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NEWSLETTER April 2008

Call for Donations As Ms Granger and Lady Isaacs have resigned their chairmanship of the Society’s fundraising effort, we were not able to organise the traditional Spring Luncheon. The Society’s Management Committee is therefore asking for your support. If you can, please donate to the Bahamas Historical Society the money you would otherwise have spent on the luncheon tickets; we suggest the sum of $50.00 per member or supporter of the Society.

Annual General Meeting – The Society’s AGM is scheduled for Thursday, April 24th, 2008, 6:00 pm in the Museum of the Bahamas Historical Society on the corner of Shirley Street and Elizabeth Avenue. Please make every effort to attend, the Society needs the support of its members. If you would like to take a more active part in the Bahamas Historical Society’s affairs, please consider becoming an officer of the Society, especially our fundraising effort or our Management Committee can use your help!

Last Meeting – In February, the College of the Bahamas (COB) hosted an international conference commemorating the bicentennial of the abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. COB and the Bahamas Historical Society organised a panel entitled “Emancipation Day and What it Means Today: The Perception and Remembrance of an Enslaved Past in the 21st-Century Bahamas,” which drew a large crowd and filled our museum. We would like to thank our panellists, Christopher Curry (COB & University of Connecticut) and Andrea P. Major (Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation of the Bahamas) for their participation.

Research Edge – The College of the Bahamas (COB) hosts a monthly lecture series under the title Research Edge. May’s lecture is on a genealogical topic, and one of the presenters is Captain Paul C. Aranha, a Trustee of the Bahamas Historical Society. We are pleased that, after our collaborative effort during COB’s February conference on the Abolition of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, there is another opportunity to bring together the members of the Bahamas Historical Society and COB’s academic community. The lecture is scheduled for Friday, May 16th, 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm, in the Lecture Theatre of the Bahamas Tourism Training Centre on Thompson Boulevard.

Membership Renewals – Please remember to renew your membership for the membership year which runs from April 2008 to April 2009. For your convenience, the renewal forms are attached to this month’s newsletter. If you have moved over the past year, please update your address, too. Come October/November, when the annual Journals are mailed, they can only be sent to members whose fees are paid and whose correct address is on file. If you have access to e-mail but still receive this newsletter by post, please consider sharing your e-mail address with us; this helps the Society save money, and it is also beneficial to the environment.

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