“U-Boats in the Bahamas and Bermuda Triangle” at next Bahamas Historical Society Talk
- Apr 3, 2012 - 3:43:13 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The Bahamas Historical Society's next talk takes place on
Wednesday, 11th April at 6pm with Eric Wiberg on “
U-Boats in the Bahamas and Bermuda Triangle”.
of war time censorship it was not well known that The Bahamas was an
important theatre of war during World War 2. German and italian U-Boats
sought to destroy cargo ships carrying vital war materials, especially
oil from Texas and Venezuela, to embattled Great Britain. These ships
were easy prey as they transitted the narrow shipping lanes around the
"The Bahamas in American History" featured at next BHS talk on March 29th
- Mar 26, 2012 - 6:15:56 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The Bahamas Historical Society with have Dr. Keith Tinker, author of
"The Bahamas in American History" at their next talk on
March 29th, 2012.
The author draws on a wealth of tapped
and untapped primary sources and presents a new perspective on the
"Bahamian experience" that helped to define the self-proclaimed
American credo of "Manifest Destiny."
Keith Lamont Tinker is retired executive director of the National
Museum of the Bahamas, former adjunct professor of Caribbean history at
the College of the Bahamas, and author of Migration of Peoples from
the Caribbean to the Bahamas...
Historical Society talk, ‘The Great Bahamas Hurricane of 1866’ - February 23rd
- Feb 19, 2012 - 11:54:24 AM
Bahamas - The Bahamas Historical Society presents
‘The Great Bahamas
Hurricane of 1866’, with
Wayne Neely, one of the world’s leading
authorities on Bahamian and Caribbean hurricanes on
Thursday 23rd February at 6pm at the BHS Museum
Neely will give an engaging account of this awe-inspiring
meteorological event. He will reveal how this hurricane literally
devastated the entire Bahamas and actually altered the course of
Wayne Neely is a certified Bahamian
Meteorologist and Forecaster working at the Department of Meteorology in
Nassau, Bahamas for the last 20 years. Prior to working in the
meteorological field, he majored in Geography and History at the College
of the Bahamas in Nassau. He then attended the Caribbean...
(Video) Full house for talk on Female Slaves in The Bahamas
- Feb 3, 2012 - 3:15:37 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Two truly memorable events occurred at The Bahamas Historical Society last week.
first was the talk of Dr Jennifer Bethel on Female Slaves in The
Bahamas. The crowd was slightly less than the number of extras in a
Cecil B de Mille epic movie some 125 some standing and some sitting in
our 70 seats!
As a result of the interest we gained eight new
members, sold sixteen Journals and gained one more Volunteer, Kendra
Cooper, who joins...
Female Slaves in The Bahamas – a talk by Dr Jennifer Bethel
- Jan 22, 2012 - 10:13:08 PM
Nassau, Bahamas -
Happy New Year! As The Bahamas celebrates the golden jubilee anniversary
of women’s suffrage, The Bahamas Historical Society is proud to present
a salute to the earliest women to make waves in the social arena –
Female Slaves in The Bahamas – a talk by Dr Jennifer Bethel to be held
at the museum on
Thursday, 26th January at 6pm.
Bethel is a Graduate professor at Barry University where she lectures
educational students in Research Methodology with emphasis on research
designs and methods emphasizing their underlying assumptions and inquiry
aims. In addition, she provides consultation to schools...
Bahamas Historical Society Newsletter Christmas 2011
- Dec 22, 2011 - 6:56:12 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The Christmas spirit is upon us. The Christmas Reminiscences evening went very well last Thursday.
We received a
wonderful gift from The Lyford Cay Foundation - $10,000 grant toward the
publishing 1,000 booklets featuring the Diana Pullinger The History of
The Bahamas in pictures. We still need about $2000 more to publish...
Inspector of Bahamian lighthouses, Captain James Simpson
- Nov 25, 2011 - 5:11:28 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following is an update on recent activities of the Bahamas Historical Society.
The Society's 2011 Journal is now printed and we will be mailing them early next week to paid up members.
Christmas Reminiscences: Thursday, 1st December at 6 pm we will be celebrating Christmas with a social engagement...
Bahamas Historical Society's Remembrance Day Tribute
- Nov 11, 2011 - 4:56:41 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - On Remembrance Day it is fitting that we release the
speech and images that Jane Lloyd presented at the recent “Tribute to
the Imperial Order of Daughter's of the Empire (IODE)” at the Bahamas Historical Society.
