Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Bryan-Lang Historical Library

Camden County has created a new and improved web presence. Part of that presence is giving every department a set of pages to call their own.

The Bryan-Lang Library has a set of pages as well. The site has not gone live yet, but will within the next 2-3 weeks.

Be sure, a blog blurb will be posted to announce the "grand-opening" of the library's site.

This will be a great resource for people looking for information about and from the library.

More to come....

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Guale Rambles 2007

I've posted the first set of photos from one of our rambles this past year.
You can see them by clicking here.

These photos were taken by MJ Manning on the Cumberland Island Ramble, May 26, 2007.

We had our picnic lunch at Plum Orchard under the great, spreading oaks, with a nice view of the river.

We had a great day, and as you will notice in the photos we had a bit of excitement when the tire on our van blew out. Not went flat, but actually blew the whole side-wall out.
Most of the tour waited for the rescue trucks, and rode back to camp, while a few of us decided to start walking our way back until another vehicle could come get us.

It was a nice balmy day, and until we started walking it hadn't been too terribly hot.
We saw some wildlife in a nearly dry creek (the tide was out), and lots of fiddler crabs taking advantage of the low tide.

Hopefully, we will get another chance to do this trip again. Cumberland Island is always a great place to visit.

Friday, November 9, 2007

"The Tompkins - Holzendorf Legacy" a book...

Eloise B. Thompson and Ann H. Stoddard have written and published a new book, titled
The Tompkins - Holzendorf Legacy.

There will be a book sigining on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007 at Once Upon a Bookseller in St. Marys, from 4:00 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Support our local historians; stop by and see them, and buy a book!

The End of the Year

We had our annual banquet/business meeting last night, Nov. 08-2007. We had a great meal at Magnolia Manor in St. Marys.
Our menu was:
Spring Mix Salad
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Wild Rice
Julienne'd Carrots
Pumpkin Cheesecake (which was the best! I ate this first!)

This was a wonderful meal prepared by Chef Don.
Our guest speaker was Angie Bryant of Crooked Rivers fame who spoke about the How and Why to taking Oral Histories. She also presented her new children's book, Armadillo Odyssey, which promises to be very entertaining for 3rd to 6th graders.

We also presented our HIstorian of the Year Award which went to Rodney Sheffield.

He began his love of history toddling behind his grandfather & listening to his stories of old - and soon began collecting family photos and papers to add to the family lore.

He is the one called upon by the Kingsland Baptist Church for historical information. He is the one the City of Kingsland is relying on to supply background information as the City prepares for it's bicentennial.

He's the one whose phone rings steadily to answer historically obscure questions. He is a long time member of Guale Historical Society, serves as a board member, and was president for 3 terms.

He is a founding member and president of Camden County Land Trust, and he is among the first of the Bryan-Lang Historical Library board members. He served as a volunteer archivist in a period between professional archivists and is now chairman of the library board.

It was an honor to present the award to Mr. Sheffield.

Other notables from the meeting were the nominations and acceptance of the officers for the 2008 year:
President: Robin Cross
V. President: Eloise B. Thompson
Secretary: Ann Stacy
Treasurer: M. Walko
Corresponding Sec.: Joyce Smith

Board of Directors:
Rodney Sheffield
Charles Thompson
Bob Smith

I will be chairperson for the fundraising committee and we are still looking for someone to be chairperson for the cemetery restoration fund committee.

Anyone interested in joining the Society and/or becoming chairperson, please contact me at gualehs @ gmail.com.

We'd love to hear from you!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

New President interim

My name is MJ Manning. I'll be the president interim for Guale Historical Society until January 2008.

A lot has happened in the past year. We've had some wonderful rambles around the county, and some really great speakers at our in-house meetings at the St. Marys Public Library.

Newest on our agenda is the Colerain Marker Treaty unveiling and dedication ceremony taking place on November 1, 2007 at the marker site on Hwy. 40 at 1:00 p.m. This will be followed by a reception with refreshments at the Bryan-Lang Historical Library.

This marker has been a long and arduous process over the past two years culminating in a very beautiful marker roadside to commemorate the Treaty of Colerain.

On November 8, 2007 we will have our annual banquet/business meeting at Magnolia Manor.
A wonderful menu has been assembled for us. Our speaker at this event will be Angie Bryant of Camden County, an accomplished historian herself.

A more complete update with photos of our rambles will be forthcoming.

Have a great Holiday Season!

MJ Manning,
President Interim

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Welcome from the President!

Hello Guale members!

Let me start this off by saying how thrilled I am to have been asked to lead the Guale Historical Society of Camden County, Georgia!

My plans for the Society are simple:
  • increase interest in local history
  • increase interest in our Society
  • bring the Society into the 21st century!
Truly, one way to increase interest is by creating a substantial Internet presence. I hope to accomplish these goals (and more!) throughout the next year.

Please check back often. I will work to add welcomes from other members and add a calendar of events (both within and without Guale) as soon as possible.

Thank you for stopping by!

Tara D. Fields
President, Guale Historical Society.