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Library programmes focus on local history

July 28th, 2017
[by David Armstrong]

Motueka Library is marking its 160th birthday with a series of workshops and programmes guiding people into looking at their own histories and the tales of the town.

Throughout August library staff are inviting people to share any memories they have about Motueka Library. These will be included in a 160th anniversary folder of photos, articles and memorabilia.

Then on Monday 7th and Thursday 17th August they are running a workshop from 12 noon to 2.00pm offering advice and assistance in researching your family history.

Local genealogists will give beginners pointers on where and how to get started, and you can learn about the various resources you can delve into to find snippets of information and treasures from the past and discover your heritage.

Another great modern resource for historical probing is Papers Past, and on Tuesday August 8th from 10.00am to 12 noon librarians will show how to use this online facility to search for people, places or events.

Basic computer skills are required. The workshop is free, but bookings are essential, so phone 528 1047 to book your spot.

To round out the month of history, the library will host a lively and informative presentation by David Kemp on a pioneer family - the Roils of Stoke and the Aorere, who arrived in Nelson on The Bolton in 1842.

David will support his talk with a powerpoint display, a painting and other material. The presentation is on Wednesday 30th August from 1.00pm to 2.00pm. It's free, and you don't need to book.

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