Saturday, July 18, 2009

St. Simons Island's Chautauqua Book Discussion Focuses on Eugenia Price Series

The second in a series of three book discussions focusing on Eugenia Price and her St. Simons Trilogy is Tuesday, July 28 at 10 a.m. in the A. W. Jones Heritage Center. Billie Huggins, a local step-on tour guide and a volunteer at the St. Simons Island Lighthouse, will lead the discussion on Price’s book New Moon Rising.

The sequel to Lighthouse, New Moon Rising tells the story of James Gould’s son, Horace, whose northern education has put him at odds with his Georgia heritage. Dismissed from Yale for being involved in a student rebellion, he returns to St. Simons Island where he works on the family plantation, has nine children and prepares to fight for the Confederacy even though he has doubts about the institution of slavery.

Sponsored by the Coastal Georgia Historical Society, the event is open to the public and no registration is required. Copies of Price’s books are available in the A. W. Jones Heritage Center museum store for purchase. Call the Society at (912) 638-4666 for more information.

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St. Simons Island Star Walk July 23

Can you find the North Star? The Big Dipper? How about Orion’s Belt?

You can locate these constellations and more if you come to the Coastal Georgia Historical Society’s Star Walk on July 23 at 8:30 p.m.

Led by astronomer David Dundee of the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, GA, the program will begin with a short introduction in the Education Building behind the Maritime Center at the Historic Coast Guard Station on East Beach. Participants will then move outside and down to the beach to gaze at the stars as Mr. Dundee completes his presentation with a star tour.

Bring your telescope for the second half of the program (not required).

Admission fee for the program is $10 per person. Admission fees are waived for current Coastal Georgia Historical Society members. Call the Society at (912) 638-4666 to register.
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Friday, July 17, 2009

Georgia Historical Society Honors Affiliate Chapters in Warm Springs and Thomaston

GHS President & CEO Dr. W. Todd Groce will present the 2009 Roger K. Warlick Local History Achievement Awards for Affiliate of the Year and Media Project at two separate presentations on Tuesday, July 21, 2009. The recipients for these awards are: the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute Library for Affiliate of the Year, and the Upson County Historical Society and the Thomaston-Upson Archives for Media Project. The Warlick Awards recognize the efforts of historical organizations across the state to collect, preserve, and share the history of Georgia to the general public.

The Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute Library will be honored first at a presentation at 2:30 p.m. in the Meadows Room in Georgia Hall at their headquarters at 6391 Roosevelt Highway in Warm Springs, GA. The Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute Library is being recognized for its continuing efforts to preserve, and promote the history of Georgia and the Warm Springs institute through a variety of programs and exhibits, including the recent Smithsonian exhibit “Whatever Happened to Polio?,” their contributions to recent GHS publications, and for their continuing support of historical programming in the area.

The Upson County Historical Society and the Thomaston-Upson Archives are being recognized in the Media Project category for their outstanding work in the creation and interpretation of the history of Upson County through a series of History Radio Spots. The award presentation will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the Thomaston-Upson Archives at 301 South Center Street in Thomaston, GA. The award presentation will be preceded by a brief reception starting at 5:30 p.m.

Following the presentation of the Warlick Award for Media Project at 6:15 p.m., Dr. Groce will present a lecture, “Making Georgia Howl: Sherman and the Birth of Modern Warfare.” The program is free and open to the public and will take place in the downstairs Archive Conference Room.

The GHS Affiliate Chapter Program is a growing network of local historical organizations throughout Georgia and beyond. Members include hundreds of historical and genealogical societies, commissions, museums, libraries, foundations, archives, preservation organizations, churches, and patriotic organizations. For more information on the Affiliate Chapter Program and to download a membership form, please visit The Roger K. Warlick Awards are presented annually to members of the GHS Affiliate Chapter Program, in the following six categories: Affiliate of the Year, Archival Excellence, Exhibits, Media Project, Programs, and Preservation Project.
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The Society of Georgia Archivists

The Society of Georgia Archivists Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the 2009 Larry Gulley Scholarship.

