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NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2005

NEXT MEETING: Our next meeting is scheduled for 6:00pm on 27th October at which Dr. Keith Tinker, Director, Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation, and Mr. Pericles Maillis will speak on Clifton Plantation giving an overview of the cultural aspect, new archaeological finds and current efforts to preserve this very important historical site. The presentation will be accompanied by a PowerPoint show. This is a timely subject and promises to be very interesting.

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER MEETING: The last meeting for 2005 is scheduled for 1st December. Mr. Lionel Levine will speak on Sir Stafford Sands. More information will be announced in the next Newsletter.

MUSEUM: The Museum has opened after the summer recess. We welcome our newest volunteer, Mrs. Beryl Strachan, who opens the Museum on Saturday mornings. We also welcome back our dedicated volunteers: Miss Jeanette Roberts and Mrs. Vienna Johnson (Mondays), Mrs. Dolly Foster (Tuesdays and Friday afternoons), Mrs. Joan Johnstone and Mrs. Joan Clarke (Thursdays), Dr. Vernell Allen and Lady Isaacs (Fridays), and Police Reservist Corp. Neville Taylor, who is at the Museum everyday. We very much appreciate the dedication of these ladies and Corp. Taylor.

CONDOLENCES: The Bahamas Historical Society sends condolences to Mr. Thomas Wardle, Jr. on the passing of his father, Mr. Thomas Wardle, Sr. The Wardle Family have been winter residents of Nassau and has been very active in the Society since the late 1970s.

We also send condolences to Mrs. Dianne Morley and family on the passing of Mr. John Morley. Mr. and Mrs. Morley were supporters of the Society, with Mrs. Morley providing the fashion show at our annual Spring Lunch.

BARBECUE: Members would be aware that the British High Commission in Nassau has closed. A succession of High Commissioners generously supported the Society by allowing us the use of the garden on Shirley Slope. This year we do not have a venue for this very important fundraiser. The barbecue was also an important event as members and friends were able to socialize in an informal atmosphere. If anyone has any ideas for a suitable venue please e-mail the Society’s president at the address in the letterhead. If we act quickly we may still be able to have the barbecue.

MEMBERSHIP DUES: We wish to remind members that it is time to renew their memberships. A large number of members have already renewed but there are still quite a number who have not. Your Society needs you! (NOTE: All persons who receive the Newsletter by e-mail will receive a membership renewal form. If you have not renewed for 2005 please do so now, otherwise your membership may be discontinued).

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