Friday, September 02, 2011


Ruth Ann was an award winner at our Annual Conference in Columbia, Missouri in August 2011:

Library of Congress

Ruth Ann (Abels) Hager, CG, CGL, author of Dred & Harriet Scott, Their Family Story, will speak about her book at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, September 27, 2011, at noon in the Mary Pickford Theater, in the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue, SE. Books for sale and signing will be available at the event. Hager will show key documents discovered in 2006 about Dred & Harriet Scott, the St. Louis slave couple whose freedom, along with their daughters', was denied by the U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous Dred Scott decision of 1857. Reaction to that historic decision fueled the growing unrest and was a contributing cause of the Civil War. Hager’s work combines research and family oral tradition, which family members shared for the first time. Published by St. Louis County Library and written with the support and endorsement of Scott descendants, the book is also endorsed by the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation.

For more information call the Local History & Genealogy Reading Room of the Library of Congress, 202.707.9928, or email

Roanoke Public Libraries

Ruth Ann (Abels) Hager, CG, CGL, will speak October 1, 2011, at 9 a.m. in the Patrick Henry Ballroom, 611 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke, VA. Her talk, “Dred & Harriet Scott: A Case Study in Finding Missing Links,” will examine the research methodology she used for her book, Dred & Harriet Scott: Their Family Story, and the resulting information it uncovered. Books for sale and signing will be available at the event.

Hager’s second talk, “Southern Claims Commission Research: A Basic Introduction,” will be at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Roanoke Public Libraries’ Virginia Room at 540.853.2073 or

This Virginia Room Event is presented in celebration of Virginia Archives Month and is proudly sponsored by Harrison Museum of African American Culture, History Museum of Western Virginia, Hollins University, Norfolk & Southern Museum, Roanoke College, Roanoke Public Libraries, Salem History Museum, and The Patrick Henry.

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