The Gulley Scholarship awards the following:

· Registration to SGA's Annual Meeting (November 4-6, 2009 in Savannah, GA)
· Up to $100 for travel expenses
· 1 year membership in SGA The deadline to apply is August 15, 2009.

To apply for the Gulley Scholarship, please visit,

To learn more about other SGA scholarships, please visit,

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Southeastern Family History Expo

September 12, 2009
The Georgia Historical Society will be participating in the Southeastern Family History Expo held at South University on Saturday, September 12th. The expo will provide information on how to do genealogy and will feature presentations from area libraries and family history organizations. South University Pharmaceutical Building, 704 Mall Blvd, Savannah 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

NewspaperARCHIVE Partners with Stars and Stripes

NewspaperARCHIVE, in partnership with Stars and Stripes U.S. military publication, announces the online release of the Stars and Stripes historic newspaper archive.

Stars and Stripes, the daily independent news source for the U.S. military community, has partnered with NewspaperARCHIVE to digitize and make its entire microfilm archive available online. This partnership, which also includes microfilm preservation of Stars and Stripes newspapers, gives libraries, historical societies, educational institutions and individuals online access to more than one million pages of historic newspaper content never before available.

"We are proud to be able to distribute this historic military publication," said Jeff Kiley, General Manager of Heritage Microfilm. "Researchers across the globe will now have access to Stars and Stripes, which has been reporting on major headlines from the front lines continuously since World War II. The newspaper's archive offers readers a global perspective on events that shaped the world's history, such as the Vietnam War, the moon landing, the fall of the Berlin Wall and much, much more. Stars and Stripes is a wonderful research tool for historians and genealogists, containing a wealth of information about American service members and the events which shape their history."

The archive is the culmination of nearly two years' worth of work assembling the best microfilm of the Stars and Stripes collection available, scanning it into digital form, inspecting each image for irregularities and quality issues, correcting any problem images, and building a fully-searchable digital archive website.

Content from Stars and Stripes is featured on NewspaperARCHIVE, located at The archive is divided in two editions: the Pacific Stars and Stripes and European Stars and Stripes. The Stars and Stripes collection is integrated into almost 100 million additional newspaper pages of valuable content from the U.S. and around the world, dating as far back as 1753.
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Today in Fayetteville December 31, 1909

Take a look at what was of interest to our ancestos in 1909..

                           THE FAYETTEVILLE NEWS 
                                                       Dec 31, 1909

                                  Worlds Richest Woman

            Estate of EH Harriman was really worth over 200,000,000 dollars

New York City-.Edward H Harriman was really worth at the time of his death over 200,000,000 although a recent appraisal of his estate placed its value at 149,000,000. Since Mr. Harriman's death his estate has profited by a rise in market values, and it is stated that the wealth of Mrs. Harriman may be conservatively estimated at 220,000,000, which would make her probably the richest woman in the world.

                              Colleges vote for football

             Colleges want to retain the American game.

New York City-fifty colleges out of approximately eight-eight in the inter collegiate athletics assn. have voted for retention of the American football game, with the elimination of mass plays and other dangerous plays.
Five institutions voted that the preset game is satisfactory, except for minor details, Seventeen favored the English game of Rugby, seven take a midway position between the American game and Rugby, and 9 voted that either the American game should be radically changed or Rugby substituted.

                       Dixie First American Song

Yankee Doodle is second in the popularity contest.

Washington DC- "Dixie" has finally been officially proclaimed as the first in American songs and music in popularity. Such is the verdict of OGT Sonnect,
Chief of the Division of Music on the Library of Congress. "Yankee Doodle"
he says though no longer a national song is still second only to Dixie" in the popularity contest
A very interesting addition has been added to the Holliday-Dorsey- Fife House Museum.
A collection of over 500 Creek Indian arrowheads and impliments, from the LIne Creek area, has been donated to the museum. Many sizes  of arrowheads  made of flint, quartz and other unknown rocks are displayed. Some are smaller than a postage stamp.  
There has also been additions to the WW1 and WW2 collection. Stop by and let John Lynch, the curator, show you around..  
Submitted by CB Glover

Monday, July 13, 2009

Unearthing Hitler's Hidden Holocaust: National Geographic Channel Sheds Light on One of the Darkest and Least-Known Chapters of Nazi Terror

/PRNewswire / -- Stripped naked, lined up at the edge of a ditch and gunned down. Village by village, family by family, bullet by bullet. Before the gas chambers and ovens of the notorious death camps, this was the barbaric protocol used by the Nazis to murder an estimated 1.5 million Jewish men, women and children at hundreds of Eastern European sites during World War II. Many of these mass graves still remain unknown, but through careful investigation many are just now yielding their all too terrible secrets.