60 Commonwealth War dead of the First and Second World Wars are
commemorated in the Nassau War Cemetery, previously known as the Royai
Air Force Cemetery. The cemetery also contains two non-World War graves,
those of Hilary St George Saunders CBE MC, the official RAF Historian
and Group Captain L W Brabizon Rees, VC, OBE, MC, AFC, both of whom died
after the end of the Second World War.
In the entrance to the Cemetery are bronze paneis forming part of the
local war memorial erected by public subscription and which bear the
names of airmen ...
The Bahamas – 150th Anniversary the Establishment of the Anglican Diocese and City of Nassau Stamp Issue
- Nov 2, 2011 - 9:12:52 PM
World Stamp News:
Christ Church Cathedral (15c stamp) is the “Mother
Church” of the Anglican/Episcopal Diocese of The Bahamas and the Turks
and Caicos Islands. The word ‘Anglican’ denotes that this church was
originally the Church of England which came to the region during the
colonial expansion and that this church is the same as the “Episcopal
Church” in the United States of America. The Turks and Caicos Islands,
though politically separate, are a part of this Diocese.
In 1670, King Charles II granted the colony (of the Bahamas) to the
Lord Proprietors of Carolina who were instructed to “build churches and
chapels in the furtherance of the Christian Religion”. The First church
building for the Parish of Christ Church...
Harbour Island and Maritime Life in the 17-19th Century Bahamas at next Bahamas Historical Society meeting, September 29th
- Sep 24, 2011 - 9:23:53 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - The Bahamas Historical Society presents a talk with Heather Hatch on the
Harbour Island and Maritime Life in the 17-19th Century on
September 29th, 2011. This will be the first talk of the new season and a topic pursued in her upcoming PhD thesis. The museum reopens that same day.
is a PhD student in the Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M University.
She acquired her BA in Anthropology at the University
of New Brunswick in her hometown Fredericton, NB, Canada, and holds MAs in European Historical
Archaeology from the University of
UK), and Maritime
History from the East Carolina University
(VIDEO) West Indies Calling (1944): Bahamas Role in the War
- Sep 9, 2011 - 12:00:01 PM
We received this extremely interesting information from Paul Aranha who wrote us as follows:
These images have been taken from the film,
West Indies Calling in the hope that
names can be put to the faces of the Bahamian volunteers. I thought the
following wartime information about World War 2 would also be of
Tribune 23rd January 1943 - The Defences of Nassau..
Tribune representative taken on a tour of the new RAF Station …At this
season of the year Nassau has long been the rendezvous for strangers
from all round the world...
In Memory of Donald Venn Brown
- Aug 17, 2011 - 10:58:14 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The
Bahamas Historical Society has lost another long-time stalwart member
Donald Venn Brown, who acted as Treasurer for many years. We are
saddened by his death and hope that you will keep Mercedes and family in
The Bahamas Historical Society has lost another
long-time stalwart member Donald Venn Brown, who acted as Treasurer for
many years. We are saddened by his death and hope that you will keep
Mercedes and family in your prayers.
(Photos) St. Hilda’s Anglican School and the boat builder, Elgin Forsythe
- Jun 20, 2011 - 1:55:26 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Andrew
McKinney brought me two wonderful photos that reveal the cultural past of The
Bahamas: Firstly Elgin Forsyth:
I first ‘met’ Elgin Forsythe, the
boat builder, commissioner and historian through the writings of my late father
in law, Paul Albury. I was very impressed by the breadth and depth of the knowledge
of both men. Another stalwart historian Paul Aranha has much more information
about his ancestral relative Elgin Forsythe.
talk by Dr Peter Maynard on 9th June enlightened the smallish but
appreciative audience about the great awakening in the early 1960s led by his
Dr. Peter Maynard to speak at next Bahamas Historical Society meeting, June 9th
- Jun 8, 2011 - 1:30:51 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The Bahamas Historical Society presents a talk with
Dr. Peter Maynard on
Thursday, 9th June at BHS Museum at 6 pm – Dr. Maynard will talk about his book and be available to sign copies (book price $30).
Great Awakening tells the life story of a great cultural icon, Meta Davis Cumberbatch. It shares her inspirations and passion for music, theatre and dance in The Bahamas.
