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Approved Minutes for November 12, 2015 THS Meeting

posted Feb 2, 2016, 3:36 PM by Romas S

The Tallahassee Historical Society’s Second Thursday Monthly Meeting on November 12, 2015 drew a large crowd that exceeded 80 attendees. President Dave Lang started the meeting a little bit before 7 pm by asking any members of the Chaires family to stand up, and about 6 stood up, to the applause of the attendees. At 7:00, Treasurer Alva Stone gave the Treasurer’s report: starting with $4,549.55 on 10/8/15, income of $190 (from member dues) and expenses of $267.70 (for rental fees and refreshments) left a balance of $4,471.85. Secretary Romas Sparkis quickly read the minutes from the October meeting, and one of the attendees provided the missing last name for Diane Swegman from Indiana, who was new at our October meeting. Vice President Diane Whitney announced that she attended Archaeology Day at San Marcos de Apalachee Historic State Park on October 24th with Claude Kenneson and Alva Stone.

Dave mentioned that we are trying to get a museum. Mary May gave an update regarding the Old Waterworks Restoration and how the KCCI, the City, the County and COCA are looking for ways to convert the Waterworks to accommodate a variety of cultural groups while being self-sustaining. No one organization would be responsible for the site. At a COCA meeting on Monday, November 9th, there were several groups saying they could make use of that space right now. Mary suggested that they leave room for the Tallahassee Historical Society to provide some exhibits,  and COCA seemed receptive to that idea.

These are some of the points covered:
The City (Community Redevelopment Agency--CRA) has $5 million available to use to restore the waterworks building; COCA will be working with KCCI, which has selected a team to "re-imagine" a use for the building.
City, CRA, COCA & KCCI hope to turn it into a hub for a variety of cultural activities that will attract locals & tourists, and will be self-sustaining & produce revenues over the long run. So far, most of the talk has centered around developing it as an arts center. 
The CRA must sell the three properties south of Gaines St--old jail, two Bloxham Annex buildings--in order to (direct quote here:) "balance the funds of its two redevelopment areas"....proceeds of the sale "must be returned to the Frenchtown/Southside" development projects. COCA officials mentioned that whoever buys those parcels MAY build according to their wishes, which could mean multiple-housing and/or a restaurant.

Mary continued that all who spoke referred to what they have available. Lemoyne Art Museum, Civil Rights displays, FSU, etc. THS needs to develop a portrayal of our history. Are any attendees interested in brainstorming to research and create a display? Many of you have the talents. Mary has her own personal curiosity to present and educate. Let Mary know if you’re interested. Five raised their hands, so Mary circulated paper to collect names and contact info. The brainstormers can be non-members too. It should be fun and productive.

Dave says, wherever you go, talk it up and ask others to do so. He recently spoke with KCCI and THPS. THS has recently started to go out to community centers to talk about history in their areas. Let us know if you want a talk. New business? The City has put out a call for Waterworks occupants, and some are museums, but another restaurant we don't need. At the end of this meeting, please help put chairs away.

Bob Holladay introduced Sharyn Heiland Shields at 7:14, speaking from her upcoming book about 'The Lost Legacy of Benjamin Chaires', which will be published soon. As part of her anthropology research, she got access to Verdura Plantation, owned by the St Joe Company. Bob distributed a signup sheet for the 400 printings of this book. Sharon started her presentation at 7:17 and asked if there were any questions at 8:29. Bob asked if anyone has seen the photo of Sarah Chaires among the Verdura columns recently. The photo was moved from a display in 1975, but nobody seems to know where. The Videotaping was done by 8:41. After the meeting, Claude circulated a sign-up sheet for help cleaning up the cemetery again this winter. Questions ended by 8:46, when refreshment consumption resumed.

