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2003-2004 Activities

PRESIDENTS Annual Report

Lower Altamaha Historical Society has again finished a successful year. Our membership has grown by at least one person or family each month and there have been numerous visitors attend our meetings.

Nine programs have been presented and enjoyed by all present. In July 2003 we met at the Sapelo Visitor Center for our annual picnic. There were around fifty in attendance and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. October was "Show and Tell" month, brought back by popular demand. There were many interesting items and tales shared by all.

Our annual Christmas party was held at Belvedere Island Clubhouse. The warm atmosphere and wonderful food added to the holiday spirit among friends. Of course Everett’s eggnog stole the show.

LAHS sponsored a lecture series by Buddy Sullivan in the fall. We all learned about our beautiful McIntosh County and its people through the years.

There are plans to apply next spring for another historical marker in Darien. Our yearly commitment to Habitat for Humanity was accomplished in May. LAHS members painted for Habitat. This current Habitat home is dedicated to the memory of Tom Chambers. Tom Chambers was a special friend of LAHS.

May 11,2004 a scholarship of $1,000 was presented to a deserving graduate of McIntosh County Academy. Davina Desdune will have our help in attending Georgia State College in Atlanta. There were six highly qualified students who competed for the scholarship.

Field trips have also been a highlight of the year and Bob and Jean Hawkins have done a superb job of planning. Last spring a group went to Charleston on tour which included visiting the H. L. Hunley, the first Confederate Submarine. Fall of 2003 a trip was taken to Sapelo and the group was served a wonderful low country meal. This May a number of members took a cruise up the Altamaha River.

Georgia Days is sponsored by the Georgia Historical Society. in February 2004 our society again supported and participated in Georgia Days. There was a reenactment of Oglethorpe’s arrival to visit the Scots in Darien. In the evening a Scottish influenced dinner was served at Ft. King George. Two of our members helped with the serving of this meal and Everett along with Ken Akins put all the plans together.

May LAHS continue to grow in numbers and may it continue presenting and preserving history.

Thank You, Dinah Jackson