Dear Members and Friends,
Two truly memorable events occurred at The Bahamas Historical Society
The first was the talk of Dr Jennifer Bethel on Female Slaves in The Bahamas,
pictured below in a wonderful photo by Ashley Taylor.
Also pictured is the new Apple Laptop purchased along
with a printer/Scanner to assist the Society to better preserve history,
communicate and keep important documents electronically. The crowd was
slightly less than the number of extras in a Cecil B de Mille epic movie
some 125 some standing and some sitting in our 70 seats!
As a result of the interest we gained eight new members,
sold sixteen Journals and gained one more Volunteer, Kendra Cooper, who
joins Vivienne Ferguson on Saturdays. We need to praise all our volunteers,
who run the museum on a daily basis.
Thanks to Robert Dorsett Here are the links to the Female Slaves in The
Robert also broadcast on livestream – we would appreciate any feedback
about its availability
The second event was the performance of the two classical guitarists Anabel
Montesinos and her husband Marco Tamayo under the auspices of the Nassau
Music Society. The music and humour were simply wonderful – the
first half was mood evoking classical pieces and the second a skilful
rendition of Beatles and modern tunes and an encore of the couple playing
Mozart on one guitar!
I felt we should record some recent history as it may get lost
The Bay Street Fire Nassau Bahamas 2nd December 2011
The blaze let the Vendue House and St Cuthberts Church bared to the charred
Photo: Jim Lawlor
St.Cuthbert's Chapel or Seamen's Mission opened on January 11 1892 in
premises loaned for the purpose on the south side of Bay Street. The Anglican
Synod reported that a very large number of sailors attended the services
and larger premises were necessary. A property consisting of a piece of
land with buildings on the north side of Bay Street was purchased in 1892
and a new Mission Chapel was completed in 1893 and opened for Divine Service
on Christmas Eve of that year. The Rev. H.W. Weigall was the priest in
charge. Five confirmations were held in the mission room within twelve
months for those persons who had missed the Bishop when he visited their
Half of the premises were fitted up as the Diocesan Bookstore which had
previously been kept at St.Mary's Rectory. The eastern portion of the
building consisted of a club room on the ground floor and chapel above.
.(research of June Maura)
The keen eye of natural historian Denis Knowles on his stroll along Bay
Street shortly after the fire marvelled at the inside of St Cuthbert’s
Church. The naturally curved mahogany hand carved window frames –
naturally curved wood from ‘the hard to find’ limbs cut to
fit the curvature of the window and to fit perfectly seamlessly at the
pointed crown. Even the beams in the Vendue House were well crafted.
Denis freely gave his advice ‘to save what can be saved before it
is too far gone if it is possible’.
Our next talk will be on Thursday 23rd February – Wayne Neeley on
the 1866 Hurricane...Books will be available for signed copies. (details
And Dr Jeff McCormack recently published a book, "Bush Medicine of
the Bahamas: A Cross-cultural Perspective from San Salvador Island, Including
Pharmacology and Oral Histories."
A recent press release can be viewed here:
We are hoping Jeff can talk to the Society in mid June
Jim Lawlor, President
Dear Members and Friends,
Thursday 23rd February at 6pm - ‘The Great Bahamas Hurricane of
1866’, Wayne Neely, one of the world’s leading authorities
on Bahamian and Caribbean hurricanes, will give us an engaging account
of this awe-inspiring meteorological event. He will reveal how this hurricane
literally devastated the entire Bahamas and actually altered the course
of Bahamian history.
Wayne Neely is a certified Bahamian Meteorologist and Forecaster working
at the Department of Meteorology in Nassau, Bahamas for the last 20 years.
Prior to working in the meteorological field, he majored in Geography
and History at the College of the Bahamas in Nassau. He then attended
the Caribbean Meteorological Institute in Barbados where he majored and
specialized in weather forecasting.
His books include: ‘The Great Bahamas Hurricane of 1929.’
‘The Major Hurricanes to Affect the Bahamas’ ‘Rediscovering
Hurricanes’ (Foreword by Herbert Saffir). ‘The Great Bahamian
Hurricanes of 1926’(Foreword by Bryan Norcross) and ‘The Great
Bahamas Hurricane of 1866.’
His sixth book on Bahamian Hurricanes called ‘The Great Bahamian
Hurricanes of 1899 and 1932’(Foreword by Professor William Gray)
will be released on June 01st of this year.
Thursday 29th March at 6pm The Bahamas in American History by Dr Keith
Both authors will provide books for sale and be willing to personally
Jim Lawlor, President