Notes taken by Romas Sparkis,
THS Secretary

Approved Minutes for October 8, 2015 THS Meeting

posted Feb 2, 2016, 3:21 PM by Romas S   [ updated Feb 2, 2016, 3:32 PM ]

The Tallahassee Historical Society’s Second Thursday Monthly Meeting on October 8, 2015 started at 7:03 pm. President Dave Lang asked: do we have any new members? Diana Swegman, from Decatur, Indiana was involved in their Historic Society before returning to Florida. Doug Smith is a 7th generation Floridian, descended from the Hales who arrived in 1828 and Saxons who came in 1833. Curtis Castner moved here in 1986 during High School. Bud Spence's dad had the oldest ferry in Perry. Mike and Amy Hudson came from the genealogical society, where they met Alva, who then gave the Treasurer’s Report.

We ended on May 17th with $4833.75. After receiving $40 for dues, less approximately $170 for the picnic and about $130 for the video camera, that leaves $4549.55 on October 8th. Romas stated that May’s meeting minutes had been approved by email, and delivered by Claude to the Florida Archives during the summer. Dave said the Steering Committee for a Leon County history museum will meet Thursday, 10/15, with 6 attendees: Jay Revell from the Tallahassee Downtown Improvement Authority (TDIA), Althemese Barnes of the Riley Museum, Katie McCormick of Strozier Library, Roger Crawford of Springtime Tallahassee, Dave and Mary Alma Lang. Alice will join at a later meeting. We will collect relics from attics before they are tossed. State Archives have lots of relics, but no room to display them.

Alva reported on plans for the 10/24 Archaeology Day at St Marks. Claude made announcements of upcoming events: on 10/14 Dave Lang will speak at 11:00 am at Wildwood Presbyterian Church on How Bradfordville Began (primarily with plantations). The State Archives will hold 10/13 workshops on preserving photos, and researching African American ancestors at 7 pm. Both are free.

Dave sent thanks to Johnathan Grandage for our tours of the Grove. We need 4 more folks to sign up for refreshments for before and after one meeting. Maurice will bring November fireballs. We also need help storing chairs after each meeting.

Sean McGlynn told us of an historic marker being dedicated to his grandfather Ernst Dohnanyi on 10/23, when the Hungarian Secretary of State will be coming to Dohnanyi’s former residence on Franklin St at Beverly Ct. Professor Dohnanyi had been conductor of the Hungarian State Orchestra. Tallahassee gave him Refuge from the Soviet regime and he finished composing much of his music here. Bela Bartok was one of his students; a museum exhibit in Hungary has him next to Franz Liszt. Visit 568 Beverly Ct to learn more by reading the historical marker. 

Maurice then began capturing Bob Holladay’s presentation on digital video, entitled The Gentle Madness of Book Collecting.

Notes taken by Romas Sparkis,

THS Secretary

Approved Minutes for May 16, 2015 THS Meeting

posted Jul 13, 2015, 9:02 PM by Romas S   [ updated Jul 13, 2015, 9:03 PM ]

May 16, 2015 Annual Picnic and Election Meeting of the Tallahassee Historical Society

This year’s picnic was held on a day of good weather, in the yard of President Dave Lang, on his and Mary Alma’s 1829 farm northeast of Tallahassee. Rabbi Stanley Garfein led a prayer before we started eating. After much tasty food was consumed and many histories exchanged, Dave called the business part of the meeting to order. Dave thanked the Board for all their work this past year. He mentioned that we had several good programs this year, including Vice President Diane Whitney‘s performance at Knott House, Bill Leseman’s lesson on the history of Tallahassee’s WaterWorks, Mary May’s presentation on a lesser-known history of African Americans in Tallahassee; somebody added that Dave did a good presentation on the Leon County Courthouse as well. David reminded us of the record turnout for the Sims murders program (which overflowed the City Council Chambers), and he looks forward to more programs like that in coming years.

The minutes of the April meeting were approved. The treasurer’s report mentioned that after the previous balance of $4,174.16, $160 in dues was deposited, minus $30.41 for buying checks, leaving a balance of $4,303.75.