On Sunday, August 2, 2009, the National Geographic Channel journeys back to Nazi Europe to tell the story of Hitler's Hidden Holocaust -- the killing frenzy of Hitler's extermination brigades, known as the Einsatzgruppen or "action groups." Woven together with harrowing testimonials from survivors, witnesses and experts, this one-hour special presents in chilling detail -- with photographic evidence and rare video footage -- how Nazi soldiers planned, documented and committed these horrific crimes. It was the same routine: Go into a town, round up Jewish families, take them to a ditch and shoot them, often in front of curious spectators.

Hitler's Hidden Holocaust brings this gruesome chapter to light by returning to some of the known killing sites across Eastern Europe -- communities where the faces and stories of the victims miraculously survived through photos and film. "It's hard to look at these things, and that's why we must look at these things. They unleash within us a feeling of shame -- shame not because we were the perpetrators but shame because we're a member of the same species," says Professor Michael Berenbaum of American Jewish University.

Featured interviewees include: Father Patrick Desbois, Yahad-In Unum; Dr. David Marwell, Museum of Jewish Heritage; Dr. Peter Black, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; Richard Rhodes, author of "Masters of Death"; Ben Ferencz, lead prosecutor of 1947 Einsatzgruppen trials; among others.

For more information, visit

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Tellus Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Moon Landing

/PRNewswire/ -- Tellus: Northwest Georgia Science Museum is commemorating the 40th anniversary of the first manned landing on the Moon with a weekend of special events Saturday, July 18 through Monday, July 20.

The weekend's highlight is a special book signing and talk by NASA artist Paul Calle, the only artist allowed on site when the Apollo 11 astronauts prepared for their historic voyage. Calle's work has been featured in exhibits across the country and much of it is now housed in the National Air and Space Museum. Tellus owns one original Calle painting and several high-quality reproductions. Calle will be signing copies of his new book "Celebrating Apollo 11" on Sunday, July 19 at 1 p.m. before sharing his memories of the Apollo 11 launch during a 2 p.m. lecture. The lecture is free for members or included with paid museum admission for the public.

"We're delighted to have an artist of Paul Calle's caliber here," said Tellus executive director Jose Santamaria. "His unique perspective - being the only artist allowed with the Apollo 11 astronauts on the day of the launch, gives him an experience that we can't wait to hear about and share with our visitors."

The day before the lecture, Saturday, July 18, Tellus will open the museum's observatory for a tour of the night sky beginning from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. This public viewing is free with paid museum admission.

"Unfortunately the Moon will not be visible that evening, but weather permitting, we will be able to see the planet Saturn, star clusters and the Ring Nebula," said Tellus Astronomer David Dundee. "We might also catch some double stars, too. It's sure to be a great night for stargazing."

Throughout the weekend Tellus will offer numerous events, including continuous showings of a new show in the digital planetarium. "Dawn of the Space Age" chronicles the beginning of space exploration, the launch of the first artificial satellite and the incredible lunar landings. Tellus will also offer demonstrations of the Apollo voyage using models, children's activities and screenings of archived NASA footage.

The celebration and activities will continue through Monday, July 20, the actual anniversary of the Moon landing.

"We are pleased to commemorate this historic event at Tellus. It is a proud moment in this country's numerous scientific advancements and, 40 years later, it is still an amazing story," Santamaria said.

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

July 9 is Anniversary of Death of Zachary Taylor, our 12th President

HH Note: History is just so important to learn. While we all learned some of this and that while in school, it appears that advancing age now provides the momentum to learn as much as we can about the history of America. Thought you'd enjoy learning more about the 12th President of the United States. Tis interesting to note that his inexperience escalated the impending Civil War.

