Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Upcoming Georgia Historical Society Events

Georgia Historical Society's 170th Annual Membership Meeting & Garden Party April 16, 2009 170th Annual Meeting
5:00 p.m. Georgia Historical Society Headquarters, 501 Whitaker Street, Savannah Members Only Garden Party
5:30 p.m. Downtown Historic Savannah Location (provided upon reservation)

Open to GHS members and friends Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres $35 per person Click here to place your reservation!
Reservations required by April 10, 2009; complimentary for members at the $1,000 level and above. For more information please call 912.651.2125, ext. 20.


Georgia Historical Society Annual Book Sale
April 24, 2009 - April 25, 2009 Friday, April, 24th

Member preview and purchase 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. (Proof of membership is required) Open to the public 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, April 25th Open to the public 10 a.m - 5 p.m. Please note that the library and archives will not be open for research on the days of the Book Sale. Join us for this popular annual event that raises funds for the Georgia Historical Society's library and archives. This sale of donated books will include a wide range of titles covering history, biography, fiction, and much more! Book donations for the book sale will be accepted through Friday, April 17th. Donations can include rare and non-rare: fiction, poetry, children's, and all non-fiction subjects including history, biography, current events, how-to, religion, business, self-help, cooking, gardening, etc. Magazines/journals, outdated and obsolete audio/video/software, and games will not be accepted for use in the Book Sale. Donations are tax deductible.


Land of Lincoln: Adventures in Abe's America A Lecture by Andrew Ferguson
Thursday, May 7, 2009, at 7:00 p.m.
St. John's Episcopal Church, 1 West Macon Street, Savannah, Madison Square
free and open to the public - book sale and signing to follow
For more information, please call 912.651.2125 ext. 40

Lincoln: Remembered or Forgotten
American journalist, author, and reawakened Lincoln buff Andrew Ferguson will lecture on his critically acclaimed book Land of Lincoln: Adventures in Abe's America. In his delightful and disarmingly funny book, Weekly Standard editor Ferguson explores the question "How do Americans commemorate Lincoln and what do our memories of him reveal about our visions of the good life?" Ferguson traveled across America on a long field trip, his family in tow, to many of the places where Americans have chosen to remember - or to forget - Honest Abe as he dug deep into the revisionist phenomenon that surrounds America's 16th President. The Washington Post has called Ferguson's cultural insights "vivid and penetrating" and his writing "terrific." This work implores the reader to find humor in the many and varied ways a diverse America remembers its leaders.


Upcoming Affiliate Chapter Events

Brantley County Historical & Preservation Society, Inc.
P. O. Box 1096, Nahunta, GA 31553

The Society is working on two new books and need your help with stories. Our guidelines and rules are listed below. Presently we have not established deadlines for the books, but ask you to get your stories in as soon as possible. You may contact any officer for help, if needed. Officers are:
President Christine Proctor, 912-778-4407,
Vice-Pres. Linton Herrin, 912-462-5920, latrell@btconline.net2nd
Vice Pres. Betty McGuire, 912-462-5709,
Sec. Stephanie Watkins, 912-462-5457,
Treas. Jerry Herrin, 912-462-6245,
Pub. Dir. Dorothy Thomas, 912-265-7599,

1. Up to 1500 words in each story free; thereafter you pay 10 cents per word. Do not include in your count the credits (sources), nor name and address of the person submitting the story. Please include this info, but we will not count this in your total words.
2. One 2 ½ X 3 in. picture per story free, if more, there is a charge of $20.00 per picture of same size. Where possible, we prefer that original pictures be brought to us, so that they can be scanned and handed back to you. You may bring pictures of any size up to 8 x 10 in. and they will be sized for the book. If you email (or mail) a picture, please scan at 300 dpi and save as TIFF, if possible.
3. Do not use stories that are already in Volume 1.
4. List dates as day/month/year. For instance: 14 Feb 2009.
5. Memorial pages will be $100.00 per page, or $60.00 per half page, and may be pictures (size chosen by you), advertising, etc.
6. Material included is to be approved by the book committee.

We have found some errors in "Story of Brantley County, Georgia, Vol. 1," and Volume 2 will include a Correction Section. Please list any errors you may find, giving Story Number and Page Number and send to the Book Committee Chairperson, Dorothy Johns Thomas, 3844 Hwy. 82, Brunswick, GA 31523, Email: or

No limit on words. Pictures will be 2 ½ x 3 in., limit to 4 pictures OR if you have only one good quality pictures it may be enlarged to 4 times the size stated. Where possible, we prefer that original pictures be brought to us, so that they can be scanned and handed back to you. You may bring pictures of any size up to 8 x 10 in. and they will be sized for the book. If you email (or mail) a picture, please scan at 300 dpi and save as TIFF, If possible. Let this story be on the Confederate and his immediate family. If you have other stories, please include them in the "Story of Brantley County, Georgia, Vol. 2." In writing the story, try to be as accurate as possible, however if you know a humorous story on your ancestor, please share it with us.Include your name, address, phone number, email, and sources. List dates as day/month/year. For instance: 14 Feb 2009. Material included is to be approved by the book committee. Jerry Van Herrin is the Book Committee Chairperson for this book. Email:

