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Tallahassee Historical Society Minutes January 9, 2014
The meeting was called to order by Claude Kenneson at 7:00 p.m. He introduced himself and welcomed everyone present. The Treasurer's Report was sent to Claude via voicemail by Ernie Sanders, who could not be present. This report was not received in time for the meeting, but is as follows:
Balance as of our last meeting: $4232.15
New Balance: $4332.15
A motion to adopt the minutes from the December meeting sent to the membership by e-mail was made by David Lang and seconded by Bob Davis. No comments or additions were sent in and none were made, so the minutes were adopted.
There were two inquiries and two invitations.
Suzanne Elliott asked for information on Calvin Phillips, a local architect who came here to Tallahassee around 1907, died in 1919 and was buried in Oakland Cemetery. He was somewhat eccentric. He designed his own mausoleum, built his own casket and placed it right alongside his "resting cot" in the mausoleum, where he often took naps. He bought some lots off of Gaines Street about a block and a half from the railroad station and built his own house with an attached high brick clock tower. Unfortunately, it was taken down by persons unknown at night. Deborah Desilets offered to give Claude a link to additional information on Mr. Phillips. Matt Lutz, Director of Records for the City of Tallahassee, sought a copy of the 1840 Articles of Incorporation for the City. He was given a link online at the University of Florida Digital Collections, where he could locate it.
We were invited by the Panhandle Archaeological Society at Tallahassee to attend a lecture by Dr. Adam King on Tuesday, January 7 at the Governor Martin House. His focus was on the connection between the Lake Jackson Mounds and those in the Etowah River Valley in northwestern Georgia.
Terri Messler invited us to hear author Dale Cox speak about his book "Milly Francis; the Life and Times of the Creek Pocahontas" at San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park Museum. This was scheduled for Sunday, January 12 from 2:30 to 3:30.
Our guest speaker Pete Cowdrey was introduced. His presentation of "The Maritime World of Juan Ponce de Leon" was well received.
Next month's meeting will take place on February 13. In commemoration of Black History Month, our presenter will be Jarvis Rosier instead of Althemese Barnes, who had been asked to speak.
The meeting was adjourned and all were invited to refreshments.
Submitted by Laura Jernigan, Secretary
The meeting was called to order by our President-elect, David Lang, Jr. at 11:44 a.m. Eighteen members were present. The Treasurer's report was given by Ernie Sanders -
Balance 11/14/13 $4200.85
Expenditures 68.70 Christmas luncheon
Income 100.00 New members
Balance 12/12/13 $4232.70
Minutes from the previous meeting were sent to members by e-mail; one correction was made. Frank Watson was changed to Francis Watson. There were no more corrections or additions, a motion to accept the minutes was made by Romas Sparkis, seconded by Ernie Sanders. The minutes were accepted.
There was no old business.
Rabbi Garfein announced that the latest copy of Biblical Archaeology Review has an article on a finding in Israel that may be the foundation of King David's palace.
Suzanne Elliott from Tallahassee requested information on Calvin C.Phillips, who lived here in the early 1900s and died in 1919. He was an architect who designed his own mausoleum in Oakland Cemetery as well as the famous Clock House on Macomb Street which was unfortunately torn down years ago. Information available was provided to her.
C. Newborne, a student at Chiles High School, requested information on the Battle of Natural Bridge. He was referred to Mark Rominger for information.
Steve Starke from Tallahassee requested information on investor and philanthropist E.C. Allen. A building at First Baptist Church is named in his honor. Information provided.
A list of upcoming events at the Museum of Florida History beginning November 14, 2013 to February 23, 2014 was sent to the membership.
The concert schedule for the Holiday Music Series by different Leon County Schools given at the Historic Capitol beginning on December 4 through December 13 was also sent to the membership.
On December 7 the Community Pig Out was held at the DeSoto Winter Encampment Site from 10:30 am until 3 pm. Romas Sparkis attended and gave the membership a rundown of the days' events.
We were invited to the Carrabelle Boat Parade of Lights at 7 pm on December 14th.
Pete Cowdrey will be our speaker next month on January 9, 2014. His topic will be The Maritime World of Ponce de Leon.
