Thursday, April 30, 2009

American Flag of Faces™ Launched Online

The following article is from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at http://www.eogn.com


The following announcement was written by the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation:

Will Be Featured Exhibit at Ellis Island

Ellis Island, NY (April 2009) – The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. today announced the official launch of its new American Flag of Faces™ website at www.FlagOfFaces.org. This interactive website invites all Americans to submit photos of their families, their ancestors, even themselves to become a part of this living, ever-changing American mosaic.

Participants can upload digital photos at www.FlagOfFaces.org with a tax-deductible donation of $50 to become part of the American Flag of Faces™. This dynamic website, created and produced by ESI Design and Artgig Studio, opens with an animated red, white and blue flag populated with user-submitted images. Each image can be clicked on and enlarged. Users can also search by name to call up specific individual or family photos.

The American Flag of Faces™ will also become a central exhibit in the upcoming Peopling of America® Center, an exciting new expansion of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. The Flag of Faces exhibit will consist of a large video installation providing a mosaic of all the portraits submitted by individuals and families who have made America their home throughout the generations.

The Peopling of America® Center will enlarge the story currently told of the Ellis Island Era (1892-1954) to include the entire panorama of the American immigration experience, with exhibits dedicated to those who arrived before Ellis as well as those who arrived post-1954, right up to the present. With the anticipated 2011 opening of The Peopling of America® Center, Ellis Island will illustrate the American immigration story across the generations, and the museum will be renamed Ellis Island: The National Museum of Immigration.

The launching of the American Flag of Faces™ is just in time for Mother’s Day. Honoring ancestors and family by submitting their images to be a part of this exciting new exhibit makes a very special tribute to America’s “moms” on May 10. And proceeds will help support the creation of the upcoming Peopling of America® Center at Ellis Island.

To learn more or to upload an image, visit www.FlagOfFaces.org. Photos may also be submitted by mail. Applications are available by calling (212) 561-4588 or writing: The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., c/o Flag of Faces, 17 Battery Place, Suite 210, New York, NY 10004-3507.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

National Trust For Historic Preservation Announces 2009 List of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places(R)

/PRNewswire/ -- The National Trust for Historic Preservation today unveiled the 2009 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places(R), an annual list that highlights important examples of the nation's architectural, cultural and natural heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage. The announcement was made adjacent to the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles by Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Diane Keaton, an Academy Award-winning actress and a trustee of the organization.

The Century Plaza Hotel was chosen as the site of this year's announcement to both highlight the threat to modernist architecture nationally and to focus attention on sustainability and the need to recycle existing infrastructure, rather than throw it away. Ironically, the hotel, a prominent Los Angeles landmark designed by Minoru Yamasaki (who also designed the World Trade Center's twin towers), is slated to be razed to accommodate two 600-foot-tall "environmentally sensitive" towers.

Also on the 2009 list: the Manhattan Project's Enola Gay Hangar at Wendover Airfield in Utah, which, along with other Manhattan Project-era sites, is in a critical state of disrepair; Frank Lloyd Wright's innovative Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois, an architectural icon hobbled by structural deficiencies and a lack of restoration funding; and Mount Taylor in New Mexico, a sacred site for dozens of Native American tribes whose cultural and archaeological resources are threatened by uranium mining activity.

"The 22nd annual list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places reflects the extraordinary diversity and fragility of our shared heritage," said Richard Moe. "These 11 sites highlight many critical issues, including the importance of preserving architectural icons of the recent past and preservation as one of the most effective forms of sustainable development. Places like these help tell all of our stories, and losing them not only erases a piece of our heritage, it also represents a threat to our planet."

Speaking about the Century Plaza Hotel, Diane Keaton, a preservation activist concerned about safeguarding architectural landmarks in her hometown, added, "All over Los Angeles, too many of our great modern buildings have already fallen to the wrecking ball," said Keaton. "We need to lead by example and show the rest of the country that buildings are renewable, and we shouldn't be throwing them away. We should be recycling them just like we recycle newspapers."

The 2009 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places(R) was made possible, in part, by a grant from History(TM).

The public is invited to learn more about what they can do to support these and hundreds of other endangered sites, experience first-hand accounts of these places, and share stories and photos of their own at www.PreservationNation.org/11Most.

To download high resolution images and video of this year's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, visit http://press.nationaltrust.org/

The 2009 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places (in alphabetical order):

Ames Shovel Shops, Easton, Mass. -- In southeastern Massachusetts, the Ames Shovel Shops complex, an intact 19th-century industrial village that resembles a picture-perfect New England college campus, is threatened by a plan to demolish several of the site's historic buildings and radically alter others to pave the way for new mixed-use development.

Cast-Iron Architecture of Galveston, Texas -- The assemblage of late-19th-century Greek Revival and Italianate buildings with elaborate cast-iron storefronts in Galveston's 12-block Strand/Mechanic National Historic Landmark District is one of the largest collections of historic commercial buildings in the country. Unfortunately, the widespread flooding caused by Hurricane Ike in September 2008 caused extensive damage, leaving the district fighting to survive.

