Kapiti Branch’s flagship event for Family History Month in August is a Why You Are You Expo and official WW100 activity
WE SHALL REMEMBER THEM
Saturday 16 August, Sunday 17 August 10am to 4pm @ Paraparaumu Library
Over the past week you will have seen on the news, print media and internet, the New Zealand and international launch of commemorations of 100 years since the declaration of war on August 4 1914, for what became WWI. In New Zealand many branches of the Society and other organisations will over the next four years, be conducting their own commemorative events.
YURU 2014 “Soldiers Tales From The Trenches” is our special event providing us family historians the opportunity to recognise and respect the ultimate sacrifice so many gave. Even if you had no ancestors involved in that terrible conflict or will be participating in other events, we hope you will join our sea of poppies at Paraparaumu Library, be it a silent prayer, a chance of a new discovery, a historical check of events, a look at our resources, a chat with the many experts we will have on hand. Sign a cross on the memory wall.
As a teaser to the main event we have a display in the Arts Space at the library from August 9.
Present at the Expo will be military historians Howard Chamberlain, Waikanae and Ray Seymour immediate past Director, National Army Museum to help identify photos and memorabilia; together with ArchivesNZ, National Library, Ministry of Defence Library, and National War Museum, to help with your research. Te Papa National Museum will be present explaining their “Berry Boys” project of identifying glass negatives found recently of WWI soldiers and the launch of a book on the subject, with some special offers on this and other publications. On-line access to research resources will be available and the Alison Procter Family History Centre will be open with help on access to WWI resources. Free Wi-Fi available, free entry.
Research your WWI soldier, get help with finding military records, bring along those photos, medals and memorabilia for identification. See the YURU presentation of the stories of 8 local soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Clive Palmer and Sue Greene
YURU Coordinator, and Research Officer