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2007-2008 Activities

PRESIDENTS Annual Report

At last June’s picnic we watched the Fort King George film. At our picnic this May, we went to see our new LAHS ARCHIVES BUILDING. This facility is a climate-controlled, well-insulated (thanks to Chris Milner) 12x20 building on the grounds of Fort King George, by the maintenance shop. It houses all of our books, records, research, donated collections, genealogical information, reports, and papers. We opened for business the first Thursday in June of this year, and with a committee of volunteers, we are open from 11:00 am. to 3:00 p.m. every Thursday. All persons are welcome to come and research, read, talk, visit, and just generally look through what we have. Use of the materials is “on site only.” The project has been a year in the making and now we can all be proud of what has been accomplished here. We hope that the community and people near and far will take advantage of this wonderful resource.

In our programs this past year (set up by Howard KlippeI): Curt Steger gave examples of the faith and character of Robert E. Lee; Dr. John Derden told of a Civil War Confederate prison for Union soldiers located near Millen, Georgia; R. D. Gardner, Chairman of the Historic Preservation Commission of McIntosh County, spoke about his goals; Jim Jordan explained the political and economic factors in the South that led to secession; Catherine Shuman, graduate student at GSU, told of Sunbury as a thriving port a century ago; Dr. William Harris, Jr., reviewed his newest book, “Wassaw Sound,” a novel about the nuclear bomb buried there still; Robert Dunkerly spoke of the Scottish loyalists in South Carolina and Georgia, as part of the Fort’s Scottish Heritage Days celebration; Jack Ferguson related many interesting tales of Benjamin Franklin as statesman, scientist, writer, and printer; and we heard from Ophelia Dent through the words of Sudy Leavy and her new book, “Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation.”

Our money (from dues, book sales, a share of the city’s hotel/ motel tax, and gifts) paid for the Archives Building, supported Fort King George’s Georgia Day activities, provided some additional chairs for the Fort’s auditorium, reprinted Buddy Sullivan’s “Rice Grower” book (which was sold out), purchased additional copies of Buddy Sullivan’s “Georgia: A State History” (which was sold out), funded a donation to support the Blessing of the Fleet, funded our membership in the Chamber of Commerce, and provided the annual scholarship we present to a graduating senior at McIntosh County Academy.

Our website is “super.” It is chock full of information ... LAHS history, newsletters, book list and info for ordering, membership information, our McIntosh historical markers and sites, Fort King George information, and links to other related sites of interest, it is a real treasure, thanks to Jim Bruce, our webmaster. You need to visit it often as he is continually updating and adding new things.

In late 2007, we lost Annie Gill, a dedicated, long-time member, former president, and ardent supporter of LAHS. She is sadly missed. Her son, Ralph Gill, has donated her rather extensive collection of books, papers and genealogical materials to the LAHS archives, for which we are most grateful.

Our books are still selling well, attendance at our meetings is good, a number of us enjoyed a trip to Leslie, Plains and Andersonville last fail, and several members attended a workshop to learn how to register oak trees into the Live Oak Society. We are continuing our wonderful working relationship with Fort King George thanks to Steven Smith, Superintendent. Our officers, board members, and committee chairmen are hard-working, dedicated LAHS members who give of their time and talent to keep this group alive and well. We need to give them our thanks and a round of applause, because we couldn’t do without them. This was the second year of my presidency.

Harriet Roberson