Century Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles, Calif. -- Opened in 1966, the 19-story curved hotel, designed by renowned architect Minoru Yamasaki, who would later design New York's World Trade Center twin towers, has been a prominent Los Angeles landmark for more than four decades. Despite a $36 million facelift just over a year ago, the hotel's new owners now intend to raze the building and replace it with two 600-foot, "environmentally sensitive" towers.

Dorchester Academy, Midway, Ga. -- Founded in 1868 as a school for freed slaves, Dorchester Academy started humbly in a one-room schoolhouse and later gained prominence as a center for voter registration drives during the civil rights movement. The academy's last remaining building, a handsome 1934 Greek Revival dormitory, is deteriorating and structurally compromised.

Human Services Center, Yankton, S.D. -- Founded in 1879 as the South Dakota Hospital for the Insane and once regarded as a model institution of its kind, this campus comprises a collection of neoclassical, Art Deco and Italianate buildings that have stood vacant for years. Despite the site's potential for innovative reuse and appropriate redevelopment, the State is moving forward with plans to demolish 11 historic buildings on the Yankton campus.

Lana'i City, Hawai'i -- One of Hawaii's eight main islands, Lana'i, known as the "Pineapple Isle," has lush tropical beaches, breathtaking natural beauty, lavish resorts and one attraction none of the other islands can claim: an intact plantation town. Lana'i City, built by pineapple baron James Dole in the 1920s, features plantation-style homes, a laundromat, jail, courthouse and police station, and is now threatened by a large-scale commercial development calling for the destruction or significant alteration of 15-20 historic buildings.

The Manhattan Project's Enola Gay Hangar, Wendover Airfield, Utah -- The hangar that housed the Enola Gay, the B-29 Superfortress that dropped the world's first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, 1945, is, along with other Manhattan Project sites, in a critical state of disrepair.

Memorial Bridge, Portsmouth, N.H. to Kittery, Maine -- For more than 85 years, Memorial Bridge, the first major lift bridge in the eastern U.S., has been a sturdy and dramatic landmark, spanning the Piscataqua River and connecting two coastal towns steeped in history. But like so many others in the nation, the bridge has suffered from tight budgets and postponed maintenance. The states of Maine and New Hampshire have not yet agreed on a plan to save Memorial Bridge and are now considering their options, including its removal -- a move that would be costly and in direct opposition to the desires of local residents in two communities.

Miami Marine Stadium, Virginia Key, Fla. -- Completed in 1963, Miami Marine Stadium is both a South Florida landmark and an icon of modern design. Built entirely of poured concrete and featuring a dramatically cantilevered folded-plate roof, the stadium is a sentimental favorite of many Miami residents. After sustaining damage during Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the stadium, a prime target for developers, closed and has since suffered from years of deterioration, vandalism and neglect.

Mount Taylor, near Grants, N.M. -- Located in the southwestern corner of New Mexico's San Mateo Mountains, midway between Albuquerque and Gallup, Mount Taylor, with an elevation of nearly 12,000 feet, is startlingly beautiful and a sacred place for as many as 30 Native American tribes. Currently, the mountain is under threat from exploration and proposals for uranium mining, which, if allowed to proceed, would have a devastating impact on this cherished historic place.

Unity Temple, Oak Park, Ill. -- Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple, designed for a Unitarian congregation in Oak Park, is widely acknowledged as a masterpiece of 20th-century architecture. Completed in 1908, the cubist, flat-roofed structure is also one of the earliest public buildings to feature exposed concrete, one of Wright's signature design elements. Years of water infiltration have compromised the structure, prompting a multi-million-dollar rescue effort that the current congregation cannot afford.

America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places has identified more than 200 threatened one-of-a-kind historic treasures since 1988. Whether these sites are urban districts or rural landscapes, Native American landmarks or 20th-century sports arenas, entire communities or single buildings, the list spotlights historic places across America that are threatened by neglect, insufficient funds, inappropriate development or insensitive public policy. The designation has been a powerful tool for raising awareness and rallying resources to save endangered sites from every region of the country. At times, that attention has garnered public support to quickly rescue a treasured landmark; while in other instances, it has been the impetus of a long battle to save an important piece of our history. Learn more at www.PreservationNation.org/11Most.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation (www.PreservationNation.org) is a non-profit membership organization bringing people together to protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them. By saving the places where great moments from history -- and the important moments of everyday life -- took place, the National Trust for Historic Preservation helps revitalize neighborhoods and communities, spark economic development and promote environmental sustainability. With headquarters in Washington, DC, nine regional and field offices, 29 historic sites, and partner organizations in all 50 states, the National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education, advocacy and resources to a national network of people, organizations and local communities committed to saving places, connecting us to our history and collectively shaping the future of America's stories.

