The first day of the Midwest Family History Expo has ended. It ran from registration beginning at 1:00 p.m until the exhibit hall closed at 9:00 p.m. And, of course, it's been great!
Holly Hansen opened the event and made everyone feel welcome. Ruby Coleman did a fine job of sharing how she became involved in family history at the tender age of nine years old. She told stories from her own life and research in a way that could be related to all of us who attended. Oh! The beginning was a good omen.
Hundreds of super friendly folks have come from all over the Midwest, some from further, to feed their habit, or learn a new one. More than once, I've watched as one guest recognized another and gleefully exchanged greetings and/or hugs. This is a happy place to spend two days!
The exhibitors are distributed throughout the venue; in halls, rooms and in the lobby. The displays of their wares are inviting, and more than a little tempting. There is pleasant chatter and serious discussion. The whole air of the event is exhilarating and refreshing.
I'm looking forward to Day Two!