There being no further business, our meeting was adjourned.
Rabbi Garfein gave the blessing and our Christmas luncheon was enjoyed by all.
Submitted by Laura Jernigan, Secretary
11/14/13 Tallahassee Historical Society Meeting Minutes
The meeting was called to order at 7 pm. In attendance were John H. Davis, Robert S. Davis, Claude Kenneson, Ernie Sanders, Kristen Bell, Hunter Moore, Michael Hutson, Sue Cowger, Francis & Jane Watson, Dave Lang, Juanita Whiddon, Stanley Garfein and Laura Jernigan.
Ernie Sanders gave the Treasurer’s report. The balance as of 10/10/13 was $4150.85. Expenditures were $100.00 to Mission San Luis (reserve the room for May 2014). Income from members $120 10/10/13 and $30.00 10/21/13, totaling $150.00. The balance as of 11/14/13 is $4200.85.
Minutes from the previous meeting were distributed by e-mail. Two corrections were made, the first by Marti Pytel correcting the venue for her talk to the Florida Historic Capitol Museum rather than the Museum of Florida History. Romas Sparkis sent a correction regarding Johnathan Grandage’s name. All changes were made prior to the minutes being distributed. A motion to adopt the minutes was made by Robert Davis and seconded by Jane Watson. The minutes were adopted.
REQUESTS AND INQUIRIES
1) Mary Alice Linzy was contacted by a FAMU student researching black owners in Leon County from the late 1800’s – 1900’s, particularly Epraim Chaires and Ralph Gooden. No information was available on these two but some was on the Gardners, the Rollins and others.
2) Lisa Mills wondered where the THS housed its historic documents and photographs. She was told that the Minutes of the Society are kept at the State of Florida Archives and our early publications at the State Library of Florida, but that we do not have a repository for documents and photos. She was directed to the Florida Photographic Collection for historic photos.
3) Sandra Wallace also was interested in purchasing historic photos and was basically given the same answer as above.
4) Annie Draper is part of a committee that will be painting a mural of significant art events, persons or images from throughout our history. She was directed to search for paintings, sculpture, and art of Tallahassee and Clairbel Jett on the Florida Memory site. She was told to look at the lithographs of early Tallahassee in the book “Vues et Souvenirs de l’Amerique du Nord”, 1842 by Francis de Castelnau. She was also reminded of the buildings still standing that date to early Tallahassee including Bellevue, The Columns, Union Bank, Goodwood, Knott House, the Grove, etc. Finally, for historic persons she was told to look at the book “Red, White and Blueblood in Frontier Florida” by Malcolm B. Johnson.
5) Fenton Avant wanted permission to link to our website from the Anna Jackson 224 United Daughters of the Confederacy site. Our webmaster Romas Sparkis added it to our Phone Numbers of Interest.
6) Melanie Brock, on behalf of her son who is working on a school project about the Battle of Natural Bridge, asked for information on the battle. She was told to go to the State Library and look at the two notebooks of references Claude Kenneson compiled on the subject. Mr. Kenneson met them at the Library.
1) A slideshow event featuring Tallahassee Democrat unpublished images of the local scene from the mid 1950s to the mid 1960s was presented by the Dept of State’s Division of Library and Information Services in the R.A. Gray Building on October 11. The following day a Free Scan Day of original Florida related family photos was held. These will possibly be installed in the Florida Photographic Collection.
2) A program entitled “Explorers Day at the Historic Capitol” was held at the Florida Historic Capitol Museum on October 12.
3) Tamara B. Allen invited us to Carrabelle for the Lantern Fest at Crooked River Lighthouse on October 26.
4) Terri Messler, Park Service Specialist, invited us to the International Archaeology Day at San Marcos de Apalache Historic Park on October 26.
5) The Florida Historic Capitol Museum invited us to the Participate Program Series featuring former Congressman Lou Frey, Jr., on October 29.
6) The November list of events taking place at Mission San Luis was sent out by e-mail.
7) The Panhandle Archaeological Society of Tallahassee hosted Dan Seinfeld on November 5; his lecture was entitled “New Investigations into the Letchworth Mounds Archaeological Site”.