We heard about progress on getting the WaterWorks building for The Museum of Tallahassee History from Mary May and Dave Lang. They met with the City’s Community Redevelopment Agency’s Executive Director Roxanne Manning. Mary was directed to go see other Departments all over the City. The City has plans, but nobody has moved in yet. They advise that we think small for now, using one of several small buildings available near Cascades on Gaines. Plan budgets on a small scale. Dave is more optimistic. COCA had their eye on the building after we announced our interest in December. Dave thinks that COCA now wants the old Coca Cola plant on S Monroe instead. Alva asked if a committee will start a plan? Dave asked Jay Revell of Downtown Tallahassee, and Roger Crawford of Springtime Tallahassee, and asked that we all come up with more suggestions for folks to sit on a community committee. We need an archivist and architect and grant writer. We also need clout. And we can work over the summer even though our membership won't meet until October. First we answer: will we have a history museum? If so, then where? For Tallahassee’s 2024 bicentennial, we want to be there and near Cascades.

New business: Claude Kenneson read the candidates from the nominating committee. Dave Lang for President again, Diane Whitney for Vice-president again, Romas Sparkis for new Secretary and Alva Stone for Treasurer again. Claude will be Past-President again (or President for Life, as suggested by Dave) Lynn McLarty is a new candidate for At-Large Board Member as is Maurice Majszak. Rabbi Stanley Garfein moved we elect the slate and Mary Alma Lang seconded. The officers were elected by acclamation.

Alva announced she has forms for new members, and will take cash or checks for annual dues. Guests who were brought included Tish with Craig Willis. Wade Birch introduced ‘another bride named Rita’, who accompanied him. Dr Will Guzmán said he teaches and brought his bride. Shirley brought her groom. Mary May thanked Dave's bride for their hospitality and wonderful picnic. There being no further business, dessert ensued.

Minutes drafted by Romas Sparkis,
THS Secretary

Approved Minutes for April 9, 2015 THS Meeting

posted Jun 2, 2015, 10:25 PM by Romas S   [ updated Jun 2, 2015, 10:32 PM ]

Tallahassee Historical Society Minutes for April 9, 2015

President Dave Lang called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. New members of the THS were asked to stand and introduce themselves and two did. Dave announced that we had six new members total from our March meeting and 132 e-mails received about it. We had five guests.

Betty Green from the Wakulla County Historical Society spoke briefly of their restoration efforts and invited all present to a fundraiser scheduled for April 25, 2015 at Wakulla High School. Their next meeting is April 14 in the library south of Crawfordville.

Alva gave the Treasurer’s Report: beginning balance was $4768.95, ending balance $4704.16.

The February and March minutes were voted on and accepted.


Mary May reminded us all that today is the 150th anniversary of the surrender of General Lee to General Grant at Appomattox Courthouse and the 73rd anniversary of the fall of Bataan to the Japanese army.

She then told us that we have the tentative support of some city officials for our planned Museum of Tallahassee History, and have been presented with other options for the site if the Waterworks building is not available. Board members will hear a presentation from Dave & Mary this month on the issue. Members are urged to show commitment to the project – Dave has a meeting scheduled with the Springtime Tallahassee organization. The Tallahassee Garden Club and Kiwanis were recommended as possible partners.

Minutes Submitted by Laura Jernigan,

THS Secretary

Approved Minutes for March 12, 2015 THS Meeting

posted May 16, 2015, 10:56 AM by Romas S   [ updated May 16, 2015, 11:32 AM ]

Tallahassee Historical Society

Meeting Minutes

March 12, 2015

The monthly meeting of the Tallahassee Historical Society was called to order at 7:04 pm on March 12 in the chambers of the Tallahassee City Commission by President Dave Lang. Due to the special occasion and many guests, the business part of the meeting was not held.

The Commission Chambers were full.  Dave encouraged all in attendance to join the THS and gave a run-down of our plans for the Museum of Tallahassee History. Dave then introduced our guest speaker Henry Cabbage, author of the book “Tales of Historic Tallahassee”. Mr. Cabbage gave a lecture on the murder of the Sims family of Tallahassee and showed some taped footage of a possible suspect in the case. Afterwards he answered questions from the audience and friends of the Sims family.

