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NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2006

NEXT MEETING: Our next meeting is scheduled for 6:00pm on 26th January at which Mr. Chris Curry, History Lecturer, College of The Bahamas will give a presentation entitled "Bain Town and Future Trends in Bahamian Histiography." Mr. Curry spoke at our January 2005 meeting and is the author of an article in the current edition of The Journal of The Bahamas Historical Society. We look forward to your attendance at what promises to be another interesting meeting.

LAST MEETING: Thirty-six persons attended our December meeting at which Mr. Lionel Levine spoke on Sir Stafford Sands. The meeting was followed by refreshments and provided an occasion for members to socialize. We thank Mr. Levine for speaking at the meeting and we thank those members who provided the refreshments.

Lady Isaacs and Mr. Jim Lawlor, both Trustees, greet the guest speaker, Mr. Lionel Levine.

NEWSLETTER: Members who receive the Newsletter by e-mail will notice some exciting changes. This is only the second time that we have added photographs to the Newsletters which is not possible with the paper edition.

CONDOLENCES: The Bahamas Historical Society sends condolences to Mr. Donald Brown on the passing of his brother, David, and to Ms. Linda Huber on the passing of her mother, Augusta. The Officers of the Society were also saddened to learn of the death of Mr. George Mackey OBE, Chairman, Antiquities, Monuments and Museum Corporation. Although not a member, Mr. Mackey was an avid historian and student of Bahamian history.

NEW DATABASE: Please see the website for additional details on the CD-Rom database compiled by Captain Paul Aranha entitled, In Loving Memory: A 2005 Guide to Inscriptions on the Graves in St. Matthew’s Cemetery, the Jewish Cemetery, the Eastern Cemetery and the Centre Burial Ground. The database provides both text and photograph of each inscription and is available at the Museum for $25.00 each. Captain Aranha has generously offered the Society 50% of the proceeds.

MEETINGS: Our February meeting is tentatively scheduled for the 23rd of the month at which Mr. Darius Williams of Freeport will speak on railroads in The Bahamas. The March meeting is scheduled for 30th of the month at which Mr. William Fielding of the College of The Bahamas will speak on Potcakes, very famous (and infamous) residents of The Bahamas. Please mark these dates on your calendars. More details will be announced in future Newsletters.

FUNDRAISING: We were not able to have the annual barbecue in November because we could not locate a suitable venue following the closure of the British High Commission. The barbecue was an important fundraising activity for the Society. In order to meet the shortfall in funds we are asking members to consider contributing the funds that they would have ordinarily spent at the barbecue. These funds are much needed to help the Society continue functioning until the financial year begins in May.

Volunteers chat: Dr. Vernell Allen, Recording Secretary (standing), shares a private joke with Ms. Vernita Johnson, Mrs. Beryl Strachan and Ms. Julia Munroe (friend)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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