The Differences between Conferences and Institutes

The Ohio Genealogical Society Conference is this week in Cleveland (see Conferences are always a great smorgasborg of information, letting attendees choose which exciting topic and speaker to see each hour. These differ from institutes in that you pick an institute course and then attend all the classes in the week-long schedule on that topic with the same classmates. It is how to deeply take part of a particular topic and really get your hands on practical applications while creating lasting friendships because of your common interests and experience.

Conferences also have a vendor hall that is available to the public with no admission charge. If you don’t have time to attend the lectures, you may be able to find time to browse the exhibit hall to learn of new products or take part in special deals. If you are in attendance at the OGS conference this weekend, please say hi to Debbie and Elissa whenever you see them.

You may also want to say hello to John Humphrey who is presenting “Pennsylvania’s Eighteenth-century Economy” on Friday, April 13 at 4 p.m. John’s expertise in Pennsylvania and German topics make him a natural to be the course coordinator for the German Research Methods course at GRIP.

We look forward to seeing you in Pittsburgh this July!

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One Response to The Differences between Conferences and Institutes

  1. Robert Kramp says:

    John Humphrey really gets around. I enjoyed meeting him and his PA genealogy book display at the Mid Atlantic Germanic Society (MAGS) meeting in Laurel, MD, at end of March. Glad to say the meeting was very well attended.

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