Academy Schedule of Events


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On-Site Registration

Monday, 21 January 2019, 7:30 - 9:30am
Pick up your name badge, syllabus, tickets, and other materials in the Grand Ballroom Foyer, Hilton second floor.

Courses begin at 9:45 am

Commemorative Event

Monday, 21 January 2019, 11:15am - 12:45pm

“Out of the Mountain of Despair a Stone of Hope”
Words inscribed on his memorial from Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous
I Have a Dream speech at the Lincoln Memorial on 28 August 1963
Featuring Rev. Paul Neal Nelson

Fifty-five years ago Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream. It almost wasn't shared, not being part of the original script prepared for his speech to be given during the March on Washington for civil rights. Taylor Branch (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for the first volume of his history of the American Civil Rights Movement: Parting The Waters) tells us that the great contralto Mahalia Jackson urged Dr. King to “Tell ‘em about the dream, Martin,” and he did so in an improvised section of that speech.

An estimated 250,000 people from all over the country attended that event, in addition to the audience reached by live coverage by the three major television outlets. Dr. King’s “Dream” continues to inspire many today. Please join us in commemorating the life and legacy of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., champion of equality, hope, and healing for America.

Reverend Paul Neal Nelson, Assistant Pastor of New Bethany Baptist Church, Washington, D.C., will invoke Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as he interprets King’s I Have a Dream speech.

Lunch will be served. Tickets are included with Academy registration; guest tickets are available for an additional fee.

SLIG Shuttle to the Family History Library (FHL)

Tuesday through Thursday 4:15 - 6:15pm and 7:15 - 9:15pm
Friday 12:00 - 2:00pm and 7:15 - 9:15pm

Departs in front of the Hilton; drops and picks up in front of the Family History Library.

We realize that researching at the Family History Library is a key part of your SLIG experience. The FHL is a short 3-block walk, but then Salt Lake City blocks are not very short (each one equals 1/8 mile). Therefore, SLIG runs shuttles daily, Tuesday through Friday, after classes, until the FHL closes at 9:00 pm.

Closing Dinner

Thursday, 25 January 2019, 6:30 - 8:00pm

Keynote: "Balancing it All: Prioritizing Your Professional Pursuits"
D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS

Professionals and budding professionals often find it difficult to keep things balanced, produce output on time, hold commitments in check, and still have fun along the way. Decisions about education, credentialing, writing and publishing, employment, and speaking abound. And that brings us to the delicate balancing act with time. How does one manage all the demands and multiple directions, much less work on their own research or enjoy a personal life along the way?

To address this topic we have invited D. Joshua Taylor, one of the industry's top professionals, to address us. Fingers in multiple pies? Check. Impact in a wide variety of areas from publications to television? Check.

Join us to wrap up our first annual Academy for Professionals and learn from Josh about how to "balance it all."

Banquet Menu

Sliced London Broil with Hunter Sauce, Caesar Salad, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Winter Vegetables, and Chocolate Mousse Cake.

Options will be available on the registration form to accommodate for special dietary needs: diabetic, gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, lactose-free, nut, and other allergies.

Before the Academy...

Tech Day

Saturday, 19 January 2019, 8:30am - 5:00pm
SLIG Tech DayAcademy participants are invited to join us for our second annual Tech Day, which features workshops and classes on topics of import to genealogy research and productivity.

You can view detailed class descriptions and the complete schedule here.

Maia's Bookstore

Open Saturday, 19 January 2019 from 9:00am - 6:00pm

Tours and Activities

Sunday, 20 January 2019
See Salt Lake City sights, view the world's longest running broadcast with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Music and the Spoken Word, or take in the Rocky Mountains and Olympic venues. Two optional tours are available; see details here. Information about other sightseeing opportunities over the weekend between SLIG and the Academy may be found here.