Present in addition to Society members were representatives from the Wakulla County Historical Society, former Leon County Sheriff Eddie Boone and law enforcement personnel including a former investigator and prosecutor, and Rocky Bevis.

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, April 9 at 7:00 pm at the Governor Martin House. The Wakulla County Clerk of Court is the scheduled speaker.


Kelly Crocker was referred to the state Library Special Collections or the Archives Genealogy Section for a transcription of Parochial Records of St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Lynn McLarty, doing research on Pilgrim Congregational Church, which was located where the Civic Center is now, was provided information from the Tallahassee Daily Democrat.

Diane Whitney asked for Democrat material documenting Liberty War Bonds sold in Tallahassee in 1917, during World War 1. The Bonds had a connection to Luella Knott who recited a couple of poems at a Liberty Bonds drive at Florida State College for Women that year. Diane was going to address the Caroline Brevard Chapter of the DAR and recite one of the poems. She wanted to learn as much as she could about the poem for the presentation.

Beth LaCivita sought information on Gramling’s, which was about to celebrate its Centennial. She also was interested in Tallahassee city markets. Supplied.

Barbara Cotton, retired FAMU dean, is putting together a history of Bethel AME Church for a celebration of their 150th anniversary. Mary May put her in touch with Claude, who found some of the material she will need.


The Latter Day Saints held a Family Discovery Day on March 7 at their church on Stadium Drive.

On March 7th and 8th, a reenactment of the Battle of Natural Bridge was held at the 1865 battle site near Woodville to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the battle.

Gramling, Inc. held its Centennial celebration on March 14. Included was a historical walking tour of downtown Tallahassee conducted by Beth LaCivita.

Minutes submitted by: Laura Jernigan, THS Secretary

Approved Minutes for February 12, 2015 THS Meeting

posted May 16, 2015, 9:58 AM by Romas S   [ updated May 16, 2015, 10:53 AM ]

Minutes of the February 12, 2015 Tallahassee Historical Society meeting. 

The meeting was called to order by President Dave Lang at 7:00. Three new members were introduced: Lonnie Mann, Abby Klein and Matt Lutz. Ten visitors were recognized and invited to join the THS. 

Gerald Ensley of the Tallahassee Democrat was in attendance and the Governor Martin House lobby was full.

Alva Stone gave the Treasurer’s Report. Our closing balance was $4759.00.

Minutes of the January meeting had been provided to all members via e-mail. They were voted on and accepted. 

Claude Kenneson announced some upcoming events including:

  February 13-22 replicas of Christopher Columbus’ ships the Nina and Pinta will be docked at St. Marks and open to the public for tours from 9 am to 6 pm daily.

  March 1 at 2:00 pm a presentation of “Tales of Old Port Leon” will be given at the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge Education Building.

  March 7-8 will mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Natural Bridge in Woodville. Details of the reenactment and other activities are available on the website.

  February 21st at 1:00pm a dugout canoe made by FSU anthropology students will be launched at Maclay Gardens. Admission to the Gardens is free to those attending the launching.

  February 28th is the second annual Woodville Founders Festival. Details are available on the website.

Mary May announced a program on the Civil Rights movement to be held February 16th, 11:30 am at the downtown library. It will be sponsored by the Democratic Club of North Florida.

Laura Jernigan gave an update on Museum of Florida History events:

  February 13 at 5:30 pm a panel entitled “Paving the Way – Civil Rights Pioneers” 

  February 24 at noon a talk entitled “The African Diaspora in Florida”

  February 27th at 5:30 pm “Women in the Civil Rights Movement”

The Florida History Fair will be held on May 4th and the Museum welcomes anyone who wishes to judge or volunteer at the event. Please contact Trampas Alderman at 850-245-6400 to participate.

Dave Lang gave an update on the Museum of Tallahassee History project. The Waterworks building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Barbara Psimas proposed THS sell Christmas cards with drawing of historic Tallahassee locations as a fund-raiser.

