28 May 2013

Megan Smolenyak releases details about the Lucky 13 grant program

During her presentation at the NGS Banquet on Friday, 10 May, Megan Smolenyak announced a new grant program, Lucky 13.

Megan Smolenyak speaking at the NGS 2013 Banquet
She promised that details would be forthcoming and those details have been posted to her website.

I announced what I'm calling my LUCKY 13 initiative and committed to giving 13 grants for the purpose of purchasing family treasures from pawn stores, doing the detective work to track down descendants of the original owners, and returning the item to that family.

Once you've made a rescue, apply for a Seton Shields Genealogical GrantOver time, I will select a minimum of 13 such applications and cover the costs. It goes without saying that your odds of a successful rescue will improve considerably if you select an item with some form of identifying information, but if you happen to get stuck in your research efforts, consider submitting for my help with that aspect.

Do spread the word about this neat initiative.

Editor’s Note: Posts on Upfront with NGS regarding Heirlooms...
Send your orphan heirlooms home! (About Megan’s original Orphan Heirloom Rescue program)

And, two posts from Olive Tree Genealogy about heirlooms and bequeathing them to family ...
More Issues With Passing on Family Heirlooms and Preserving Their Provenance

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  1. Just saw that there is a Google+ group Ephemera Rescue that looks interesting and relevant! https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/113630720226155208250

  2. Another post about Heirlooms -- How to Write About Family Heirlooms, http://treasurechestofmemories.com/2013/05/28/how-to-write-about-family-heirlooms-4-tips/. Thanks to the Houstory FB page, https://www.facebook.com/HoustoryPub