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Friday, April 24, 2009

University of Georgia paleontologist helps unravel strange lack of fossils in Antarctica; results could lead to reappraisal of continent’s past

The sun never set. Sally Walker, a paleontologist from the University of Georgia, could walk outside the scientific research station any time, day or night, into a dazzling world of dry valleys and vistas of ice. But the sun, circling the sky, was always visible on the surface of the cold Earth.

Welcome to Antarctica, bottom of the world and home to an intriguing mystery that has baffled researchers for years. In frigid waters off the continental coast, there are large numbers of species that flourish, from bizarre serpent starfish to a group of microscopic creatures called foraminifera or forams. And yet, weirdly, there is little evidence of any fossil creatures in seafloor sediments.

Why? That’s the question, but finding the answers is intriguing a team, of which Walker is a principal investigator. The research group, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, isn’t simply wondering about ancient remains of tiny, ice-loving creatures. Answers may help explain everything from the evolution of Antarctic ecosystems to reasons for global warming.

“One of the main questions is how ice affects the presence of fossil invertebrates on the Antarctic seafloor,” said Walker. “But the processes involved are very complex, and unraveling them will take more than a single approach.”

Indeed, Walker is working with two veterans of Antarctic research, Molly Miller of Vanderbilt University and Sam Bowser from the New York State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center. The team was in Antarctica from October to December of last year, during the continent’s “summer,” though that’s a relative term, because wind chills at the team’s research outpost often reached 20 degrees below zero.

Walker, in UGA’s department of geology, part of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, was making her first trip to the frigid continent, but the new research fit right into work on which she’s spent a lifetime: taphonomy, the study of the process of fossilization.

The trip to the bottom of the world is long and arduous. Walker first flew to Christchurch, New Zealand, and then took a flight to Ross Island in Antarctica, the location for more than half a century of McMurdo Station, a thriving scientific research community, especially in the so-called Austral summer, which lasts from October to January.

“MacTown, as McMurdo is called by the inhabitants, is run by the National Science Foundation to investigate a wide range of science in extreme conditions, from physics to biology,” said Walker. “About 1,300 people are there in the Austral summer, with the majority of residents comprising carpenters, food service professionals, technical engineers, helicopter aviation experts and other highly trained support individuals who are essential to achieve high-quality science. Without them, there would be no science.”

From McMurdo, Walker and her team members flew on to a much smaller research site called New Harbor, which is at the mouth of a dry valley, a moraine-filled area of pebbles and soil that fronts on a much-studied frozen bay. Here, they camped in small permanent structures for the duration of their stay.

Just 20 years ago, this was, literally and figuratively, the end of the Earth—barely, if at all, in touch with the rest of the world. Now, the site not only has satellite communications links, it has Wi-Fi so that researchers can use and surf the Internet, even in the field.

The team is thus able under much better circumstances to delve into the abiding mystery of why there are few signs of fauna in the fossil records from cores taken beneath the ice in the bay. The team’s future findings could have widespread significance, said Tom Wagner, program manager of Antarctic Earth Sciences in the NSF’s Office of Polar Programs, which is funding the research.

“It’s important information because it would tell us about past ecosystems while providing another perspective on climate change,” Wagner told The Antarctic Sun, NSF’s online news source for information on science in that icy continent. “It could be that [fossils] aren’t preserved, but it could also mean that we just don’t know how to interpret the records that we have. And that’s what makes this project so exciting—it could lead to a total reappraisal of Antarctica’s past.”

There are many physical and chemical processes that may be involved with the mystery of the missing fossils, said Walker, ranging from the geochemistry of the icy waters to the action of so-called pressure ridges—places where frozen seawater collides with the shores, causing a number of changes in the ecosystems.

While a reappraisal of Antarctica’s past might be seen as enough to learn, much more is at stake, because the answers, when uncovered, could have implications for understanding global warming.

Whatever the team discovers—and it will return in the Austral summer of 2010 to follow up on its work—the science is taking place at one of the most forbidding and gorgeously beautiful places on Earth. Antarctica is the driest, windiest and coldest continent on Earth, but it is also drawing increasing interest from researchers, as each year scientists from as many as 27 different nations conduct experiments not reproducible in any other place in the world.

One thing Walker brought back to Athens has less to do with science than with the amazing individuals who do such important work under in such a remote but staggeringly beautiful place.

“Everyone works like a tightly interwoven civilization despite the extreme weather conditions, cramped dormitories, and lack of privacy,” she said. “It is awe-inspiring to watch and to participate in such an endeavor.”

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Airborne Systems Celebrates 90th Anniversary of Irvin's Historic Parachute Jump

/PRNewswire/ -- Airborne Systems Group, which has combined the world's leading parachute brands specializing in aerial delivery, rescue and survival equipment, and engineering services, today marked the 90th anniversary of the historic parachute jump by Leslie Irvin, who later pioneered an entire parachute industry.

