This page is up to date information on our regular quarterly meetings and
swap meetings that are in the Spring and Fall.
They are free and open to the public.
Please check back often, the information will change as our meeting
times occur through out the year.
Spring Swap Meeting
April 22, 2017
Francisco Community Building
7104 NC Highway 89W
Westfield, NC 27053

Due to a scheduling problem this time:
The Spring Swap Meet will be held Saturday, April 22, 2017, from
9 am- 4 pm at the Francisco Community Building, 7104 NC
Highway 89 West, Westfield, NC.  Tables will be set up in the
meeting room so you can spread out your genealogical materials
to share.  There will be a printer available for a nominal fee in
case you want to make a copy of your discoveries.
       The drawing for the winner of the two Stokes County
Heritage Books will be held this day. You do not have to be
present to win, but wouldn’t it be fun to be there and carry these
precious books home with you?  See below to see how to
       The books published by the James Hunter DAR chapter will
be there to be purchased.  There will be some at “Sale” prices for
a special bargain. If you especially are interested in one of the
books, for example, one of the Cemetery Books, please email
Linda Ellington ( or Janelle Johnson
( ahead of time so that volume will be
       There will be food available—but please bring your favorite
dish too, to help out.  This location does not have restaurants
nearby.  This is always a fun way to share our genealogies and
find new information. There are also surprises in store and you
never know what will be brought to be shared. One of the recent
Swap Meets was all abuzz with scrapbooks of clippings from the
early 1900s. The public is invited and will be welcomed.  There is
no fee charged for attendance. Just come and join us!

Quarterly Meeting:
April 9, 2017
Madison-Mayodan Public Library
611 Burton Street
Madison, NC 27025
Dr. Douglas Butler

GSRS will next meet on Sunday, April 9, 2017, at 2:30 pm at the
Madison-Mayodan Public Library, with the Board of Directors
meeting at 1:30 pm. The guest speaker will be Dr. Douglas Butler
who will share his knowledge and experiences in photographing
the North Carolina Civil War Monuments.
Dr. Douglas Butler is an independent scholar and practicing
physician living in northwestern North Carolina. For twenty years
this award-winning photographer explored remote areas across
five continents, sharing these adventures through prose and
image. During the past five years his travels have been closer to
home as he studied the history of North Carolina’s Civil War
monuments and photographed each of the state’s 109
commemorations raised in the century after Appomattox. North
Carolina Civil War Monuments: An Illustrated History (McFarland,
2013), a carefully researched and fully documented book with
photographs of each monument, is the result—as is a traveling
photo exhibition. Butler’s work has been featured in regional and
national publications, and he has written two previous books,
Ashe County: Discovering the Lost Province (1992, out of print)
and A Walk atop America: Fifty State Summits and a Dream to
Reach Them All (Parkway, 2007).

Author and award-winning photographer Douglas J. Butler, MD
will discuss the historical, artistic, and social contexts in which
these monuments were created, share his slide show presentation
of his images, and relate some insightful stories highlighting some
of the cultural and evolution of these memorials.  He will also have
for purchase his award-winning book, North Carolina Civil War
Monuments… An Illustrated History for $39.95.