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NEWSLETTER February 2012

Dear Members and Friends,

Two truly memorable events occurred at The Bahamas Historical Society last week.

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 Bahamas

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqAO1z6QLXk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2KgsHHRK-I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLnI0kc1ctY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuxSfLckcTw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIyKdOjUDeI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EmQzpbMExk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZW_tCHmQn98
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd7plFk5mFY

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 bone.

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 islands.

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 to follow)
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:

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/12/prweb8994146.htm


We are hoping Jeff can talk to the Society in mid June

Kind regards

J Lawlor

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 Tinker

Both authors will provide books for sale and be willing to personally sign copies.

Kind regards

J Lawlor

Jim Lawlor, President

 

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