Inquiries and Information Requests

Kelly Crocker of the Sons of Confederate Veterans sought the Civil War letters of Captain Rabun Scarborough who raised a unit in Gadsden County in 1861. He had checked area library catalogs but was unable to find it. He was told to come to the state library which does have a copy in the Florida Special Collection.

Knowing that the SCV puts up headstones for vets with no marker, Claude Kenneson informed him of an obituary for a Civil War soldier buried in Tallahassee’s Old City Cemetery, that of Sgt. Bull. Crocker believes he stands a good chance of qualifying for one. Also, a newspaper article mentioned the passing of another Confederate veteran L.P. Wilson in1922. Although his grave is located in Oakland Cemetery, nothing indicates he was a veteran. Crocker did some research but was unable to find documentation, because Wilson did not file for a pension in Florida. 

Beth LaCivita is doing research to coincide with the celebration of the 100 year anniversary of Gramling’s store (this  year). She also wanted information about the farmers’ markets in Tallahassee. Supplied. 

Authors in the THS were invited to participate in the World of South Music and Literary Festival to be held April 11 & 12, 2015 at Cascades Park. 

THS members were invited to a Cemetery Resource Protection Training workshop on January 29, 2015.

THS member Mary May gave the evenings’ interesting and informative presentation “The Forgotten Civil Rights Movement 1865-1890”.

Our next meeting will be held March 12 at 7:00. Henry Cabbage will speak on the 1966 murder of the Sims family of Tallahassee. Our meeting venue is TBD. {City Council Chambers}  

The meeting was adjourned.

Minutes provided by Laura Jernigan, THS Secretary

Approved Minutes from January 8, 2015 THS Meeting

posted Feb 25, 2015, 8:30 PM by Romas S   [ updated Feb 25, 2015, 8:41 PM ]

Minutes of Tallahassee Historical Society January 8, 2015 

The meeting was called to order by President Dave Lang at 7:00 p.m. Thirty-four people were in 

attendance, fourteen of them visitors including city Commissioner Nancy Miller and her husband. 

Alva Stone gave the Treasurer’s report – the Society’s balance as of January 7th is $4582.00.

Minutes from the December meeting were voted on and accepted by the membership.

Museum of Tallahassee History prospects and plans were discussed briefly.

Our speaker was William G. Leseman, former head of the Tallahassee Water Department. He spoke to us 

about the change from individuals obtaining water for personal use to water provision as a service 

offered by the City of Tallahassee.

Refreshments were enjoyed by all following the meeting. 


Gerald Ensley, writing an article on Beard Street for the Tallahassee Democrat sought information on 

Letitia Beard, for whom the street was named. Supplied.

Mike Herrin, horticulturalist at Goodwood, asked for information on William Hodges, former owner of 

Goodwood. Information supplied. 

James Rudd needed the death record or obituary of Overton  Dodd, who died on November 3, 1918. 

This was found in the Tallahassee Daily Democrat of November 4, 1918.

Shemele Jordon and her cousin Floyd from North Carolina spoke with Claude in April 2013. They are 

doing research on ancestors who were slaves of Noah L. Thompson. They want to return April of 2015. 

They were referred to the Black Archives Research Center at FAMU and the Black Archives in Miami.

We were invited to several events October 25. First was the memorial service and re-internment of CSA 

Pvt. Allen Scott in Rhodes Cemetery, Woodville, Fla. Another was the Lantern Festival celebrating the 

119th birthday of the Crooked River Lighthouse in Carrabelle Beach. Finally, International Archaeology 

Day was celebrated at San Marcos de Apalachee State Park.

PAST invited us to a presentation by Elizabeth A. Horvath with Archaeological Consultants, Inc. and 

James Dunbar, Consultant, entitled “Maps, Notes, LIDAR, Dip Vats and Old Indian Fields: Predictive 

Modeling in Southwest Florida” held on November 4th at the Martin House. 

