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Local Historian Discusses
Tallahassee in World War I
On November 12, 1918, north Florida resident Frank Drew wrote to his son Herbert, an officer in the American Expeditionary Force in Europe, to say, "Everything has been in a delirium of joy over here." He was referring to the fact that an armistice ending World War I had been signed the day before.
Florida historian Dr. Joe Knetsch will describe the experiences of local residents and military units in Europe and the capital city’s role in the war effort on March 9, at 7:00 p.m., at the historic Governor Martin House. His talk, "Tallahassee and Leon County in the Great War," is sponsored by the Tallahassee Historical Society and is free and open to the public.
Although Florida was still an undeveloped frontier and Tallahassee was a sleepy southern town, more than 42,000 men and women went to war. Because most of the state’s population was located in north Florida, many recruits came from the capital city and its environs.
"Sadly, Europe during World War I was a slaughterhouse for soldiers," says Knetsch. "But Tallahassee played a vital role of support by spearheading food and supply drives, and it joins other Florida communities in having stories about heroes. A colleague and I have identified more than 120 monuments statewide that recognize WWI veterans and their accomplishments."
Well known for his wide-ranging research, Knetsch has published nine books and more than 200 other publications on an array of topics dealing primarily with 19th- and 20th-century Florida history. "I developed an eclectic knowledge of state history as the Department of Environmental Protection’s expert witness relating to land treaties, surveys, ownership rights, and navigable waterways. It was only natural that I would study the historical events that often gave rise to claims and disputes."
The historic Governor Martin House, also known as the deSoto Site, is located at 1001 deSoto Park Drive. For additional information, call (850) 893–7644.
Our next meeting is scheduled for next Thursday, February 9th.
Through the graciousness of our partner, INIE and its Director, Jessica Lowe-Minor, we will be meeting at the TCC Center For Innovation, located immediately behind City Hall (In the Old Brogan Museum) on the corner of Duval and Pensacola Streets. Our speaker will be Dr. Larry Rivers, who will address us on "Women of Florida". Dr. Rivers is an accomplished historian and always in demand as a speaker. I'm sure our crowd will be quite large.
The best part of this location is that the building has been completely remodeled and the meeting room is not only spectacular, but it's on the Plaza level ! --all thanks to Jessica. This facility is destined to be a sought-after treasure by our community, and I believe we will be the first to use it. It will seat a very large crowd comfortably -- you'll love it!
We'll first meet for a reception and conversation with our speaker at 6:30 p.m. on the third floor. Everyone can enjoy themselves there and also see the Alvin Harper photographic exhibit that covers Tallahassee's "Gilded Age" (1885-191). Following this, we will then return to the Plaza conference room for our program that will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Because of the expected crowd, please feel free to bring an appetizer, etc., to supplement our usual refreshments (it would be appreciated and welcomed!). It should be an exciting and enjoyable evening for all.
See you there!
Dave Lang, President
Tallahassee Historical Society
A Happy New Year to all of you! This is just a reminder that we will hold our monthly meeting a week from Thursday, January 12th, at the Governor Martin House on Lafayette Street -- 6:30 p.m. "Meet and Greet" and 7:00 p.m. our program begins.
We have had a change in programs this month, and I believe you'll thoroughly enjoy what we have in store for you. Our speaker will be Doyle Conner, Jr., one of Florida's foremost "Cracker Historians"!
Doyle is the Curator of the Florida Agriculture Museum , a sixth generation Floridian and also the son of the late Doyle Conner, Sr.,
who served as Florida's Agriculture Commissioner for many years.
Doyle is sure to be a fascinating speaker. He has been described as "an engaging poet, singer and storyteller" ! His topic? "Florida's History on the Hoof" ! -- based on his years of study and interest in the Florida cowboy -- from Spanish times to present. You can bet we'll have a packed house. Come early!
Best historical regards,
Dave Lang, Pres.
TALLAHASSEE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
HOLIDAY DINNER & MEETING
We’re in for a holiday treat at Tallahassee’s best remembered
old dairy site! THS new members, Frank & Peper Willis, will host us at their
spectacular “Barn” locale -- much in demand for weddings and other social functions! (It’s a new 3-story structure located on the spacious and beautifully manicured grounds of the once famous Willis Dairy”).
All THS members have been or will be contacted by email or telephone about the date, time, and location of the event, and suggestions on what to bring for the covered dish meal.
Please R.S.V.P by emailing email@example.com and let us know if you are planning to attend or not.
Dear THS members:
Please join us at the Governor Martin House on November 10, 2016, at 6:30 pm for our monthly meeting. The guest speaker will be Andy Wright, who will give a presentation titled "History Uncovered: Leon County Cemeteries."
THS’s first meeting of the new season will be a
week from Thursday, October 13th, at the Governor Martin House
Lafayette Street. Refreshments and Conversation at 6:30 p.m. and our program
begins at 7:00 p.m. Our speaker will be the City of Tallahassee’s Historian and Records Manager, Matt Lutz – and who knows
what secrets of City Hall Matt will reveal?