Born near Los Angeles, Irvin started a ballooning and parachuting career in 1911 while in his early teens. In 1915, Irvin joined the Universal Film Company as a stunt man for the fledging California film industry where he performed acrobatics on trapezes from balloons and made descents using parachutes. His experience as a stunt man contributed to his later belief that a jumper in a free fall descent would not lose consciousness.

On April 19, 1919, Leslie Leroy Irvin made the world's first free fall parachute descent using a rip cord, rather than using a canister or tether line attached to the aircraft to pull open the parachute. Working with the US Army's Air Service parachute research team, Irvin made the historic jump from a plane over McCook field near Dayton, Ohio. During the jump, Irvin broke his ankle but was inspired to start his own parachute business.

Later that year, he opened the Irvin Air Chute Company in Buffalo, NY. What became known as the Irvin parachute gained rapid acceptance, and by the early 1930s was in service with some 40 air forces around the world. With the start of World War II, Irvin became a major manufacturer of parachutes. During the war, Irvin parachutes saved over 10,000 lives. The Irvin name had set the standard for innovation, reliability, and quality.

As a humanitarian, Irvin was obsessed with saving lives with his equipment. He founded the Caterpillar Club to recognize individuals that had their lives saved by a parachute. Today, the Caterpillar Club is one of the most famous flying clubs in the world and has awarded thousands of airmen, and a few airwomen with a gold caterpillar pin, symbolizing the silk from which early parachutes were made. Some of its famous members included names such as Charles Lindberg, General James Doolittle and former astronaut John Glenn.

Irvin's design innovations weren't limited to parachutes. With aircraft flying at increasing altitudes, pilots were subjected to lowering temperatures. To address this requirement, Irvin designed and manufactured the classic leather and sheepskin RAF flying jacket which became recognized during the Second World War.

In later years, Irvin's company also made car seat belts, slings for cargo handling and even canning machinery. The company later changed its name to Irvin Aerospace to reflect the change to the newer markets it served. Today, Irvin Aerospace is a brand of Airborne Systems, a leading designer and one of the world's largest manufacturers of parachutes and related equipment.

"Leslie Irvin was a parachute pioneer and a true American hero," said Paul Colliver, a 50 year employee of the Irvin Company who worked for Leslie Irvin. "How many people can say they made something that saved tens of thousands of lives?"

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Friday, April 17, 2009

President Signs Bill Expanding Trail of Tears National Historic Trail

The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail gained 2,845 miles, more than doubling in size, when President Barack Obama signed the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act on March 30.

The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail commemorates the forced relocation of American Indian people from their ancestral homelands in the Southeast to Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma) in 1838-39. Only the best-documented routes followed by Cherokee groups were included when the national historic trail was established by Congress in 1987. Other potential trail segments were omitted because little was known at that time about their historic location and use. A 2007 National Park Service feasibility study reexamined those routes in light of new information and determined that most are, in fact, original, well documented and important components of the Trail of Tears.

Those study segments, as well as associated round-up forts and campgrounds, were added to the existing national historic trail under the Trail of Tears Documentation Act, part of the newly-passed Public Lands Bill. Included are many short trail segments from collection forts in Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama, and Tennessee to the main trailhead departure points near Chattanooga, Tennessee; and the Benge and Bell routes, two primary long-distance trails that cross six states. Other additions include numerous water and overland trail segments used by groups traveling by boat along major rivers, along with short "dispersal" routes from the ends of the land and river trails to the final settlement destinations.

"Adding these routes to the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail recognizes the complexities of the removal of the Cherokee Indians in 1838-39," said Superintendent Aaron Mahr of National Trails Intermountain Region, which administers the trail. "It also gives us a comprehensive and more accurate picture of the removal experience, and it certainly brings this tragic event in our nation's history into sharper focus. We will work closely with many different groups in the private and public sector to help protect trailside sites along these newly designated routes and make them available for public use."

National Trails Intermountain Region, a National Park Service program office with headquarters in Santa Fe, New Mexico, administers the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail, eight other national historic trails, and the historic Route 66 highway corridor. The office coordinates planning, interpretation, and preservation activities along the trails with other federal, state, and local agencies, private landowners, and non-profit organizations.

Designation of national historic trails does not transfer land title to the federal government or otherwise affect landowners' rights. Landowners are not required to allow public access to their property, to participate in or be associated with the trail, or to be liable for any persons injured while using the trail on their property.

The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail is part of a network of 30 historic and scenic trails, which make up the National Trails System.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

NASA New Space Station Module Name Honors Apollo 11 Anniversary

/PRNewswire / -- The International Space Station module formerly known as Node 3 has a new name. After more than a million online responses, the node will be called "Tranquility."

The name Tranquility was chosen from thousands of suggestions submitted by participants on NASA's Web site, www.nasa.gov. The "Help Name Node 3" poll asked people to vote for the module's name either by choosing one of four options listed by NASA or offering their own suggestion. Tranquility was one of the top 10 suggestions submitted by respondents to the poll, which ended March 20.

