The Wakulla County Historical held its 23rd annual dinner meeting on Oct. 14.
In her message, President Cathy Frank said, “We have become recognized as a resource for historic preservation and a repository for local history.”
Frank mentioned a few highlights for the year including that the Museum and Archives opened three days a week for genealogy research and where exhibits featured The Forbes Purchase, Quilt Show, Wakulla Station, and Paleontology Exhibit of Prehistoric Bones. Events included: “A Land Remembered” with Rick Smith; “Looking Back Series”- historical programs, planned by Betty Green, about our area; Maintain eight local historic cemeteries; Genealogy programs; “Save The Crackers” themed fundraisers to benefit The Heritage Village Park; The John Archie McLaughlin House moved to the Heritage Village Park; Annual Yard Sale; the first Tea Social; December Open House at the Museum; Local parades; and recipient of a $50,000 grant for ADA improvements to The Museum and Archives.
The following Historical Society members were elected to the Board of Directors: Cathy Frank, President; Betty Green, Vice-President; Murray McLaughlin, Vice-President for the Heritage Village; Arlene Vause, Secretary; Mary Ann Laird, Treasurer; Carolyn Harvey; Cal Jamison; Gayla Kittendorf; Tanya Lynn; Mark Perrin; Jennifer Raker; Rita Sparkman; Helen Strickland; and Sandra Vidak. The following were elected to be associate board members: Brent Thurmond, Clerk of Court; Lynn Thompson, Attorney at Law; Randy Lewis, AIA Architect; Richard Harden, Wakulla County Commissioner; Nancy Speigner, Centennial Bank; and Terry Gerrell, SYP Publishing.
Vice-President Betty Green introduced entertainers for the evening, Mays Leroy Gray and his wife Delores Greene. They were in costume as Elvis and Priscilla and danced to several Elvis songs. Mays Gray was the second president of WCHS.
By Sandra Vidak
Public Relations Chair