July 9, 1850
President Taylor dies of cholera

Zachary Taylor, the 12th president of the United States, dies suddenly from an attack of cholera morbus. He was succeeded by Millard Fillmore.

Raised in Kentucky with little formal schooling, Zachary Tay.....

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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Remembering Fallen Soldiers and Heroes Who Fought For Our Freedom On This Fourth of July

/24-7/ -- "As America begins celebrating the birth of its country, they should also remember the soldiers who fought for our freedom that everyone enjoys," said Director Richard D. Lanni, who recently toured America with his latest film The Americans On D-Day. The film was shot on location in Europe.

"The battle tour film helps people understand exactly what these brave soldiers experienced at war," said Ellwood von Seibold, who has been hired by WW2 Reflections to present the whole series. Filming for Part 2 of the Battlefield Tour Series The Americans on D-Day to VE Day begins in September and is expected to be completed just in time for the 66th Anniversary of D-Day in June next year. "The 4th of July highlights the freedom of a model country for the rest of the world," he said.

The new film will include: The Americans at Hells Highway (Operation Market Garden) with Presenter Ellwood von Seibold guiding viewers through the U.S paratroopers actions in Holland, WW2 Reflections recently filmed the entire St. Mere Eglise ceremonies on the 65th Anniversary of D-Day, where the French Government handed out medal of valor and recognized soldiers for one of the worst battles in War history.

The tour film will also illustrate the daylight drop zones, the bridges that were taken and held, and the famous Waal river crossing of the 504 p.i.r in an action packed educational project. Veteran interviews will add to excitement of the battlefield tour, which continues to chart the American forces advance from D-Day to Victory in Europe Day
(VE Day).

Earlier this year, the premiere of The Americans on D-Day was shown at the American Legion Post 43 in Hollywood, CA, where all the military dignitaries involved in the film and who provided testimony in the first film series provided more stories of valor.

The American Legion has posted exclusive footage Online filmed by WW2 Reflections, Dublin, Ireland, of the 65th anniversary ceremonies of D-Day in St. Mere Eglise, Normandy, France. (

At the epicenter of D-Day anniversary activities each year is the small town of Ste. Mere Eglise, made famous by the 1962 hit movie "The Longest Day." Each year, even today, veterans, historians, tourists and re-enactors swarm to the Normandy town to see history come alive. Active-duty paratroopers jump from C-130s in the countryside surrounding the town. Parades, wreath-laying ceremonies and activities at the town's Airborne Museum.

The stars of the world's largest production - a film on the invasion of Normandy, "The Americans on D-Day," premiered in the French language earlier this year. (May 07, 2007.) Several hundred local officials, visiting military dignitaries and stars of the film attended.
"We decided to show it in St. Mere Eglise, Normandy, because it was t
he first town to be liberated," explained Richard D. Lanni, film director, WW2 Reflections, Dublin, Ireland. "We are thrilled with The American Legion's support, endorsement and now posting of our historical recordings of the French government ceremonies honoring veterans for those heroic days."

In April, about 100 people saw the film in Hollywood at the American Legion Post #43, Hollywood, CA. "It was well done, and the reproduction of the Normandy scenes were pretty darn powerful, and the overlays of graphics were very good," said Adj. Finance Officer Terry Duddy, American Legion Hollywood Post 43. "It was well received by our members attending here. We have posted a link for DVD sales, and five dollars goes to paralyzed veterans on each film sale on our website (

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Friday, July 3, 2009

What happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors. These were tortured before they died. Twelve signers had their homes ransacked and burned. Two signers lost sons serving in the Revolutionary Army. Yet another signer had two sons captured. Finally, nine of the 56 signers fought and subsequently died from wounds or hardships received during the Revolutionary War. Indeed, as the last line of the Declaration states, the entire contingent pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

These heroes came from all walks of life. 11 were merchants. Nine were farmers or large plantation owners. Twenty-four were lawyers or jurists. But as they signed the Declaration of Independence, they did so knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

Truly, liberty is a blessing.

This year, join me in remembering those Americans in harm's way on the front lines of freedom around the globe.

Ivy and I send you each of you our very best this Independence Day weekend.

John Oxendine
Governor 2010
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