8) Peggy Higgins and Dr. Jay Walton spoke at the Knott House on November 7. His lecture was entitled “Duck Hunting During the Great Depression”.
9) On November 13 the Museum of Florida History opened its new exhibit “Imagining La Florida: Ponce de Leon and the Quest for the Fountain of Youth”; presentation by Florida historian Dr. J. Michael Francis.
Our guest speaker, Dr. Robert S. Davis, discussed his book “Out of Savannah”, based on the life of his great-great-grandfather John Walter Davis. Dr. Davis was a very entertaining speaker and read portions of his book aloud. Following his presentation the meeting was adjourned and all attendees enjoyed refreshments.
Submitted by Laura Jernigan, Secretary
Tallahassee Historical Society October 10, 2013
The meeting was called to order by Claude Kenneson at 7 p.m. He welcomed all attendees and introduced himself, then Ernie Sanders as Treasurer and Laura Jernigan as Secretary. Our Vice President was not in attendance. Mr. Sanders gave the Treasurer’s Report – the Historical Society has a current balance of $4150.85 and yearly dues are due now.
1) Fred Gaske from Tallahassee sought information on a marker which had been found in the underbrush at Goodwood and which was restored and re-erected on site. This was one of six markers paid for and erected by the City of Tallahassee at the request of the Tallahassee Historical Society in 1939. The THS 1939 minutes, kept at the Florida Archives, contained items pertaining to the markers.
2) Bill Anthony, a professor at FSU, asked the THS to recommend a book on Leon County history from 1800 to 1860. “Ante-bellum Tallahassee” by Bertram H. Groene, plus some notebooks compiled by Claude and publications of the THS were all suggested.
3) Mary May, in correspondence with Gerald Ensley, sought information on the Robert E. Lee monument, which was originally located just north of Bradfordville and is now about a mile from the Georgia border. This was provided.
4) Kelly Crocker had two inquiries. One pertained to contacting the Sexton or the Cemetery Board of St. John’s Episcopal Church Cemetery. A couple of phone numbers proved satisfactory. Next, he was looking for the burial location of Miles Nash, Tallahassee’s first postmaster. He wants to place a marker for him at Old City Cemetery. He was referred to the Tallahassee (Fla) Dept of Public Works Cemetery Records 1836-1989 on microfilm at the Archives and will be able to document his findings to present to the Cemetery Supervisor.
5) Both Jane Gardner and Michael Spellman from St. John’s Episcopal Church contacted Claude for recommendations on speakers for five upcoming sessions dealing with the parallel histories of Tallahassee and the Church. A list of possible speakers was provided.
6) Judy Gross, who writes an online blog, was looking for information on the role of the Irish in this area or in the Panhandle. This was given to her.
7) Linda Basford, whose parents celebrated their honeymoon in Cottage 21A at Lake Ella in the 1940s, wants to visit there in the near future and wanted a contact person to get the precise location. Chandler Corporation, who owns the property, stated that the cottage now houses Mickey’s Lakeside Café. Phone numbers were provided.
8) Kristen Bell of the Leon County Supervisor of Elections office is looking for pictures or portraits of S.D. Hightower (served 1897-1902), Samuel P. Chaires (served 1903-1912), Flavius C. Coles (served 1912-1927) and H.H. Isler (served 1927-1929). Florida Memory, plus numerous other sources, did not turn up any pictures. However, some biographical information on the subjects was found and provided.
1) On June 25 the Museum of Florida History presented a lecture by Barbara Hines for the monthly History at High Noon program, entitled “Archaeology of the Seminole People”.
2) On July 23 for History at High Noon Johnathan Grandage spoke on “Seminole Culture Across Three Centuries”.
3) On August 10 the Museum of Florida History continued its focus on the Seminoles, featuring Museum Program Representative Ana Perez at the Second Saturday program.
4) On August 15 the Museum of Florida History presented Tallahassee Democrat columnist Mark Hinson at the Third Thursday program. He told humorous summer vacation stories from his childhood.
5) On August 24 the Carrabelle Historical Museum invited us to a Lower Muskogee Creek Tribe History Seminar.