Dr. Peter D. Maynard
is Head of Chambers of Peter D. Maynard, Counsel & Attorneys, a
highly respected firm on Bay and Deveaux Sts., Nassau, Bahamas, known
for service excellence, which deals with civil litigation and
international commercial fields, including corporate law, insolvency,
insurance, probate, investments, mutual funds, and intellectual
property. With over 27 years of experience, he is the immediate past...
Bahamas Historical Society holds AGM and Inaugurates Harbour Island Chapter
- May 11, 2011 - 11:16:24 PM
On Monday 1st May The Harbour
Island Chapter of The Bahamas Historical Society was inaugurated and the
following officers elected: Martin L Grant, Chairman, Godfrey Kelly, Secretary,
Reswell N Mather, Public Relations and Martin J Ellis, Research Officer.
main concern of the Harbour Island Chapter members was that although Harbour
Island has a rich history, being the oldest sustained settlement in the
Bahamas, historical buildings, sites and artifacts are being destroyed for
The Society's Annual General Meeting was held in Nassau on
Thursday 14th April at 6pm.
Reports were read by by the Recording Secretary, Treasurer, Editor and
President and the following officers were re-elected...
The little chapel on Club Med grounds on Paradise (Hog) Island
- May 5, 2011 - 10:15:23 AM
Cargill of Kerzner International asked if we had any information on the little
chapel on Club Med grounds on Paradise (Hog) Island. She sent the pictures
seen here to the Bahamas Historical Society.
Charles Stronach who worked on Club Med told me it was built by the
Killams of Grey Leath and that it was French. I met Mrs Clap (a former
teacher of English at Queen’s College with Roger Kelty) at the airport
and she also said that the stones came over when Huntington Hartford
built the Cloisters.
Mrs Karen Cargill of Kerzner International asked if we had any information...
Halcyon Days of “The Harbour Island Story”
- Apr 13, 2011 - 12:04:17 PM
he following is a piece of research we did for the
writing of the Harbour Island Story.
Paragraphs for Chapter 9 – Halcyon Days of “The
Harbour Island Story” by Anne and Jim Lawlor.
The most suitable soil for pineapple
cultivation is the small areas of Bahama Red Loam found in the deep pockets of
the honeycombed rocks on the leeward shoreline slopes of Eleuthera. The
hilltops surrounding Bluff have the highest percentage of the organic minerals
that give the soil its peculiar fitness for the growth of fruit. But the many
small areas of The Crosskill Hills near...
Land and Freedom: One Bahamas and a Tale of Two Cities, April 7th
- Apr 5, 2011 - 6:22:18 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - The Bahamas Historical Society will present Arthur Dion Hanna Jr.,
Director, Legal Aid Clinic Eugene
Dupuch Law School, who will speak on
"Land and Freedom: One Bahamas and a Tale of Two Cities" on April 7th at 6:00pm.
This talk explores the plural realities of African
diasporan social relations of family and land tenure and the imperative for
distributive justice as an essential for sustainable social development in the
Bahamas. Of necessity, this entails an examination of the confluence of race,
class and gender at the epicenter of Bahamian family and related patterns of
land tenure engendered by slavery and colonialism, and in the dynamic...
Call for Papers: 2011 Journal of The Bahamas Historical Society
- Feb 23, 2011 - 10:19:43 PM
Nassau, Bahamas -
The editorial board of the Journal of The Bahamas Historical
Society is sending out a call for papers for the 2011 journal. The deadline for
submission of articles is June 1, 2011.
Following are the requirements for
The subject should be a historical topic on The Bahamas bringing to
light new information or a new interpretation of topics of Bahamian interest.
Short communications, book reviews, and profiles of Bahamian
personalities are also welcome...
Bahamas Historical Society grieves the death of Claude Smith
- Feb 16, 2011 - 9:51:38 PM
Nassau, Bahamas -
Claude Elbert Merton Smith
was born on August 3
1923 in Driggs Hill, Andro
to Albert Edgar Augustus Smith and Luc
e children we are
born to the family, four of whom died as infants
The surviving children were Mildred, Gordon,
Claude, Lilla, Hugo and Eric
Claude was still young when the family
moved to Nassau
where his father Albert established his sponge business
They settled in their home on Queen's Street, now the
site of the US Embas
, which became the nucleus of the Smith Family