The Baltimore County Genealogical Society (BCGS) will meet on Feb. 23, and at 3 p.m., will feature guest speaker, Shelley Arnold. The presentation will cover German Marylanders.

Every story is important. Whether your ancestors were inventors, manufacturers, brewers, or a stay-at-home mom, they all contributed to American culture. Their every step paved the way.

“The starting point for all these historical endeavors was: we have to show to our fellow Americans that the Germans have been here much longer than generally known and that they have contributed to the substance and expanse, to the social, political, and moral texture of this country. You don’t have to be ashamed of being German.” Dieter Cunz, 1959.

In this workshop, Ms. Arnold will talk about German history and heritage here in Maryland. Her website (www.germanmarylanders.org) is dedicated to those of Germany ancestry. Some are recent arrivals, but for the most part, the pages contain information about German ancestors that arrived in America many years ago and settled here in Maryland.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information about this speaker or upcoming programs visit: http://www.baltimoregenealogysociety.org/BCGShome/program-of-speakers.

The complete schedule for the day is as follows:

The Eastern European interest group meets from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. From noon-2 p.m., the library will be open for research. The Computer Users Group meets from 1-2 p.m. At 2 p.m., the BCGS general meeting starts and is followed by refreshments. The presentation by Arnold will go from 3-4 p.m.

The Baltimore County Genealogical Society is located at 8601 Harford Road, Room 308, at the intersection of Harford Road and Hiss Avenue. Free parking is available in the rear of the building. Follow the yellow signs and use the side entrance of the Parkville Senior Center.