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NEWSLETTER February 2008

Darius WilliamsHappy New Year (Belated) As this is 2008’s first newsletter, please allow me to wish you all a somewhat belated Happy New Year!

Last Meeting – At our December meeting we were very pleased to have, once again, Darius Williams of Freeport, Grand Bahama, speaking to us. His topic this time was the Rolle Family of Holmes Rock, Grand Bahama. He also brought with him his brand new book, The Rail and Locomotive History of the Bahamas, of which he signed copies afterwards (while many of us enjoyed the fingerfoods of our – now already traditional – holiday reception).

International Conference at the College of the Bahamas – COB is hosting an international conference this month, entitled “Abolition of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade: Telling the Story”. The Bahamas Historical Society is proud to co-host one of the sessions. More information about the conference can be found on COB’s website: http://www.cob.edu.bs/News/AbolitionConference/.

PANEL DISCUSSION:

"Emancipation Day and What it Means Today: The Perception and Remembrance of an Enslaved Past in the 21st-Century Bahamas."

Panellists include: Christopher Curry, Sir Arthur Foulkes, Andrea P. Major and Kareem Mortimer.

Museum of the Bahamas Historical Society
Shirley Street & Elizabeth Avenue
Friday, February 22nd, 2008 – 6:30 pm

This panel discussion, which takes the place of our monthly meeting, is part of the above mentioned conference at the College of the Bahamas. We are looking forward to bringing together academics from around the world, members of the Bahamas Historical Society and the interested public alike.

Thank You – On behalf of the entire Bahamas Historical Society, I would like to thank Lady Patricia Isaacs and Ms Clarice Granger for their many years of service co-chairing the Society’s fundraising committee, from which they have now retired.

Upcoming AGM – It’s the time of year again… April is just around the corner, and the BHS will have its Annual General Meeting. If you as members have any concerns that you wish to discuss, please let me know so I can add them to the agenda. The AGM also means that we need to elect new officers. Please consider volunteering, for the Society is only as good as its members’ contributions and participation make it. Membership renewals will also be due soon. I am going to send out the forms together with the invitation for the AGM; however, if you want to get ahead of my slow pace, you can always download the forms from our website – no need to wait for me: http://www.bahamashistoricalsociety.com/applic.pdf.

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