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  • Kirstie Myvett

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When I saw Dr. Antoinette Harrell's name on the panel for GenFest, I knew I'd be attending. So on March 9th, I headed to GenFest hosted at the New Orleans Public Library. Unfortunately, Dr. Harrell's session was packed, but I did get to chat briefly afterward. I met Dr. Harrell at the Sistah Retreat way back when! Dr. Harrell is a renowned African American genealogist here in Louisiana. Her expertise and diligence in research are unmatched. It was a delight to see her after so long.

There were many vendors and presenters at GenFest, including the talented Gaynell from Our Mammy's Story. I also talked with Madame Barbara Trevigne, who was willing to answer my questions on a historical topic I've drafted a picture book about. We exchanged numbers and had a nice chat. We plan to stay in touch. As a historical fiction writer, these moments to connect with other creatives are special.

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I met other representatives from organizations with important work and missions. But Preservation Resource nonprofit stands out. I've been a supporter for a few years and won the Nola Love Notes contest last year. They do great work in preservation and will research your home and provide you with a book about its history!

This was the first GenFest, and it was a success and a testament to people being interested in their history and preserving their culture and traditions.


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