Research Workshop set for October 6

Put this date on your calendars and plan to attend on Wednesday, October 6, at 2 pm, in Seabury Auditorium. Join NYPL reference expert and priest Rev. Dr. Warren C. Platt, and Wayne Kempton, Archivist for the Diocese of New York, for an exploration of different research methods and to learn about the wealth of primary source material available in New York City. This workshop is designed especially for those interested in doing scholarly research at GTS and for those who would like to brush up on their research and database skills. Now’s your chance to learn how to do the research before the papers come due!

The Rev. Dr. Warren C. Platt is a graduate of Cornell University, Union Theological Seminary, and received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. Ordained by Bishop Horace W.B. Donegan, Dr. Platt served for many years as a reference librarian in the research division of the New York Public Library. Dr. Platt has written articles for journals Biblion and Church History and is a member of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church and the Society of Mary. A resident of Manhattan, Dr. Platt serves as priest associate at the Church of the Transfiguration.

Wayne Kempton, Archivist for the Diocese of New York, earned his undergraduate degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University and pursued graduate work in theoretical mathematics at Rutgers University. After many years managing printing operations and lithography for Polychrome Corporation in Yonkers, Mr. Kempton chose not to relocate with the company when it moved south. Instead, he pursued his passion for church history, architecture and genealogy through research projects at the Archives of the Diocese of New York, and in 1995, Mr. Kempton began working for the Diocese to organize and manage the archives. Since that time, Mr. Kempton has completely organized the archives, cataloged the collection and works on a daily basis to make its rich holdings and extensive finding aids available to researchers. He is a lifelong member of the parish of St. John’s Church, Getty Square, Yonkers.

We hope that you will join us as we learn from these experts about the reference sources available through the New York Public Library and the treasures found at the Diocesan Archives and throughout New York City. Refreshments will follow the presentations, and later in the semester, Dr. Platt will lead a group on a tour to the New York Public Library’s research division.

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