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NEWSLETTER February 2011

Next Meeting: Thursday 24th February at 6pm

Darius Willams: "The Church History of St. Stephens Parish, highlighting Grand Bahama"

At the BHS Museum (corner of Shirley St and Elizabeth Avenue)

Darius D. Williams is a Grand Bahamian entrepreneur with an artistic and engineering background. He was born in Rock Sound, Eleuthera, the son of a Family Island Administrator and a Schoolteacher turned housewife. He is author of The Rail and Locomotive History of the Bahamas. He is currently working on a second book, The Heritage of Grand Bahama and its People. He can be seen on U Tube on the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas web site. He has been featured in all major local newspapers, on ZNS TV, Bahamas at Sunrise and Charles Carter’s Bahamians. He has articles published in the current editions of the Bahamas Handbook and The Bahamas Historical Society’s Journal. He has given many presentations to schools, social clubs, heritage festivals, Grand Bahamas Business Outlook and the Bahamas Historical Society. He has lectured at The College of the Bahamas Northern Campus. Mr. Williams is married and a father of two. He is a member of the Bahamas Society of Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is also a member of The Bahamas Historical Society, The Grand Bahama Heritage Foundation, and The Bahamas National Trust. Industrial and social history, visual and performing arts, sports, baking and anything technical in nature are his passions.

The Church History of St Stevens Parish, highlighting Grand Bahama

Grand Bahama has a Church History that spans over 170 years. The first 100 years of this history is dominated by two denominations, the Anglicans and The Zion Baptist Society. The slideshow presentation will highlight this rich history which brought a sense of stability to a largely neglected people. St Stephen’s Parish initially included Andros, Bimini, Berry Islands and Grand Bahama. The Baptist circuit included Abaco but not Andros. It will also briefly touch on the entry of other denominations to Grand Bahama over the last 70 years.

It is not very often we host next month’s speaker together with this month’s speaker. Chris Curry (pictured right) gave an excellent talk on the “Black Loyalists” on Thursday, 27th January. Darius Williams (left) will speak on Thursday 24th February at 6pm on the "Church History of St. Stephens Parish, highlighting Grand Bahama."

Some of the support was a little older (Sir Orville Turnquest, Jim Lawlor, Pericles Maillis)

Some of that support were young – students from College of Bahamas, history students with Dr. Tracey Thompson, Mr Stephen Aranha and almost Dr Chris Curry (he defends his PhD on 3rd March)

And we drew our largest audience to support him.

Chris brought his family Raquel and Chriselle along for support. (The family are pictured in front of the Screens of “The Picture History of the Bahamas” painted by Diana Pullinger. We are still trying to raise money to publish a souvenir booklet of these beautiful paintings.)

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Andrea Major for the pictures and to Robert Dorsett for filming the event on YOUTUBE: Here are the links for Chris Curry's presentation on “Black Loyalists” at The Bahamas Historical Society:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QG_ruJp396c
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZuLeG206FI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRCvHTDcSIM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d02R8NdFwVg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGfWnIzZkY8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSUDq6C3RbM


Call for Papers 2011 Journal of The Bahamas Historical Society

The editorial board of the Journal of The Bahamas Historical Society is sending out a call for papers for the 2011 journal. The deadline for submission of articles is June 1, 2011. Following are the requirements for papers:

The subject should be a historical topic on The Bahamas bringing to light new information or a new interpretation of topics of Bahamian interest. Short communications, book reviews, and profiles of Bahamian personalities are also welcome. The article should be formatted using Chicago style with end-notes rather than footnotes. The article should be between 10 and 15 pages, double spaced. Photographs, maps or other illustrations are welcome. Articles should be submitted by e-mail to jalawlor@coralwave.com using a standard word processing programme such as Microsoft Word. A hard copy should also be sent to Jim & Anne Lawlor, Box N-1715, Nassau, Bahamas. The Editorial Committee has the right to edit the article. The Editorial Committee has the right to reject the article.

Anne and Jim Lawlor, Editors


I received quite a few e mails concerning the recent death of Claude Smith:

"Jim, thank you very much for the tribute to Claude Smith. I knew him a little, but had no idea of the scope of his accomplishments. In addition, I always found him to be scrupulously a gentlemen in every sense of the word." Ron Lightbourn

"I too am saddened by the passing of Claude Smith. He was a senior,and Dr Esphakis too, about the same time. I was in Form 1 and particularly have a vivid collection of Claude and Andrew "putting the shot" in the Q.C. playground. They were big boys,! I read with interest his siblings, many of whom I knew. And certainly I remember Hugo and Lilla as being good athletes and very fast. It is sad that many old friends, or say aquaintances or school mates, don't come to mind often other than in an obituary. I was thinking of him very recently as I was wondereing who might be able to "bud" a sweet Orange onto my healthy but sour Tangelo. Please convey my feelings to Hugo and Lilla, and I hope they are well." Godfrey Lightbourn

"My Rotary Club was remembering the late Claude Smith today, and I was remembering too. So, do you know who else was in the QC class of 1939, and what did they do, embarking on life as the War broke out when they were 16? Hearing about Claude Smith today, made me think back a bit. I may have met Claude Smith once. He was a classmate of my father's in QC. They would have graduated about 1939. That class seemed to produce a number of productive people - Like Oris Russell, Dr. Paul Albury, (also a Rotarian) Barbara Brown, K.P. Brown ( no relation - a Brit who went to work straight from school to the nascent ZNS ) , my father, and I am sure there were others. Oris Russell also had a great knowledge I believe of agriculture / plants in the Bahamas. I was also remembering today that in their last year or two of school at QC, they were taught by Dr. A. Deans Peggs, a young teacher at that time with his doctorate in biology (?) who inspired / encouraged those who were interested in the biolgical sciences like my father. Dr. Peggs was here from 1936 to 1958 and went on to become the headmaster of The Old Government High School, and taught many who have become prominent in the Bahamian political scene. Even in his very much older years, (1990's) he could still remember so many of the students- Orville and Edith Turnquest, Janet and Henry Bostwick, Arlington Bulter, Arthur Hanna, Lyndon Pindling, Idris Read, Anita Bernard, Joan Sawyer ( they are sisters and Peggs used to call them Wilcombe 1, and Wichcombe 2) and many more. Peggs had a remarkable capacity for recall and 40 years later, could recall what each student was like in temperament and abilities. Of that QC class of 1939 - Barbara Brown and Evangeline Mosko are still with us. Anyone else?" Leandra


Kind regards,

Jim Lawlor,
President.

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