Wakulla County Historical Society

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Archive for the month “January, 2015”

News From WCHS

<div class="source">Picasa</div><div class="image-desc">Board members pictured from left: Betty Green, Murray McLaughlin, Carolyn Harvey, Arlene Vause, Jennifer Raker, Helen Strickland, Rita Sparkman, Sandra Vidak, Cathy Frank, Cal Jamison, and Gayla Kittendorf.</div><div class="buy-pic"></div>

Board members pictured from left: Betty Green, Murray McLaughlin, Carolyn Harvey, Arlene Vause, Jennifer Raker, Helen Strickland, Rita Sparkman, Sandra Vidak, Cathy Frank, Cal Jamison, and Gayla Kittendorf. Photo by Albert Strickland Not pictured: Mark Perrin & Mary Ann Laird

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


Wakulla County Historical Society Monthly Programs

20140519-000312-192274.jpgWCHS Members and Friends,

We will have two really good programs in January.  Please come and join us for both programs.

The Wakulla Genealogy Group will hold its meeting on Thursday, January 8, 6:30 PM at the Wakulla County Public Library.  Melody Porter will talk about the Dawes Rolls and researching Native American ancestors.  Proud to be a Native American (both Cherokee and Choctaw), Melody is a voting member of the Western Cherokee Tribe in Oklahoma.  She lives in Thomasville, GA and has been doing genealogy research for more than 25 years.  Come and learn how to search for your Native American ancestors.

Our monthly WCHS program is on Tuesday, January 13, 7:00 PM at the Wakulla County Library.  The topic is Judges of Wakulla County.  J. Harold Thurmond and Judge Mike Carter will tell us about the judges that served in the 1800’s and 1900’s.  I know many of you have lots of memories about the judges that you have known.  This promises to be a very informative and interesting program.  Come and learn more about these prominent citizens of Wakulla County.

Wishing all of you happiness in 2015 and we look forward to seeing you.

Arlene Vause, Secretary
Wakulla County Historical Society

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