PRESIDENTS Annual Report
"The World of the Salt Marsh." This book looks at the ecological significance of the marshes, habitat for sea creatures and erosion protection. Our location in Darien near Sapelo Sound and the Darien River made this a very interesting program. September brought Dr. Marshall P. "Mark" Waters presenting an interesting program entitled "Whatever Happened to the Confederate Gold." The Confederate treasury was estimated to be worth $10 million dollars in todayís value. Mark had to come back in April 2013 to finish the story. Unfortunately, all the gold is gone now, after having been dispersed to pay troops and other expenses. Some may have drifted into the pockets of unscrupulous people.
In October 2012 our own Buddy Sullivan had a very interesting program on the "Life, Labor and Landscape on the Georgia Coast." His presentation was very interesting, as usual. He is so knowledgeable about coastal Georgia history. Buddy is the author of numerous books about Coastal Georgia and state history. Novemberís program was "Show and Tell." This is always a great time to see and hear what treasures and heirlooms our members have. We always have interesting displays.
The LAHS Christmas celebration in December was a great success, as always. Belvedere Plantation was decorated in traditional holiday fashion. The food and fellowship was excellent. Dr. Peter Mullen returned in January 2013 with another interesting program on "Civil War Feuds: A Family Tradition." Unfortunately, many families experienced divided loyalties during that tragic war. It was interesting to hear him tell about many of the family events during that time. The story of John C. Fremont, a Savannah native, was presented in February. Fremontís expeditions in the American West, dealing with the Spanish and Indians, was most interesting. A recent book I read about Kit Carson, Fremontís chief scout, highlights the importance of Fremontís expeditions in uniting our nation from sea to sea.
Dr. Kevin Kiernan cam in March to present a program on "Archaeology on the Lower Altamaha." Tabby ruins in the northern section of Glynn County proved to be very interesting. In May, Jim Jordan returned with the remarkable story of "A Confederate Revenge: Gazaway
Lamar defeats the Yankees." Mr. Lamarís legal battles to receive payment for his cotton taken by the Union Army in Savannah were very interesting. "Shermanís March Through Georgia" was presented by Dr. Stephen Berry of the University of Georgia in June. He presented interesting information and insights of what occurred during that infamous march through Georgiaís heartland. This was part of the "Burning of Darien" commemoration held in June 2013 to mark the 150th anniversary of this event.
Numerous field trips were enjoyed during the year. The
Charleston Tea Plantation and the Cumberland Island "Lands and Legacy Tour"
were both excellent as well as the trip to the Coastal Georgia Botanical
Gardens/Bamboo Garden and Skidaway Aquarium. Thank you to Harriet Roberson
for arranging these. It was a great year, and I look forward to the coming
year. May the Lordís blessings be with you all.