VGA Conference “Society Briefs, Village News… or the other “Gossip Columns”” by Mary Risseeuw

Webinar: Society Briefs, Village News… or the other “Gossip Columns”
Speaker: Mary Risseeuw
When: November 4th, 2023 at 10:00am Eastern

Program Description:
Before Facebook there was an interesting tradition in journalism: the society and rural/small town correspondent columns. You could read about anniversary celebrations, illness and hospitalizations, trips to town for business and who came from out of town for a visit. Generally published once a week, these columns gave you a glimpse of the goings on in your community. It was cheap filler for the editor and useful to the community. These columns can provide the useful, and often amusing, tidbits that can fill in the blanks and connect the dots about your family and community. Examples are included from around the world and also chronicle 54 years of a woman’s life through the use of one-liners in the village news.

Speaker Bio:
Mary Risseeuw is a genealogist, historian, writer and lecturer. She has researched 19th & 20th century Dutch immigration to Wisconsin for over 30 years and has published and lectured throughout the U.S. and the Netherlands. She serves on the Board of the Association for the Advancement of Dutch American Studies and hosted their 2011 conference in WI. She also organized and hosted the Dutch in Wisconsin Conference in 2008; the first Dutch studies conference to focus solely on Dutch immigration to Wisconsin. She has a B.S. from UW-Madison and M.A. & M.F.A. from Northern Illinois University.

VGA Members can register for this webinar via the Zoom link in the Upcoming Webinars area of the Members Center. Please contact if you have any questions.

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