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NEWSLETTER April 2007

Spring Luncheon & Fashion Show – We are pleased to announce that this year’s spring luncheon and fashion show has been scheduled for Tuesday, April 17th, 2007, at the Nassau Yacht Club. The tickets for this event are $40, and can be obtained from the Chairperson of the Fundraising Committee, Ms Clarice Granger, cgranger@templeton.com. This fundraiser is an important event in the Bahamas Historical Society’s calendar. All members and friends of the BHS are cordially invited and encouraged to support this event.

Annual General Meeting – The Bahamas Historical Society’s AGM is scheduled for 6:00pm on Thursday, April 26th, 2007. The Society depends on the volunteer time of its members. Anyone who would like to help the Society to fulfil its mission to further the appreciation of and research in Bahamian history is asked to step forward. Please contact the Society’s president, Mr. Stephen Aranha, at info@bahamashistoricalsociety.com or by phone: (242) 324-3546.

Michael PatemanProxies – It has been brought to our attention that the Bahamas National Trust has scheduled their Annual General Meeting for the same evening that our AGM is scheduled for, which was first announced in our February newsletter of February 3rd. It is not feasible to change the date of AGM at the eleventh hour, but we are aware that many of our members are also members of the BNT. We have therefore decided to provide proxy forms for this year’s AGM to enable those of our members who choose to attend the BNT’s AGM to still participate in our AGM. If you are receiving the e-mail version, you will find the proxy as a file attachment; if you are receiving the snail mail version, you are probably holding it in your hands already.

Last Meetings – At our meeting on March 22nd, Mr Michael Pateman (pictured top right) from the Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation of the Bahamas (AMMC), attracted an interested crowd which included a number of first time guests to the Society and its museum. We would like to thank Mr Pateman for his presentation on Lucayan lifeways, which was followed by a lively questions-and-answers session.
      On March 30th, Professor Peter J. Roberts (pictured bottom right) from Georgia State University spoke on “Genetic Genealogy and the Early Results of the Bahamas DNA Project. As it turns out, the Bahamas DNA Project is looking for more Bahamians to have their DNA tested. If you have any questions about the Project or how to contact Professor Roberts, we have included a link to the Project on our website, and a DVD of his presentation is in the making.

Peter J. RobertsMay Meeting – Our May meeting is scheduled for 6:00pm on Thursday, May 24th, 2007. Mr Pericles Maillis will talk about the history of the Greek Orthodox community in the Bahamas.

Membership Renewals – It is that time of year again… Please do not forget to renew your membership in time. For your convenience, we have attached the renewal form to this newsletter. If you are receiving the e-mail version, you will find it as a file attachment; if you are receiving the snail mail version, it is probably in your hands already. If you are not a member of the Bahamas Historical Society yet, please consider joining us! The membership form is also available as a download from this website.

Parking for Meetings – As many of you have already noticed, the bank on Shirley Street whose parking lot has two entrances/exits on Elizabeth Avenue has put up barriers. Unfortunately that means that, effective immediately, members and guests of the BHS can no longer use that parking lot when they attend our meetings, because, while you will be able to get in before the meetings start, you will not be able to get out afterwards. There are however several parking lots available where you can park your car for a small amount – one on Shirley Street (left, just before East Street), and two on Elizabeth Avenue (both sides, about half way to Bay Street).

Reminder – We have received numerous “complaints” from members who don’t receive our newsletters, and in most cases, it turns out that they’ve changed addresses (postal or e-mail), and forgot to let us know. Obviously, if you are reading this, you are receiving our newsletter, but just in case you know of a member who wonders why they don’t receive it… this may just be the reason. Please, as you renew your membership, take a moment to make sure that we have the correct contact information on file. Thank you!

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