On November 7th the Museum of Florida History opened the new exhibit “Civil Rights in the Sunshine 

State”. It will be on display through April 5th. A reception and featured talk by Dr. Robert Hayling was 

held on November 6th. Dr. Hayling was a leader of the civil rights movement in St. Augustine and worked 

with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

All newsletters and programs from the Panhandle Archaeological Society of Tallahassee (PAST), the 

Historic Capital Museum, the Riley House Museum, the Museum of Florida History, the Carrabelle 

Museum and the Knott House Museum will continue to be forwarded to THS members. All these 

newsletters will be included in the 2014-2015 Minutes and Correspondence which will be housed in the 

Archives at the end of the THS season. The only groups which henceforth will be highlighted will be ones 

that we have never heard from before and those which feature significant events.

Approved Minutes from December 22, 2014 THS Meeting

posted Feb 25, 2015, 8:22 PM by Romas S   [ updated Feb 25, 2015, 8:24 PM ]



Our December meeting/holiday party was held the evening of the 15th at the lovely home of  President Dave Lang and his wife, Mary Alma. There were 22 in attendance.

The meeting was called to order at 7:15 by President Lang. The Minutes of the November meeting were voted on and accepted.

Treasurer Alva Stone gave her report. She negotiated with our bank and had the $10.00 monthly service charge waived! The current balance in our account is $4, 422.53.

President Lang announced a tour planned for the following day of the old Tallahassee waterworks site by Cascades Park. Tallahassee Historical Society board members will look at the sites’ suitability for the planned Museum of Tallahassee History.

Our January program, to be held on the 8th, will be presented by Bill Leseman. He will discuss the history of Tallahassee water sources.

The meeting was adjourned and all present were treated to a wonderful potluck dinner and a photo display of the evening courtesy of Mona Lisa Abbott.





Laura Jernigan, Secretary

Approved Minutes from November 13, 2014 THS Meeting

posted Jan 1, 2015, 6:27 PM by Romas S   [ updated Jan 1, 2015, 6:46 PM ]

Tallahassee Historical Society

      Minutes of November 13, 2014 Meeting

The meeting was called to order at a few minutes past 7:00 by T.H.S. President David Lang. We met at the historic Knott House on Park Avenue in downtown Tallahassee. One guest was present, Diane Whitney’s sister Donna.

Mary Alma Lang graciously invited all members to a Christmas party on Wednesday,  December  10 at 6:30. Invitations to the membership will be sent by U.S. Mail.

Treasurer Alva Stone was absent so Past President Claude Kenneson delivered the Treasurer’s Report. Our balance as of 11/9/14 is $4,372.53.

The minutes of the October 14, 2014 meeting were voted on and accepted.

A quorum was present and the new by-laws distributed by e-mail and at the October meeting were accepted by unanimous vote of the membership.

Secretary Laura Jernigan announced the Museum of Florida History’s current exhibit “Civil Rights in the Sunshine State” and encouraged all to see it. Also, a retirement party is being held in honor of Claude Kenneson on November 22 from 6-8 p.m. at the St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 2198 N. Meridian Road. It will be potluck, please bring a covered dish to share.

Dave spoke about a possible site for the proposed Tallahassee History Museum, the old Waterworks building next to Cascades Park. A meeting is scheduled next Wednesday with Dee Crumpler and other City of Tallahassee officials to discuss the proposal. Dave, Claude Kenneson and Mary May will be representing the T.H.S. at the meeting.

Miss Sarah Shaw of the Knott House gave a brief history of the building and introduced our Vice President Diane Whitney, who gave a delightful and informative program in character as Luella Knott.

Following  the presentation refreshments were served.

The Tallahassee Historical Society thanks the Knott House personnel for hosting us.

Respectfully submitted by Laura Jernigan, Secretary

Approved Minutes from THS October 9, 2014 Meeting

posted Dec 3, 2014, 8:30 PM by Romas S



The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. Welcoming remarks were made by Dave Lang and the following guests were recognized: Greg Walker, Emily Whalen and Maurice Majak (Tallahassee Fire Department Historian). In addition to the President, members of the new board of Directors, Vice President Diane Whitney and Treasurer Alva Stone were introduced and recognized. It was announced that our Secretary, Laura Jernigan, was recovering from a recent surgery and was necessarily absent. It was also announced that Past President Claude Kenneson was absent due to the sudden death of his sister at her home near Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A sympathy card was circulated to be mailed to Claude from the Society members present.