6) Also on August 24 we were invited to the 13th Annual FAMU Grape Harvest Festival.
7) On August 27 the Museum of Florida History invited us to the History at High Noon lecture entitled “Conserving Your Stuff”. That same evening The Old Capitol Museum opened a new exhibit “Choosing to Participate: The Power of Civic Engagement”. The program was entitled “Engaged, Not Enraged: Civility, Politics and Civic Engagement”. Presenters included Nate Garvis, author of “Naked Civics”, and Michael Allen, a professor at Stetson University.
8) On September 3 the Panhandle Archaeological Society of Tallahassee hosted a potluck supper and celebration to open its season of programs.
9) On September 5 at the Governor Martin House the Tallahassee Trust for Historic Preservation presented speaker Eduardo Robles, who lectured on “Plus Ultra: Spanish Architecture in Florida”.
10) On September 10 the Wakulla County Historical Society featured author Dale Cox, who released his new book on Milly Francis. Also on September 10 the Museum of Florida History opened the 32nd Annual Capital City Quilt Show.
11) In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month the Museum of Florida History had as speaker on September 19 Dr. Diantha Steinhelper, an FSU art history professor. She lectured on “Casting the Colonial Body: Race and Lineage in Spanish America”.
12) From September 24-28 the John G. Riley Visitors Center held a Grand Opening Celebration Week.
13) On September 26 past THS president Marti Pytel spoke about her book “Baker’s Haulover” at the Florida Historic Capitol Museum.
14) Beatrice Cotellis from the Knott House Museum sent a list of upcoming Knott House events through December.
15) On September 28 the Museum of Florida History held a Volunteer Training Session for the Florida Historic Capitol Museum.
16) September 29 Steve Kahn of the Jewish Genealogical Society spoke at Temple Israel on “Jewish Main Street Tallahassee”.
17) September 30 in the City Commission Chambers at Tallahassee City Hall the Civil Rights Commemorative Sidewalk Dedication Ceremony was held. Honored were the 58 men and women who played a part in Tallahassee’s 1956 bus boycott and the lunch counter sit-in in the 1960’s. Afterwards we walked over to the corner of Monroe and East Jefferson streets to view the Heritage Trail. Those unable to attend will definitely want to go down there sometime and take a look at it. Very well done.
The speaker for the evening was Johnathan Grandage, historian from the State Archives. He has taught at both Tallahassee Community College and Florida State University. The talk was titled “Tallahassee and 1513” and focused on the Native American populations of Florida, mostly northern Florida. To aid the lecture several maps were displayed on power-point. A question and answer session followed the talk.
1) On October 11-12 the State Library and Archives will hold events commemorating American Archives. On the 11th from 6-8 a slideshow of photographs taken by Tallahassee Democrat photographers in the 1950’s and 1960’s will be shown and free food and drink will be available. On the 12th the Archives will offer scanning services for old photos brought in by the public for use on the Florida Memory website.
2) Also on October 12 the Museum of Florida History will sponsor programs for their Explorers Day at the Historic Capitol. Member Pete Cowdrey will be participating. He is scheduled to speak to the THS in January.
3) Beth LaCivita has invited THS members to the Ghost Walking Tour in downtown Tallahassee on October 17-20. Members are offered a discount on tickets for the tour, $12 instead of $15.
4) Our speaker November 14 will be Dr. Robert S. Davis, who will tell us about his book “Out of Savannah”. There is a West Florida connection to the story.
The meeting was adjourned and refreshments and fellowship followed.
Respectfully submitted by Laura Jernigan, Secretary.
Claude Kenneson a winner [Tallahassee Democrat, OCT 24, 2013]
He feeds poor, studies history
By Steve Starke
Special to the Chronicle
Good News Outreach is pleased to announce that our very own Claude J. Kenneson has been recognized as a runner up for the coveted Glenn J. Winuk Humanitarian Award. Claude was presented his award by former Florida Governor Bob Martinez at the Florida State University College of Law Rotunda on Sept. 11 . Claude’s nomination for this award read as follows: Claude Kenneson is a 69-year-old “gentle” man who has dedicated his life to serving the homeless and poor in our community. Since 1989, he has prepared daily meals for an average of 170 homeless and hungry persons in our community.