"The public did a fantastic job and surprised us with the quality and volume of the suggestions," said Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Space Operations. "Apollo 11 landed on the moon at the Sea of Tranquility 40 years ago this July. We selected 'Tranquility' because it ties it to exploration and the moon and symbolizes the spirit of international cooperation embodied by the space station."

NASA announced the name Tuesday with the help of Expedition 14 and 15 astronaut Suni Williams on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report." The show's producers offered to host the name selection announcement after comedian Stephen Colbert took an interest in the poll and urged his viewers to suggest the name "Colbert," which received the most entries.

"We don't typically name U.S. space station hardware after living people and this is no exception," Gerstenmaier joked. "However, NASA is naming its new space station treadmill the 'Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill,' or COLBERT. We have invited Stephen to Florida for the launch of COLBERT and to Houston to try out a version of the treadmill that astronauts train on."

The treadmill is targeted to launch to the station in August. It will be installed in Tranquility after the node arrives at the station next year. A newly-created patch will depict the acronym and an illustration of the treadmill.

Tranquility is scheduled to arrive at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in May. There, it will be prepared for space shuttle Endeavour's flight, designated STS-130, which is targeted for launch in February 2010. Tranquility will join four other named U.S. modules on the station: the Destiny laboratory, the Quest airlock, the Unity node and the Harmony node.

Tranquility is a pressurized module that will provide room for many of the space station's life support systems. Attached to the node is a cupola, which is a unique work station with six windows on the sides and one on top.

Suni Williams made the announcement on "The Colbert Report" two years after running the Boston Marathon in space on a station treadmill similar to COLBERT. Video of Williams' run and the name announcement on "The Colbert Report" will air on NASA Television's Video File.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation's Annual Meeting and Spring Ramble Set for Augusta, May 15-17

/PRNewswire / -- The rich historic culture of Augusta, Ga. will be showcased during The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation's Annual Meeting & Spring Ramble which starts Friday, May 15 and concludes Sunday afternoon, May 17.

During these three days, Trust members, friends, and others interested in saving and preserving Georgia's historic places will visit more than 20 historic sites and private homes in the area and recognize top projects throughout the state with awards of excellence for preservation.

The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation will hold its Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 16, at 10 a.m. at Saint Paul's Church. Meeting attendees will hear an update on the State of Preservation in Georgia from Mark C. McDonald, president and CEO of The Georgia Trust, and Dr. Ray Luce, the state's deputy historic preservation officer. The Trust will also announce during the meeting its three scholarship winners and the recipient of the J. Neel Reid Prize, a $4,000 fellowship for travel study given to an emerging Georgia architect. Following the Annual Meeting, Dr. Lee Ann Caldwell, Director of the Center for the Study of Georgia History at Augusta State University, will give a brief lecture about Augusta's colorful past.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons, Georgia Trust Ramblers will "ramble" through more than 20 historic sites and private residences in the area, many of which are not normally open to the public.

Friday's Ramble will feature the stately homes of Summerville. Ramblers will dine Friday evening at Sacred Heart Cultural Center, a turn-of-the-century Romanesque Revival style church, followed by the 31st Annual Preservation Awards ceremony, which salutes more than two dozen projects and individuals for exceptional work in the fields of restoration, rehabilitation and preservation throughout the state. The awards ceremony is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., also at Sacred Heart Cultural Center.

On Saturday Ramblers will tour a wide variety of downtown sites before enjoying dinner at Sutherland Mill.

The weekend ends with a brunch on Sunday from 9 to 11 a.m. at Julian Smith Barbeque Pavilion, followed by a "ramble" through McDuffie County.

Friday's Ramble registration will be at the Joseph R. Lamar Boyhood Home, 415 Seventh Street, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday's registration will be at Saint Paul's Church Cemetery, 605 Reynolds Street, starting at 8:30 a.m. Interested Ramblers can also register before the event by calling (404) 885-7812.

The event is held in partnership with Historic Augusta, Inc. Sponsors include the Georgia Tourism Foundation, Brandon Wilde retirement community, R.W. Allen Foundation, Downtown Development Authority of Augusta, and Mr. and Mrs. Braye C. Boardman.

Founded in 1973, The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is one of the country's largest statewide, nonprofit preservation organizations.

Committed to preserving and enhancing Georgia's communities and their diverse historic resources for the education and enjoyment of all, the Trust generates community revitalization by finding buyers for endangered properties acquired by its Revolving Fund for endangered properties; provides design assistance to 102 Georgia Main Street cities and encourages neighborhood revitalization; trains Georgia's teachers to engage students in 63 Georgia school systems to discover state and national history through their local historic resources; and advocates for funding, tax incentives and other laws aiding preservation efforts.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

UGA's Adams and Duncan receive state award for campus historic preservation

Dexter Adams and Janine Duncan recently were honored with the Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation Stewardship for spearheading a long-term protection strategy for the Old Athens Cemetery located on the University of Georgia’s North Campus. The awards program recognizes state employees for outstanding leadership and achievement in preserving historic state-owned or administered properties.

