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From: Harold Henderson <>
Subject: Re: [TGF] Institutes, etc.
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2010 08:53:22 -0600
Well said, Janis and Elissa. There is something special about an institute
that is relatively self-contained, "another world." Samford seems to have
the balance just right in between the extremes of a commuter school at one
end and a real summer camp where you can't get away at all at the other end.
In addition to the wonderful dining hall and the participatory classrooms,
you can also hide away in the dorm or the library as needed.
On Sun, Jan 31, 2010 at 8:42 AM, Janis Gilmore <>wrote:
> What I love about IGHR is the full-length class day. At SLIG the FHL is
> constantly calling your name; similarly, at NIGR one always wants more
> research time in the Archives. Research time competes with class time.
> I think the Samford cafeteria is part of the charm, as well. It serves
> surprisingly good food, of great variety. But the main thing is all of
> big tables where everyone is a genealogist. Mealtimes at SLIG were
> taken in a nearby café, with classmates, and were quite pleasant. But
> a little different from the melting pot of one huge room filled with
> genealogists, morning noon and night.
> Janis Walker Gilmore
> On 1/30/10 10:29 PM, "Christy Fillerup" <>
> > I've enjoyed the discussion on Samford and other institute options. It's
> > indisputable that something about the Samford experience makes it unique,
> > even among genealogical institutes. Thsi will be my first year attending
> > I'm anxious to experience it for myself.
> > For those who are not aware there is an institute held in the west each
> > in Salt Lake City. The Utah Genealogical Association offers the Salt Lake
> > Institute of Genealogy each year in January. This institute doesn't have
> > quite the following that Samford does. I'm interested in comparing and
> > contrasting the two this summer after I attend Samford, as I've attended
> > SLIG in the past. (In the interest of full disclosure I am a member of
> > Utah Genealogical Association, but I don't have any part of organizing or
> > running SLIG or any personal interest in its success.)
> > Having never attended Samford I can't put my finger on what it is about
> > particular institute that makes it so special. Yet I have no doubt at all
> > that it is. (Did I mention I'm excited!!!!! <grin>). For those of you who
> > have attended Samford, what is it that makes this particular institute
> > a stand out?
> > Christy
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