Approved Minutes from February 9, 2017 THS Meeting

by | Mar 1, 2017

Tallahassee Historical Society

Minutes of the General Meeting, February 9, 2017

President Dave Lang called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. at the Tallahassee Community College Center for Innovation in downtown Tallahassee. He welcomed the forty-five members and visitors in attendance, and invited guests to join the Society. Earlier, attendees had gathered elsewhere in the building for refreshments and a brief talk by Kathryn Palmer, a historian with the Florida Department of State. Palmer provided historical background for an exhibit of photographs by Alvin Harper, on display in the area and sponsored by the Institute for Innovation and Nonprofit Excellence.

Treasurer’s Report

Alva Stone reported that THS had a balance of $5,535.67 on January 12, 2017. In the intervening month, the Society received $410 of income and spent $50, for a net balance of $5,890.67, effective February 9, 2017.

Secretary’s Report

Having emailed January meeting minutes to members on February 2, KC Smith asked attendees for corrections or additions; with none proffered, she called for a vote. Virginia Newman moved and Doug Smith seconded a motion to accept the minutes as distributed. The vote was unanimous.

Other Business

Dave reminded guests about the forthcoming March and April meetings:

  • March 9: Dr. Joe Knetsch will discuss Tallahassee in World War I; and
  • April 13: Richard Decoteu will present “A Bomb in the Bushes,” a talk about Dale Mabry Army Airfield in Tallahassee during World War II.

Featured Speaker

Dave invited THS member Robert Holladay to introduce guest speaker Dr. Larry E. Rivers, professor of history at Valdosta State University. Well-known for his landmark book, Slavery in Florida, Rivers also served as president of Fort Valley State University and was a history professor at Florida A&M University. His lively and engaging presentation focused on little-known women of diverse backgrounds who made contributions to Florida and US society in the 19th and 20th centuries. He particularly mentioned Mary Edwards Bryan and Louise C. Fleming for their contributions to literature and medicine, respectively. During a question-and-answer session after the lecture, Rivers talked about his upbringing, the importance of support provided by his large family, his academic career, and guiding principles.


After Dave adjourned the meeting at 8:00 p.m., guests lingered to chat with Dr. Rivers and to enjoy additional refreshments.

Submitted by KC Smith