The Morris Area Genealogy Society invites the public to a free presentation on “Writing Family Histories People Will Want to Read.” Helen-Chantal Pike will lead the workshop on Tuesday, September 4, at 7 p.m. in the Morris County Library.

Helen-Chantal Pike lives on the hyphen between her father’s Yankee culture and that of her Parisian-born mother. A career journalist and photographer, Pike is the author of 10 books of history, including the award-winning Asbury Park’s Glory Days: The Story of an American Resort (Rutgers University Press).

Within those pages, readers can find 60 mini-memoirs of individuals Pike coached into telling their unique stories of living, working, and playing in one of New Jersey’s more fabled seaside destinations. In 2011, she helped musicians write their recollections for a companion anthology to the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit, “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music,” when it opened in Asbury Park. Pike currently lives on the northern Connecticut River between Vermont and New Hampshire.

The Morris Area Genealogy Society meets the first Tuesday of the month, September through May, in the large public meeting room at the Morris County Library (30 East Hanover Avenue, Whippany). Refreshments and a sharing table precede the meeting at 6:30 p.m. In the case of inclement weather, call the library at 973-285-6930. For more information, visit the group’s website at

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