Adams, director of the university’s grounds department, requested in 2006 that a preservation plan be developed with the help of a consulting firm specializing in historic cemeteries. The plan was created by the Chicora Foundation, Inc., and in 2007 led to a university commitment to protect the site.

Duncan campus planning coordinator, also has been an advocate for the cemetery’s preservation. She helped survey the grounds, and compiled historical documentation, archaeological surveys, and GIS mapping into a report used to nominate the site for the National and Georgia Registers of Historic Places.

Both award-winners are graduates of UGA’s College of Environment and Design. Adams received a bachelor of landscape architecture in 1976 and master’s in 2004. Duncan received a master of historic preservation in 2007.

The recognition from the governor comes just as the College of Environment and Design celebrates Historic Preservation Month in April. As part of the celebration, Duncan and MHP graduate student Lindsey Kerr will host a tour of North Campus, including the historic cemetery. The tour starts at 4 p.m. on April 17 in the Founders Memorial Garden.

The cemetery is Athens’ first and oldest public cemetery. It has not been an active burial place since the early 1900s, and has faced pressures from the ongoing development of the University of Georgia campus. It is now a protected site listed on the Georgia Register of Historic Places, and has been recommended to the national register.

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Monday, April 6, 2009

Dig Into the Past at Fernbank Museum’s Archaeology Day

Take an exciting journey into Georgia’s past with archaeology-themed activities and special demonstrations at Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s Archaeology Day on Saturday May 2, 2009 in support of Georgia Archaeology Awareness Month.

Archaeology Day participants will enjoy a variety of hands-on activities, including pottery demonstrations, ancient weaponry displays, sifting and mending artifacts, discussions with archaeologists, prehistoric Native American games of Chunkey, and arts and crafts.

Visitors also will get a glimpse at how archaeologists were able to piece together 5,000 years of human history by examining ancient pottery in Fernbank’s newest permanent exhibition Conveyed in the Clay: Stories from St. Catherines Island. The exhibit showcases the progression of design, function, and decoration found in pottery to reveal what it tells archaeologists about the Native American lifestyle, including how they adapted to changes in natural and cultural conditions.

Archaeology Day supports Georgia Archaeology Awareness Month’s message of educating the public about the significance of protecting and preserving Georgia’s archaeological sites and is offered as part of Fernbank’s Family Fun Day programming series.

Archaeology Day will be held at Fernbank Museum of Natural History on Saturday May 2, 2009 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is included with Museum admission. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for children ages 3-12, and free for children 2 and under and for all Museum members. All Scouts in uniform can receive $6 off the price of a child’s admission. Resources for earning scout badges and belt loops are available for download at www.fernbankmuseum.org.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road in Atlanta. Visitor information and tickets are available at fernbankmuseum.org or 404.929.6400.

Support for Fernbank’s Archaeology Day is provided by the WSB-TV Family 2 Family Project: AirTran Airways, Kroger, Northside Hospital and SCANA Energy.

Archaeology Day Scheduled Activities:

Archaeology Screening and Mending Activity
Act like an archaeologist as you sift through dirt and sand to find artifacts, and try your hand at piecing them back together.

Society for Georgia Archaeology
Enjoy hands-on activities guided by real archaeologists.

Pottery Demonstration
See a master at work and create your own clay masterpiece to take home.

Ancient Weaponry
Discover how ancient weapons were created using primitive tools and technologies. Darts, spear heads, and a variety of other tools will be on display.

War of 1812 Display
Artifacts from the War of 1812 from a local Georgia Archaeology site will be on display including buttons, mini ball bullets, and a variety of other artifacts.

Ask the Archaeologists
Learn about Fernbank’s newest collection Conveyed in Clay: Stories from St. Catherines Island in this special informal Q & A session.

Tool Demonstrations
Use modified versions of ancient tools to practice sharpening and slicing techniques.

Chunkey Game (Weather permitting)
Try your hand at playing this ancient game.

Weekend Wonders Archaeology Craft
Learn more about Archaeology during a special session of Weekend Wonders, designed specifically for little archaeologists.

Kids’ Meals
Don’t forget to stop by The Fernbank CafĂ© for special $6 kids’ meals that include a special “dirt cup” dessert inspired by Fernbank’s Archaeology Day.

Swaps Room
Just for scouts! Scouts in uniform can use this space to exchange swaps with other troops, regroup, or focus on badge work and belt loops.
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Guten Tag, Y’All… Globalization Comes to the South

“Guten Tag, Y’All.” A non sequitur? No. A German visiting Georgia trying to fit in with the local speech patterns? No.

It’s a new book by Clayton State Assistant Professor of History Dr. Marko Maunula and the University of Georgia Press.

With a scheduled publication date of Aug. 15, 2009, “Guten Tag, Y’All” (cloth, $44.95, 176 pp., ISBN 978-0-8203-2901-7) is a study of politics and culture in the 20th Century South, specifically, as noted in the subtitle, “Globalization and the South Carolina Piedmont, 1950-2000.”