Historic Augusta, Inc.
Botanicals of the South Family Fun Day
April Family Fun Day highlights Naturalists Bartram, Catesby, and Von Reck
The Augusta Museum of History's 2009 Family Fun Day series continues with Botanicals of the South Family Fun Day on Saturday, April 4, 2009, from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Families are invited to glimpse the Natural South, learn of William Bartram and how he recorded species of plants, flowers, and trees, discover Baron Von Reck's voyages through Georgia, and create their own leaf rubbings to take home.
The film, The Curious Mr. Catesby, will be on view in the History Theater. The documentary explores the life and works of Mark Catesby, who as an explorer, was the first to conduct a critical study of the lush and varied habitat of North America, particularly the southeast colonies and the environs of the Lowcountry and Piedmont areas. His meticulous paintings and etchings of birds and plants captured the diverse natural beauty of colonial America 100 years before Audubon."Family Fun Days provide visitors with engaging experiences to help them become more informed and involved in the history of the CSRA by building upon the concepts presented in our exhibitions. These presentations also offer an opportunity to highlight portions of the Museum's collections our visitors and Museum members may not normally see," said Heather Sellers, Education Manager.
Family Fun Days are FREE with regular Museum admission: $4 for Adults, $3 for Seniors, $2 for Children, and free for members and children under age 5. For more information about Botanicals of the South Family Fun Day or additional family programming, contact the Museum at (706) 722-8454 or visit


The Cotton Ball
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Historic Augusta's Cotton Ball, a tradition in Augusta since 1988, will be held this year on Tuesday, April 21 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. The casual affair will be held in the gardens surrounding the home of Dr. and Mrs. Logan Nalley, Jr., located at 2229 Pickens Road.
Notable previous owners of the Nalleys' house include Barna McKinne and his wife Ann Galphin McKinne, poet Richard Henry Wilde, and James Paul Verdery and his wife Jane Cumming Verdery. The McKinnes built the Sand Hills Cottage around 1810 facing Milledge Road at the corner of what is now known as Pickens Road. Wilde added the wings to the house around 1830 which allowed for a dining room on the east and bedrooms on the west. From 1892 until 1896, the Verderys moved the house in three stages to its present location facing Pickens Road.

Dinner will be provided by Outback Steakhouse. Dessert will be provided by La Maison on Telfair. Mint juleps, a Cotton Ball favorite, in addition to a full bar will be enjoyed throughout the evening. Rob Foster and Pulsar will entertain with jazz music. A raffle will be held for a 3-night stay at a five bedroom beach home in Spring Island, South Carolina. Admission to the Cotton Ball is by current, new or renewing membership in Historic Augusta, Inc., which is open to all who are interested in preserving our city's historic places.

Memberships start at just $50 for individuals and $75 for couples. Advanced reservations are encouraged. The Cotton Ball is sponsored in part by La Maison on Telfair, Outback Steakhouse, Phoenix Printing, Wachovia, WBBQ 104.3 and News 12 WRDW-TV. For more information, call Historic Augusta at (706) 724-0436 or visit


Historic Augusta's Downtown Loft Tour, May 1 and 2, 2009

Historic Augusta, Inc. will host its fifth annual Downtown Loft Tour on May 1 and 2, 2009. A selection of trendy living and working spaces will be open to the public during First Friday between 6 pm and 9 pm and again on Saturday from noon to 5 pm. The purpose of the tour, held during National Historic Preservation Month, is to encourage interest in the preservation and use of historic buildings in the Augusta Downtown Historic District by providing the public with an intimate look at their interiors.

This year, participants will view ten sites on Broad Street and beyond including the Stovall-Barnes House, built in 1860, which has recently been rehabilitated into apartments, and 965-967 Broad Street, which features a business on the first floor and residence above. The tour contains buildings of various sizes and styles, each with distinctive architectural features and design. On Friday night, tour stops will feature appetizers or sweets from downtown restaurants and caterers such as La Maison on Telfair and Reconstructed Soul.

Tickets for the loft tour can be purchased for $15 in advance or for $20 during the tour. Advance tickets can be purchased at the following locations: Historic Augusta, 415 Seventh Street, Mellow Mushroom, 1167 Broad Street, Metro Spirit, 700 Broad Street, blue magnolia, 1124 Broad Street and Hill Drug, 1432 Monte Sano Avenue. During the tour, participants can collect a map or purchase tickets at Tour Headquarters in front of 1002 Broad Street. Proceeds benefit the programs and projects of Historic Augusta, Inc., a nonprofit membership based organization.

The mission of Historic Augusta, Inc. is to preserve historically or architecturally significant structures and sites in Augusta and Richmond County. Historic Augusta's Downtown Loft Tour is sponsored in part by Merry Land Properties, Inc., Metro Spirit, NBC Augusta, The CW Augusta and WBBQ 104.3. Other sponsors include Bank of America, John R.B. Long, Attorney-At-Law, Johnson, Laschober & Associates, Red Door Designs, Sanford Bruker & Banks, Sand Hills Properties, and Strother's Printing, Inc. To purchase tickets or for more information about this or our other programs, please contact Historic Augusta, Inc. by telephone at 706-724-0436 or visit


Upcoming Grant and Conference Opportunities

Society of Georgia Archivists 2009 Brenda S. Banks Educational Workshop Scholarship
Please note that the deadline to submit applications for the Society of Georgia Archivists 2009 Brenda S. Banks Educational Workshop Scholarship is only two weeks away. The scholarship covers the registration fee for the SGA Spring workshop. This year's workshop is "Grant Writing for Archivists" and will be held on May 8 at the Georgia Archives in Morrow, GA. The deadline to submit applications for the Banks Scholarship is April 14, 2009. For information on the scholarship and how to apply, please visit

The Georgia Historical Society, headquartered in Savannah, is the oldest cultural institution in the state and one of the oldest historical organizations in the nation. It is the first and only statewide historical society in Georgia. For nearly 175 years, GHS has collected, preserved, and shared Georgia history through a variety of educational outreach programs, publications, and research services. For more information visit:
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