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THS 2nd Thursday Monthly Meeting, March 9, 2017

posted Mar 1, 2017, 2:45 PM by Andrew Waber

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.

THS 2nd Thursday Monthly Meeting, February 9, 2017

posted Feb 8, 2017, 8:49 AM by Andrew Waber

Dear Folks:

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!
Best regards,

Dave Lang, President
Tallahassee Historical Society

THS 2nd Thursday Monthly Meeting, January 12, 2016

posted Jan 11, 2017, 6:15 AM by Andrew Waber

Dear Folks:
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.
THS

THS Holiday Dinner & Meeting, Thursday, December 8, 2016

posted Nov 30, 2016, 11:11 AM by Andrew Waber   [ updated Dec 5, 2016, 6:23 AM ]

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 tallydml@earthlink.net and let us know if you are planning to attend or not.

THS 2nd Thursday Monthly Meeting, November 10, 2016

posted Oct 25, 2016, 11:17 AM by Andrew Waber

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 2nd Thursday Monthly Meeting, October 13, 2016

posted Oct 25, 2016, 10:51 AM by Andrew Waber

THS’s first meeting of the new season will be a week from Thursday, October 13th,  at the Governor Martin House on 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?

THS Annual Picnic and Election of Officers

posted May 11, 2016, 7:02 PM by Romas S   [ updated May 11, 2016, 7:02 PM ]

Dear THS Members:

 

We are at the close of another successful year after engaging in a number of activities. Our thanks to those who gave us great programs -- especially our THS members.  To close out 2015-16 Year, Mary Alma and I look forward to hosting you for a picnic at our farm -- as we did last year.

 

The original date was planned for Saturday, May 7th, but unavoidable conflicts arose and it’s been reset for the following week:

 

            SATURDAY, MAY 14th

                  4:00 – 7:00 P.M.

 

Your Tallahassee Historical Society will furnish fried chicken, drinks and dessert. Your contribution of a generous serving of salad or vegetables will round out a festive picnic. As a matter of business, the election of officers for 2016-17 will also be held – so we look forward to welcoming you to the farm -- and a beautiful setting for an enjoyable evening of fellowship!

 

Most sincerely,

 

Dave Lang, President

Tallahassee Historical Society

 

NOTE:  PLEASE ---RSVP to Dr. Lynn McLarty as soon as possible your regrets or acceptance atmac@nettally.com

           Also, include whether you will be bringing your spouse or date (as we need to have a head count for food and seating). Many thanks!


THS 2nd Thursday Monthly Meeting, April 14, 2016

posted May 11, 2016, 6:39 PM by Romas S   [ updated May 11, 2016, 6:49 PM ]

Dear THS Members:

 

This is a reminder that our final program of the 2015-16 year will be presented next Thursday, April 14th at the Governor Martin House at 7:00 p.m. (and don’t forget that we’ll have our usual “Social Time” and refreshments from 6:30 – 7:00 !). Our program (as you are probably aware because of the excellent publicity we have received), will be presented by our own THS member Doug Smith, entitled, “The Murder of Nicholas Ware Eppes”. Eppes, grandson of Thomas Jefferson,  was our elected School Superintendent at the time of his death. Doug has spent countless hours of research and much state-wide travel time  in preparing for this VERY interesting program. For that reason, we expect to see a large attendance.

 

Additionally, we will have a report of our Nominating Committee for next year’s officers -- and plans for our May Picnic and Meeting  will also be announced. You will also get updates on a number of items of interest! So….make plans to attend – and bring a friend!

 

Best regards,

 

Dave Lang, President

THS


THS 2nd Thursday Monthly Meeting, March 10, 2016

posted Feb 26, 2016, 3:36 PM by Tallahassee Historical Society   [ updated Feb 26, 2016, 6:00 PM ]

Tallahassee Historical Society Announcement

     On Thursday, March 10, the Tallahassee Historical Society will host Johnathan H. Grandage, who will talk about efforts by the State to restore the mansion and grounds of The Grove and to convert the property into a museum.  The Grove, located at West 1st Avenue is the ancestral home of Richard Keith Call who served two terms as Territorial Governor of Florida (1836-39 and 1841-44), and was a leading figure during early statehood.
     According to documents, by 1825 Call had built a "temporary residence" within a half mile of Tallahassee, and later replaced the cottage with a mansion, surrounded by 640 acres of land, that he called The Grove.  Call personally oversaw the design and construction of his home, an architectural gem that was completed in the early 1840s and 175 years later continues to be admired by locals and visitors.  More info is available at      http://TheGrove.Museum.com 
     Johnathan H. Grandage, the Executive Director of The Grove, previously served as the Archives Historian for the Florida Memory Project, taught history classes at FSU and TCC, and presently is a Doctoral Candidate in History at FSU.  His dissertation focuses on the enconomic and cultural changes that took place among the Seminole and Miccosukee of Florida in the 19th and 20th centuries.
     The Tallahassee Historical Society meets at the Governor Martin House at 1001 DeSoto Park Drive, off Lafayette St.  The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a "Meet and Greet" followed at 7 p.m. by the regular meeting and program.  This event is free and open to the public.

The Grove, Tallahassee, FL


THS 2nd Thursday Monthly Meeting, February 11, 2016

posted Feb 2, 2016, 3:47 PM by Romas S   [ updated Feb 3, 2016, 10:19 AM ]

THE

Tallahassee Historical Society


PRESENTS



A.B. Grunwell

and the

Freedmen’s Bureau

in

North Florida,


1866-1868




Alva T. Stone will discuss the work of Alfred B. Grunwell, the Freedmen’s Bureau agent for Jefferson County, Florida.  The lecture draws upon a personal Diary written in 1866, as well as official reports and letters submitted by Capt. Grunwell during 1867-1868.  The transition from slave labor to a labor-contract system resulted in many disputes that were handled by the Freedmen’s Bureau, which administered various other social services as well.   In his Diary, Grunwell also recorded his insights and opinions about race relations in the South immediately after the Civil War.


Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016  (“Meet and greet” at 6:30 pm; Program at 7:00 pm)


Gov. John W. Martin house

(1001 Desoto Park Drive, off of E. Lafayette St., Tallahassee, FL)


The public is welcome to attend!



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