“A valuable addition to the literature on post-World War II U.S. history, business and economic history, southern history, and labor history,” according to David Sicalla, coeditor of “Constructing Corporate America.”

A work some seven years in the writing and based on Maunula’s long-standing interest in “foreigners” in the American South, “Guten Tag” is a story of globalization that looks at the origins of the growth of recruiting foreign companies and capital to a region of the United States that is typically been, in Maunula’s words, not seen as being very cosmopolitan.

“It’s a history monograph… economic history and globalization. It should find a readership among the general public who are interested in the subject of globalization,” he says. “The traditional view of the South is that it’s not very cosmopolitan. As it turns out, the South has been more innovative and shrewd in international marketing than its northern and midwestern neighbors. In reality, the South has had a more cosmopolitan outlook than the North and the Midwest. In fact, southern elites have traditionally looked overseas.”

As proof of this last statement, Maunula points to the South’s 19th Century history of reliance on international trade in such markets as cotton and tobacco.

In the latter half of the 20th Century the South’s globalization focus, notably in South Carolina, has been on far different products than the agricultural staples of the past. And, as Maunula points out, it’s now a matter of bringing “foreign” capital to the U.S. Having experienced what Maunula calls a “gradually growing mild panic” in the 1950s and 1960s (which might be called the “Made in Japan Syndrome”), South Carolina officials in the 1960s reacted to the fear of the U.S. not being competitive in the global market with a proactive stance.

“In South Carolina, some people thought, `this is a two-way street,’ and they started recruiting foreign manufacturers to the state as part of a conscious policy,” he explains. “The focus of the book is on Spartanburg, South Carolina. They were sort of the John the Baptist of the whole movement.”

Maunula further notes that, after the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce, notably Richard “Dick” Tukey, got involved in recruitment, the state apparatus became involved, leading to South Carolina becoming a home away from home for such European corporations as BMW (Guten tag, y’all), Michelin and Ciba-Geigy.

Maunula was a lecturer at Kennesaw State University and a visiting lecturer at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill prior to coming to Clayton State. He also has extensive journalism experience in his native Finland, and writes for many publications in Europe, especially Finland.

Maunula has lived in the southern region of the United States for 16 years and considers Atlanta his American hometown as a “Scandinavian Southerner.” He says he was drawn to Clayton State because of, “the diversity and the impressive mix of professionalism and southern hospitality found in the faculty, staff, and students.”

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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The French in the American Revolution

We were recently asked if there was a definitive list of French soldiers who fought with the Marquis deLafayette during the American Revolution. After a few moments of head scratching, we contacted a local Fayette County Geni with the question.

Here is her response:

"The Title is "Les Combattants Francais de la guerre Americaine 1778-1783" published by Genealgoical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 1969. At the top of the title page it says "58th Congress, 2nd session, Document No. 77." Perhaps it could be accessed in English on the NARA web page."

That, in addition to the information we located on the internet, should allow the person who asked the question to get started in his quest.

According to Wikipedia, the following list are the units of French Soldiers who were sent to fight with the American Colonies. Please keep in mind that over 6000 Frenchmen fought for America's freedoms and the French Navy also played a role so this list is not complete.

Without the support of France, the colonists would have been hard pressed to win their battle against England. We would suggest contacting your local French Embassy to see if they can lead you in the direction to find a list of men.

French Infantry regiments

Agenois Regiment
Auxonne Regiment
Bourbonnois Regiment
Gatinois Regiment
Metz Regiment
Royal Deux-Ponts Regiment
Saintonge Regiment
Soissonois Regiment
Touraine Regiment

Dragoons

Lauzun's Legion


Sources:
-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/France_in_the_American_Revolutionary_War
-S. Sloan, Fayetteville, GA, via email

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Saturday, April 4, 2009

"Today in Fayetteville" January 5, 1917

Another look into Fayette Co. Past:
 

                              THE FAYETTEVILLE NEWS

                                  January 5, 1917
 
                                   LOCAL NEWS
 
The holidays passed so quietly that we hardly realized it was Christmas. The new year is with us and we should try with more zeal and courage to make it a brighter and better year than the one just past.
 
Several kind-hearted people of the county help to brighten the lives of the old people at the county farm Christmas, by remembering them with gifts of wearing apparel and fruits, which was highly appreciated.
 
                                      EAST SIDE
 
This part of town has undergone a considerable change. Some families moved out and others moved in. Mrs JS Millsapps moved to a farm 6 miles west of town and Mr. WH Tidwell lmoved into the house formerly occupied by her. Mr JR Jackson moved to a farm four miles eaast of Jonesboro, and Mr. Bogan Farrer has moved into our midst. We welcome good people in our town.
 
Miss Anna Ruth Murphy returned to school at Milledgeville last Wednesday
 
Marcelus Kendrick is at Mr. B Thorntons and is just recovering form a case of measles.
 