Treasurer Alva Stone gave the Treasurer’s Report and submitted that the Society’s bank balance was $4,282.58. Alva was also commended for making new name tags for the membership.

President Dave Lang stated that the Board of Directors believes two programs need to be addressed in an effort to preserve Tallahassee’s history: a Tallahassee Museum and a collection of Oral Histories. These items were tabled for future discussion and possible implementation.

President Lang announced that the Board had met on September 18th to discuss, revise and amend the present by-laws for presentation to the membership. The current by-laws have not been changed since 1933. Copies of the proposed new by-laws as submitted by the Board have been sent to the membership by e-mail and additional copies were on hand for those who did not receive them. The changes are scheduled for a vote at our next regular meeting on November 13th.  Also discussed was the possible addition of three members to the current board as specified by the 1933 by-laws.  The Board agreed that this provision of the by-laws should be brought before the membership for implementation. The floor was opened for nominations to fill the three positions. Following nominations, seconds and discussion on each position Claude Kenneson, Mary May and Romas Sparkis were duly elected to the Board.

A summary of summer events was given:

Julie Bettinger is interested in resources dealing with the Capital City Bank. She has been commissioned to write a book for their 125th anniversary, coming up in six years. She wishes to check with Claude and his notebooks.

Trish Mann sought a genealogy written by one of her ancestors, Byron Sharman. A search in the Florida Library and Archives turned up nothing.

Susie Lamb e-mailed Claude on behalf of her grandson who was looking for information on Henry Weld Fuller, an attorney originally from Maine who practiced briefly in Florida. An advertisement found in the Tallahassee Floridian and Advocate dated December 4, 1830, confirmed his presence at Magnolia, Florida. Magnolia then existed in Leon County but all that remains of it now is a cemetery  in Wakulla County.

Rebecca Dela Rosa requested to join the THS Google group. It was suggested that she first attend our October meeting and join the THS before she joins the Google group.

Myra Kinnie, who is writing a book dealing with the riot in Ocoee Florida in 1920 was referred to Claude for information that might be located at the state library. She was given a list of several news articles on the topic found in the state library’s files.

The Panhandle Archeological Society of Tallahassee invited us to hear Curtis Brown and Joe Davis of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission speak on June 3. Curtis Brown profiled Operation Timucuas – a two year undercover operation focused on a large scale illegal collection and sales of artifacts extracted from and causing damage to archaeological sites.  Joe Davis spoke about identifying and protecting the sites within the Aucilla Wildlife Management areas’ 50,471 acres.

Kelly Crocker, commander of Finley’s Brigade Camp 1614, Sons of Confederate Veterans, invited us on June 14 to the installation of a memorial marker for Civil War veteran John L. Farrior, buried in Tallahassee’s Oakland Cemetery.

The Museum of Florida History, Historic Capitol Museum, Knott House Museum, Riley House Museum and Carrabelle Museum all kept us abreast of their activities during the summer with newsletters. These were forwarded to members via e-mail.

Sara McFerrin invited us to her book signing of “Raney Days, the David G. Raney Family and their Antebellum Home” on August 2 at the Raney House in Apalachicola.

The Sierra Big Bend Group invited us on September 11 to hear writer, photographer and naturalist Doug Alderson speak on his Wild Florida Adventures.

Vice President Diane Whitney introduced the speaker for the evening, President Dave Lang. The topic of his presentation was “Strange Facts and Funny Stories About Your Courthouse – And The People Therein”. His interesting and informative presentation was enjoyed by all.

Following the program it was announced that the next meeting would be held at the Knott House on Park Avenue. The date is November 13th and our Vice-President Diane Whitney will present a musical program entitled “Luella Knott: Her Life Through Music”. Members were encouraged to bring friends to this musical performance.

The meeting was adjourned and refreshments were served to all in attendance.

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