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NEWSLETTER May 2009

Dear Member,

The first few weeks in the life of President Jim have been quite busy.

However I am pleased to report that we have recruited three new volunteers and on seeing first-hand the splendid job the volunteers do in keeping our museum open from 10 am until 4 pm daily, we owe them a great debt of gratitude. The museum will now be open daily but closed Saturday and Sunday. We have student groups visiting on 10th and 11th June and we would welcome more.

I am also happy to report that we seem to be receiving membership renewals and the addition of new members is encouraging – BUT we still need to swell our numbers. Please make your cheques payable to the Bahamas Historical Society and mail to our PO Box.

I would remind you of our next meetings:

Thursday, May 28th, 2009 at 6:00pm - Professor Kenneth Startup (Williams Baptist College, AR): “‘This Small Act of Courtesy’: Admiral Sir George Willes Watson, Turmoil, Trials, and Trouble in Bahama Waters.”

Abstract: During the American Civil War, United States military and diplomatic officials were deeply distressed to find that many Bahamians were active, eager supporters of the Confederacy. This support for the Confederacy was of real significance; such support contributed profoundly to the Confederate war effort. Moreover, United States officials sometimes felt that Bahamian support for the secessionist South represented an almost conspiratorial alliance between Confederate leaders, prominent Bahamians, and British military and colonial officials. Within the context of such a perspective, this presentation traces the controversial actions of one British naval officer during his service in Bahamian waters during the American Civil War.

And Thursday, June 25th, 2009 at 6:00pm - Scott Sherouse, PhD: “The History of Sweeting’s Cay, Grand Bahama”

I was pleased to meet with the manager of The First Caribbean Bank, who turned out to be an ex student of mine, Byron Miller. He has kindly agreed to remove the chain between the two car parks on the nights of our meetings so that we may park in what was the old Psilinakis carpark. Entrance is by the Bank’s IN entrance – park in the old Psilinakis carpark and exit by the southern automatic gate (it raises as you approach).

I am happy to report that meteorologist Wayne Neely author of “The Major Hurricanes to affect the Bahamas” and “The 1929 Hurricane” will speak to us in our September meeting.

AND Dr. Ronald Shaklee of Youngstown State University will present “In search of San Salvador: A Cartographic Odyssey” based on the article he has submitted to the Bahamas Historical Society (to be published October 2009). He will also be our special guest at the Jubilee celebration banquet we hope to hold on the 17th October.

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