             HOME GARDENING CUTS DOWN BILLS
 
"A real garden", says Mr. Hastings, president of the Southeasten Fair Association and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, properly prepared and planted,  and kept planted throughout the season, will help mor to decrease store bills than anything else the farmer can do.  There are lots of what I term 'one planting' gardens. Gardens with a few struggling rows of beans, a few dozen cabbages and tomato plants, with some watermelon off in one corner, but thats not real gardening any more than a youngsters first drawing of a cat or a dog on his slate, is fine art. Our southern folks generally dont take the garden seriously when as a matter of fact the  right kind of a garden, containing a full line of vegetables and kept busy all season, is reasonably sure of furnishing at least half the living of the family.
Submitted CB Glover

 
 

Friday, April 3, 2009

U.S. Civil Rights Commission Commemorates 41st Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Death

/PRNewswire / -- The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights urged all Americans to reflect on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by recalling the legacy of the civil rights leader on the anniversary of his death 41 years ago tomorrow. On April 4, 1968, Dr. King was shot and killed as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, where he had gone to support black sanitary public works employees who had been on strike for better wages and working conditions. His murder happened the day after his famous "I've Been to the Mountaintop" sermon, in which he revealed that he was not afraid to die.

"Dr. King's 1963 leadership of a peaceful demonstration of more than 250,000 people on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., is considered by many to be a defining moment of the twentieth century," said Gerald A. Reynolds, Commission Chairman. Only five years later, Dr. King's life was brutally cut short, setting off mourning across the nation. But his assassin's bullet could not extinguish King's vision of a color-blind society and message of equality before the law and dignity for all persons, which transcended his death. Because of Dr. King's inspiring leadership, our nation has made extraordinary progress in eradicating discrimination and promoting equal opportunity for all its citizens.

Dr. King was a founder and President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). His strategy of nonviolent resistance in the face of inequity and systemic institutional discrimination led to numerous arrests in the 1950s and 1960s for his civil rights activities. In 1964, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The nation celebrates his birthday as a national holiday every third Monday in January.

"Dr. King voiced the hope that his four children would one day live in a nation where they would be judged not by the color of their skin but the content of their character," Reynolds said. "He inspired us to stand together against discrimination and oppression that had for years limited freedom for many Americans. We reflect on his life and contributions on the 41st anniversary of his untimely death."

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

City of Valdosta Receives Federal Historic Preservation Grant

The City of Valdosta has been awarded a Historic Preservation Fund Grant to produce a Geographic Information Systems (GIS)-enabled web site to be used by family-members, historians, genealogists, and anyone interested in learning about the generations of Valdostans laid to rest at the city-owned Sunset Hill Cemetery. Valdosta is one of the first communities in the state to offer this type of innovative resource, creatively combining technology and City history.

The City is one of ten Georgia cities selected to receive part of over $75,000 in grants from the Historic Preservation Fund, offered by the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, for historic preservation projects.

The City was awarded the $3,000 grant for the creation of the GIS-enabled interactive web site, which will eventually be linked from the City of Valdosta’s current web site and will serve the community in at least two valuable ways. First, it will be a valuable archive of historical and genealogical information, available to anyone with Internet access. Second, it will serve as a convenient source of cemetery information regarding hours of operation, cemetery etiquette, available lots, their cost, and other information useful to citizens.

The grant money will be used to design and build the site through a contract with the South Georgia Regional Development Center and will include:

An interactive map of the cemetery that users can point and click to retrieve detailed information about gravesites;
A searchable database of those buried in the cemetery, especially useful to historians, genealogists, and other heritage tourists;
The ability to locate information about available lots and the cemetery’s general rules and regulations; and
A detailed history of the cemetery, featuring historic and current photographs.
Sunset Hill Cemetery was established in 1861, a year after the town of Valdosta was chartered. The GIS-enabled interactive web site is expected to go live in summer 2010, in time for the City’s sesquicentennial celebration.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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, christineproctor90@yahoo.com
Vice-Pres. Linton Herrin, 912-462-5920, latrell@btconline.net2nd
Vice Pres. Betty McGuire, 912-462-5709, bjam@btconline.net
Sec. Stephanie Watkins, 912-462-5457, Watkins@watkinsfarm.com
Treas. Jerry Herrin, 912-462-6245, jvherrin@coastalbb.com
Pub. Dir. Dorothy Thomas, 912-265-7599, djt1927@aol.com.

GUIDELINES & RULES FOR "STORY OF BRANTLEY COUNTY, GEORGIA, VOL. 2"
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: djt1927@aol.com or djt1927@comcast.net.

GUIDELINES & RULES FOR THOSE WHO SERVED IN THE CONFEDERACY
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: jvherrin@coastalbb.com.

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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 www.augustamuseum.org.

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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 www.historicaugusta.org.

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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 www.historicaugusta.org.

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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 http://www.soga.wildapricot.org/banks

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: www.georgiahistory.com.
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