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NEWSLETTER September 2006

Museum To Reopen – The Bahamas Historical Society’s summer break is over. The museum will reopen for visitors on September 1st, and our monthly meetings will also resume. We hope that we can count on your continued patronage.

September Meeting – The September meeting will be earlier in the month than our usual meeting date. It is scheduled for Thursday, September 14th, 2006, at 6:00 pm in our museum on the corner of Shirley Street and Elizabeth Avenue. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Alfred Pugh, whose presentation is titled, “Unfamiliar Connecting Linkages: George Liele and Afro-Bahamian Baptist Foundations.” Please join us for this lecture which will discuss how Liele’s ministry and legacy impacted or contributed to pioneer Baptist development in the Bahamas and Haiti.

Extraordinary Meeting – At the last AGM in April, we began to discuss restructuring the way our society operates. As many of our committees have become defunct, we have proposed to put those in question “to rest,” and to operate with an expanded Management Committee instead. According to our Articles of Association, we would like to elect five additional members to the Management Committee at the October meeting, which will therefore have the status of an extraordinary one. However, there will be a guest speaker at the October meeting, too.

Fundraiser? – At the last AGM, it was suggested to hold a fundraiser at the museum on New Year’s Eve, the obvious benefit of this party being the “front row seats” to the Junkanoo parade, which the museum offers. Because of a variety of concerns, we would like to know how many members and friends would be interested to attend such a party, and whether you would prefer for such a party to be a sit-down dinner (starting earlier in the evening), or an after-dinner cocktail party (starting later and thus cutting down on the time until the parade begins). Please let us know your feelings about this one by sending an e-mail to info@bahamashistoricalsociety.com. Thank you.

Why Fundraisers? – There are a number of projects that need funding; most of them concern the upgrading of the museum facilities, to make the museum more attractive to visitors. Sadly, due to the Shirley Street traffic on one hand and termites on the other, some parts of the museum need to be fixed, before others can be upgraded.

Special Offers – The BHS is happy to announce the following special deal exclusively to its members – A complete set of the Journal of the Bahamas Historical Society (Volumes 1 through 27) can be obtained for $75 (instead of $135). These complete sets can be picked up from Mr. Stephen Aranha’s office at the College of The Bahamas (Bishop Michael H. Eldon Complex, Oakes Field) after ordering them via telephone (324-3546 or 397-2614) or e-mail (info@bahamashistoricalsociety.com).
Also, some of the books sold in our museum have been reduced in price. Most notably, the books Woodes Rogers: Privateer and Governor by G. E. Manwaring, and Nassau, Bahamas 1823-4: The Diary of a Physician from the United States Visiting the Island of New Providence by P. S. Townsend now sell for only $1.

Appeal to Members – Those of you who still receive a paper copy of this newsletter but have access to the Internet and e-mail are encouraged to subscribe to the electronic version of the newsletter instead. This will not only save the BHS money (paper, ink, postage), but will also contribute to the preservation of our environment, as the electronic newsletter uses a lot less resources. If you can, please change to the electronic newsletter by sending us a notification of your e-mail address to info@bahamashistoricalsociety.com. Thank you.

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