Claude coordinates the efforts of 31 community churches and civic groups as well as over 200 volunteers to assist in the enormous task of addressing hunger in our community. His day starts at 5:30 in the morning by making preparations for the noon meals. Claude begins heating the food at his home, then loads the supplies in his well-used vehicle, arriving at the The Shelter kitchen by 9:30 to greet his volunteers. Salads are prepared, bread cut, and large food pans are placed in the warmers. Tables are set and water is poured to begin serving the hungry in our community by 11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday.
After meals are served, Claude meticulously cleans up the kitchen and loads his pots and pans back into his vehicle by 1 p.m. in order to volunteer his afternoons researching Tallahassee history at the State Library. Claude wades through old microfilms, journals, and documents to gather references and facts for continued research, and has compiled 41 notebooks of references. Claude is currently serving his third consecutive term as president of the Tallahassee Historical Society.
He has been a fulltime volunteer for the last 24 years serving the homeless and contributing to the preservation of Tallahassee history. Claude is well known for his sacrifice of personal time in serving the community’s poor and utilizing his talent in preserving Tallahassee history, and is known by many as “Mr. Soup Kitchen” and “Mr. Tallahassee History.”
The Annual picnic was held at Mission San Luis. Setup began at 11 a.m. The meeting was called to order at 11:35 a.m. Welcoming remarks by President Claude Kenneson. A moment of silence was observed in memory of one of our members, Betty Pichard Barnett. Her memorial service was held at St. Peter’s Anglican Church on Monday, May 6th, at 2p.m. The program for the service was passed around to view for those who were unable to attend.
There was no financial report given because Ernie Sanders, our Treasurer, suffered a stroke and is being treated as an outpatient.
A draft of the April 18th meeting was sent to all members by e-mail. Claude Kenneson called for a motion to adopt the minutes as sent. Wade Birch made a motion to adopt the minutes as sent, and it was seconded by Laura Jernigan. There being no additions or corrections, the minutes were adopted.
Inquiries and Requests:
Peter Mullen sought Claude’s email address. This was provided.
Heather Burch from the Sunrise Rotary Club was looking for a speaker on Tallahassee history. Claude contacted Mary May, who in turn, contacted Heather. Mary will address the Club on Tuesday, August 13th at 7:30 p.m.
Michael Rodrigues, representing the All Saints District Community Association, Inc asked for information on that area. This was supplied.
Frances Taber, one of our newest members, sent a link to an article in the Democrat, entitled “U.S. Navy sword returned to owner’s daughter 70 years after his death”. Since it was her dad’s sword, she felt that fellow historians would find the article of interest.
Kila Pyle asked for the name of Tallahassee’s hospitals in 1944. She was informed that there was only one-Johnston’s Sanitarium, which was built in 1924. She was instructed to go to the Florida Photographic Collection for photos of it.
The Carrabelle 2013 Riverfront Festival was held on Friday, April 26th, in the afternoon and evening and all day Saturday, April 27th. There were demonstrations, music, food and visits to museums.
The Museum of Florida History, in the R. A. Gray Building, closed its exhibit “Reflections: Paintings of Florida 1865-1965” on May 6th.
The Panhandle Archaeological Society at Tallahassee invited us to attend a lecture on the Munree Cemetery by Barbara Hines on May 7th, at 7 p.m., at the Governor Martin House. Part of the program included the presence of a cadaver dog which was used in the project to help locate burial locations.
The Museum of Florida History invited us to the opening of the Seminole Exhibit on May 16th, from 5 to 8 p.m. Seminole historian Willie Johns spoke on “Seminoles Past and Present”.
The Emancipation Day celebration was held on Monday, May 20th, beginning with the decoration of Union graves at Old City Cemetery at 10:45 a.m. and a dramatic reading of the Emancipation Proclamation at the Knott House at 11:45 a.m.
