Magic Wand – What I Think About Conference Improvement

Conferences and Events: Getting It Right, Making It Great - The Last Post of the Series

I really enjoyed reading Mel's posts this morning - he has lots of conference experience (in genealogy, rare books and manuscripts, quilts, medicine, academia, etc.), thinks outside of the box, and has a great sense of humor.  Thank you, Mel, for an interesting and challenging discussion.

Every seminar and conference planner should read Mel's posts and see how they can tailor genealogy conferences to be more exciting, more educational, etc.  Every attendee should read the posts in order to demand some of these ideas be put into practice. 

My thanks to Denise Barrett Olson for her blog post that led me to Mel's blog and posts.

2 comments:

Moultrie Creek said...

After many, many weeks of you pointing me to fascinating reads, I'm delighted to return the favor.

Mel Wolfgang said...

Thanks for stopping by "MMM" and taking the time to read and comment on the posts, Randy. I appreciate it! Mel