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As part of executing its educational mission year-round, MGC offers programs on open records and other topics of interest to genealogists 4 to 5 times a year. To avoid conflicting with regularly scheduled meetings of other societies and organizations, M:O.R.E. presentations will occur during the 5th week of a month.  

Click here to see the presentations of those speakers who have allowed us to record their talks and make them available to everyone.


The presentations are free, but registration is required.

An Evening with

Jill Marie Snyder

Dear Mary, Dear Luther:  A Courtship in Letters


Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 7:00 PM ET via Zoom


This presentation is free but registration is required. Click here to register.


Dear Mary, Dear Luther reveals through letters the emotion track of a 1930s courtship that leads to a lasting and loving marriage.


Luther was enjoying bachelorhood in Harlem and working as a hotel porter.  Always the pursuer, he was always honest with Mary about where she stood.  Step by step, he proclaimed his feelings as he progressed from attraction to love.  African American men are often portrayed as brutes, lacking feelings and deep emotions.  Luther's authentic expressions of romantic love will be a revelation for many. Mary--sassy, feisty, mercurial--was a very smart young lady.  Still living at home in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania with her parents, she continued to date others until Luther made it clear she was the only one.  She accepted his evolving emotional state, never pushing for a greater commitment than he was ready to make.  Gradually, their intimacy deepened until each knew they were ready to become man and wife.


With family history preceding the letters, and reflections on Mary and Luther's life after they marry, Dear Mary, Dear Luther is truly the saga of a loving African American family, facing hardships with dignity and grace, representing millions of other African American families.

About the Author

Retired from a corporate career, Jill Marie Snyder has a B.A. in Urban Studies from the University of Connecticut and an M.A. in Communication from Fairfield University.   In addition, she has completed Boston University’s Principles of Genealogy course.  


Since its founding in 2006, Jill  has served on the board of the Community Healing Network, Inc.  Its mission is to “mobilize Black people across the African Diaspora to heal from the trauma caused by centuries of anti-Black racism, free ourselves of deadly stereotypes and reclaim our dignity and humanity as people of African descent.“ 


Jill is currently researching prominent African Americans living in New Haven, Connecticut in the 1800’s.

Previous M:O.R.E. Presentations

  • Anne Hanson, Buried Secrets:  Looking for Frank and Ida (30 Jan. 2024)

  • John D. Warner: Archivist of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (30 Nov. 2023)

  • Kate Kelley, Meet the Photo Angel (30 Nov. 2022)

  • Kenvi Phillips, PhD: Sounds like Sounds Like Family:  The Oral Tradition in Researching Family History (29 Sept. 2022)

  • Paul Joseph Fronczak: The Foundling, True Identity (31 Jan. 2022)

  • David J. Silverman: This Land Is Their Land (30 Nov. 2021)

  • Nicka Sewell-Smith: The Trask 500 (30 Sept. 2021)

  • John D. Warner: Archivist of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (30 June 2021)

  • Amy Whorf McGuiggan: Finding Emma (31 March 2021)

  • Brooke Schreier Ganz: Reclaim the Records (27 Jan. 2021)

  • Judy Bambrough-Billingsley: Too Brown to Keep (29 Oct. 2020)

Recorded M:O.R.E. Presentations

We are grateful to these presenters who allowed us to record their talks and make them available to you.

Recorded Presentations
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