Five items need to be discussed:
1. Most organizations have two people to sign checks. Claude consulted with our treasurer, Ernie Sanders, and he alone is authorized to sign checks. It was decided that Wade Birch will also be authorized to sign checks. Wade and Ernie, will go the bank as soon as they can to put Wade on the account. Also, Wade will talk with Ernie to find out what the treasurer does in case an emergency arises. Claude called for a motion to be made to add Wade Birch to our bank account with authority to write checks. A motion was made by Michael Linzy to accept and was seconded by Laura Jernigan. The motion was adopted by a show of hands.
2. Elections were held for officers for the upcoming THS season. Claude agreed to be President, with the understanding that a replacement be in place to take over next year. Laura Jernigan offered to take over the Secretary position, replacing Michael Linzy. Dave Lang will remain our Vice President. The members, by consensus, also voted David president-elect for next term. Ernie Sanders will be our Treasurer. A show of hands to approve these actions was called for and all passed unanimously.
3. Gene Jones, author of a Civil War novel, “Suwannee Divide”, based in Florida, was asked by Claude if he would speak to the THS. He agreed to speak in April of 2014, but asked if the Society could help with gas money to travel from Sarasota to Tallahassee round trip, plus a motel and a couple of meals. The members at our last meeting did not like the idea of using funds for this purpose, and this proposal was tabled for another time. After the last meeting, someone mentioned to Claude that she is in a musical group and that she sometimes takes in other performers into her home. Claude decided that since he has an extra room, he would ask Gene to stay with him, and Claude will cover Gene’s breakfast. On the night of his presentation the members agreed to a pot luck meal. Also, it was agreed by members to begin taking up donations during our THS meetings to cover gas money for Gene. Claude has asked Gene if this meets his approval, and it does.
4. Gene also e-mailed Claude about a possible fundraiser, with him and a friend, Bill Schustik, the American Troubadour. Bill is a professional performer and has appeared at the White House for three different Presidents. Gene and Bill have done joint presentations at different Florida Historical Societies. Gene speaks and Bill sings Civil War songs and tells stories. The way it works is that Bill is paid one half of his fee at the door and the historical society hosting the event will sell food, drinks and other goods to raise money for the rest. Our members decided not to participate in this offer.
5. The topic of changing our meeting night to the second Thursday evening was brought up. Some people would like to attend lectures sponsored by the Museum of Florida History or the Old Capitol Museum, which also fall on the 3rd Thursday evening of every month, but they cannot do so now. There may also be people from those other 2 groups who might wish to come to ours. A poll was taken and everyone present favored the change. No further action was taken. The final decision will depend on several factors: (1) making sure that the Gov. Martin House will be availabe to us on the second Thursday evening; (2) checking with all the scheduled speakers to see if they can change from the 3rd Thursday evening to the 2nd Thursday; (3) giving all those who were not in attendance at the picnic an opportunity to also voice their approval or disapproval.
The business part of the meeting was adjourned and we enjoyed fried chicken and many delicious dishes that were brought by our members.
These minutes were sent to the members by e-mail. Laura Jernigan made a motion to adopt the minutes as sent. Michael Linzy seconded it. No corrections were made. One addition -- Claude Kenneson had also sent an e-mail pertaining to changing our meeting night from the third Thursday of each month to the second Thursday. All responses received by the July 10th deadline were in favor of the change. Our first meeting after the summer break, therefore, will be October 10th, 2013. Mark your calendars now.
This season's minutes, notes and correspondence will be turned in to the State Archives.
Respectfully submitted, Michael Linzy, Treasurer
The meeting was called to order by Claude Kenneson at 7 pm, with welcoming remarks and
introductions. The financial report was
given by Ernie Sanders. Our current balance is $4,188.85. The minutes were sent
ahead of time, and a motion was made by Bob Davis to adopt as sent. The minutes
were adopted, as there were no additions or corrections called for.
New Business- Inquiries and requests. Dr.
