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“U-Boats in the Bahamas and Bermuda Triangle” at next Bahamas Historical Society Talk - Apr 3, 2012 - 3:43:13 PM
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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”.

Because 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 Bahamas archipelago...
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"The Bahamas in American History" featured at next BHS talk on March 29th - Mar 26, 2012 - 6:15:56 PM

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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...
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Historical Society talk, ‘The Great Bahamas Hurricane of 1866’ - February 23rd - Feb 19, 2012 - 11:54:24 AM

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Nassau, 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 Bahamian history.

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...
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(Video) Full house for talk on Female Slaves in The Bahamas - Feb 3, 2012 - 3:15:37 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Two truly memorable events occurred at The Bahamas Historical Society last week.

The 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...
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Female Slaves in The Bahamas – a talk by Dr Jennifer Bethel - Jan 22, 2012 - 10:13:08 PM

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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.

Dr. Jennifer 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...
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Bahamas Historical Society Newsletter Christmas 2011 - Dec 22, 2011 - 6:56:12 PM

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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...
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Inspector of Bahamian lighthouses, Captain James Simpson - Nov 25, 2011 - 5:11:28 PM

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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...

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Bahamas Historical Society's Remembrance Day Tribute - Nov 11, 2011 - 4:56:41 PM

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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 ...

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The Bahamas – 150th Anniversary the Establishment of the Anglican Diocese and City of Nassau Stamp Issue - Nov 2, 2011 - 9:12:52 PM

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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...

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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

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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.

Heather Hatch 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 Sheffield (Sheffield, UK), and Maritime History from the East Carolina University ...

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(VIDEO) West Indies Calling (1944): Bahamas Role in the War - Sep 9, 2011 - 12:00:01 PM

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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 interest:

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...
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In Memory of Donald Venn Brown - Aug 17, 2011 - 10:58:14 PM

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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 your prayers.

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.
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(Photos) St. Hilda’s Anglican School and the boat builder, Elgin Forsythe - Jun 20, 2011 - 1:55:26 PM
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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.
The 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 grandmother...
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Dr. Peter Maynard to speak at next Bahamas Historical Society meeting, June 9th - Jun 8, 2011 - 1:30:51 PM
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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...
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Bahamas Historical Society holds AGM and Inaugurates Harbour Island Chapter - May 11, 2011 - 11:16:24 PM
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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.

The 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 commercial gain.

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...
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The little chapel on Club Med grounds on Paradise (Hog) Island - May 5, 2011 - 10:15:23 AM
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Mrs Karen 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...
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Halcyon Days of “The Harbour Island Story” - Apr 13, 2011 - 12:04:17 PM
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T 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...

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Land and Freedom: One Bahamas and a Tale of Two Cities, April 7th - Apr 5, 2011 - 6:22:18 AM
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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...
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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 papers: 

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...

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Bahamas Historical Society grieves the death of Claude Smith - Feb 16, 2011 - 9:51:38 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas -  Claude Elbert Merton Smith was born on August 3 , 1923 in Driggs Hill, Andro s to Albert Edgar Augustus Smith and Luc y Tempest Knowles Smith . Twel v e children we are born to the family, four of whom died as infants . The surviving children were Mildred, Gordon, Freeman , LuReno, 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 sy , which became the nucleus of the Smith Family ...


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