William Lees, Executive Director of the Florida Public Archaeology Network, who
spoke on Natural Bridge and the Civil War at the March 5th PAST meeting, requested from Claude, any information he has as to whether Civil War
veterans buried in Old City Cemetery
died from wounds incurred at Natural Bridge. It has been determined that
only one named Union soldier who died in a hospital might possibly be at Old
City Cemetery. The others are believed to have been buried on site at Natural
Bridge or their bodies were thrown in the St. Marks river or sinkholes. The
majority of Union soldiers buried in Old City Cemetery died at hospitals here
from wounds received at Olustee. Others died here of disease during
Reconstruction, after the war. Only three Confederate soldiers died from wounds
received at Natural Bridge. Captain Henry Simmons is buried in Episcopal
Cemetery. John Grubbs and Eli Triplett
are probably buried in unmarked graves in the Confederate section of Old City
Cemetery. Other Confederate soldiers
buried here were from other engagements who died in hospitals here or lived
here after the war and died later. This information was sent to Dr. Lee.
Invitations – On March 1st, we were invited to attend at the Knott
house, an outdoor film entitled "Dumbo: How a Flying Elephant Saved Disney”,
which was followed by a discussion. Although it was cold, some of our members
were in attendance.
On March 10th, we were invited to the Jewish Food and Cultural Festival
held at Temple Israel. There were thousands in attendance, including some of
On March 12th, we were invited by the Florida Historic Capitol
Museum to the opening reception for their new exhibit “Anne Mergen: Florida
Cartoons, Trace the Power of the Editorial Cartoon.” If you have not seen this yet, it will be
there until July 21, 2013. There was also a gallery talk on the topic given by
Dr. Paul S. George, Professor of History at Miami Dade College.
We were recently asked by KC Smith, Florida History Fair Coordinator, at
the Florida History Fair, to serve as judges to be held at TCC on May 6th.
Our speaker for this evening, Mark Rominger, was introduced. The title
of his lecture was “The Florida Militia During the Spanish American War”. A question and answer period followed.
Announcements: Our speaker for next month’s meeting on April 18th
will be past president Marti Pytel. Her talk will be entitled “Baker’s
Haulover: A Maritime Treasure of History and Pioneers”. The meeting was adjourned followed by
Historical Society Minutes
The meeting was called to order by Claude
Kenneson at 7 pm with welcoming remarks and introductions. No financial report
was given due to our treasurer not being able to attend our meeting. The
minutes from our January 17th meeting were read. A motion was made
by Mona Lisa Abbot to adopt the minutes as read and was seconded by Dr. Robert
Davis. The minutes were adopted, as no
additions or corrections were called for. Mona Lisa Abbot suggested that it
would be beneficial if our members had a chance to read the minutes from the
last meeting before the next meeting. It was agreed that this would be
beneficial to our members and this will be done.
Inquiries and requests
Marguerite Santini from Good Shepherd Catholic Church sought a speaker
for a women’s group on the first Tuesday in March. She had heard about Scott
Edward’s talk to us in November entitled “A History of the Catholic Church in
the Capital City” and wanted to know if we could put her in touch with him.
This was done.
Rachel Chesteen from Cherry Laurel Retirement home was looking for
someone to speak to the residents there on February 16th on a topic
centering on Tallahassee history. She was put in touch with Mary May, who
gladly complied. Her topic was on the saga of the Old Capitol.
Dan Weinfield, writing a book on the African American journalist, T.
Thomas Fortune, to be published by the University of Alabama, is looking for
photos of African Americans and Florida politicians, particularly in the
1870’s. He was provided a list from the Florida Photographic Collection to
compare with his own list. He also asked if we could confirm the existence of
Otis saloon in Tallahassee during the 1870’s. Found in the “Southern Business
Guide, 1879-80” was the name of E.L. Otis, Wines and Liquors. Presumably, that
is the same person.
We were invited on February 5th to hear Claire Tindal speak
to the Panhandle Archaeological Society at Tallahassee (PAST) on “So you’ve
excavated your first object….” She is the Bureau of Archaeological Research
Historic Conservator. Included in her talk was the conservation of the eagle on
the Natural Bridge Monument and the chandelier in this room of the Governor
Martin House. Several of our members were present.
The Florida Historic Capitol Museum opened up a new exhibit entitled
“Navigating New Worlds: Identity, Perception and Politics in Florida” on
January 17th. There are about 30 early maps and prints of Florida,
containing some of the most rare and historically important pieces of the
Fisher collection. A number of our
members were present. If you have not yet seen the exhibit, be sure to go
sometime. It will be there until December 31st of this year.
On Friday, February 22nd, from 11 am until noon, we were
invited to a special event at the Old Capitol, the Curator’s Tour with exhibit
specialist Pete Cowdrey, discussing and highlighting 500 years of African
American history in Florida, beginning in 1513 with the black sailors, soldiers
and explorers who arrived on our shores with Ponce de Leon.
We were invited to attend the Primitive
Arts Festival at Ochlockonee River State Park on February 23rd and 24th.
We were invited to the annual Reenactment
of the Battle of Natural Bridge which was held on March 2nd and 3rd.
On March 5th in this room, PAST featured Dr. William Lees,
Executive Director of the Florida Public Archaeology Network, who gave a
presentation on Florida during the Civil War.
The John G. Riley Museum opened on February 9th a new
exhibit,: “Artistic Resistance”, featuring the paintings of the Florida
Highwaymen. These were “self-trained African American painters who sold
original paintings out of the trunks of their cars, often for as little as
fifty dollars. Today, they are considered masterpieces". If you have not
been there yet, be sure and go by.
Our speaker that night was Althemese Barnes. The title of her talk was
“Time Travel Through Black History in Tallahassee”. This was followed by a
question and answer session. The meeting was adjourned followed by
Our speaker for our March 21st meeting will be Mark
Rominger. His talk will be “The Florida Militia During the Spanish American
The meeting was called to order by Claude
Kenneson at 7 pm. He introduced himself and welcomed
everyone. Ernie Sanders gave our Treasurers report. Michael Linzy read the minutes from
December's meeting. Claude asked for a
motion to adopt the minutes. So moved by Ernie Sanders and was seconded by Susie Lamb. Corrections
and additions were called for. There being none, the minutes were adopted as
Old Business- Several members
were in attendance at two events recently held at Mission San Luis. One was on Friday,
January 4th, at 7 pm when a lecture was given by Dr. J. Michael Francis on
Hernando De Soto. The second was on Saturday, January
5th, from 10 am until 4 pm. In observation of the first Christmas in La Florida. Both Romas and Gabrielle
participated in the procession. Gabrielle was involved in the making of the costumes.
About 400 attended the Mass celebrated by Bishop
Gregory Parkes in the church. A total of some 1,300 came through the mission that day. On January 8th
at 7 pm at the Governor Martin house, Julie Byrd
discussed Florida prehistoric and historic dugout canoes, which was well attended by members.
Saturday, January 12th, the Museum of Florida History hosted a web cast of a live courtroom drama about the landing
site of Juan Ponce de Leon. There was a moderated Q and
A after the webcast . Dr. James Cusick, one of two authors of The Voyages
of Ponce de Leon: Scholarly Perspectives, was there to sign copies of the
Debi Mauray, from
Palm Beach County has two stereo cards depicting the Magnolia Band and
their cottage. She thought it might be from Magnolia, which originally was
in Leon County and later in Wakulla County. She was informed that our
Magnolia was already a ghost town by 1850, so her cards are more likely, instead,
to be from Magnolia Springs (which is on the St. Johns river, near Green Cove Springs), in Clay County. She
was also told to check online the Florida Photographic Collection.
Stacy Hardenburg, GRI, Realtor assistant
to Virginia Glass Coldwell Banker Hartung and Noblin,
contacted us on the history of Los Robles and the park, who developed the land,
etc? They have several properties for sale there and want to have a write up in
the newspaper about the area. She was told come down to the State Library to
conduct a search on numerous articles from the Tallahassee Democrat. She was
given titles of articles, dates, names of the writers and sometimes page
numbers. All she has to do is look it up and make copies, should she choose.
Sam Rossman, a reporter from the
Tallahassee Democrat, is seeking information on a
story he is doing on Spanish moss, its history, etc. Since this is Gabrielle's hobby,
she will be in contact with him. The speaker for the
night was Diane Whitney, with a lecture entitled "In Search of Francis
Eppes". Her passion is finding links between Music and History. Afterwards, there was
a question and answer period. The meeting was adjourned, followed
by refreshments. Tonight, our speaker is Althemese Barnes from the John
G. Riley house.