Newsletter -- July/August, 2003.

The general membership meeting and annual election of officers of the Putnam County Historical Society will be held on Thursday, July 17th at 7:00 P.M. at the Bronson-Mulholland House, 100 Madison Street Palatka. Guest speaker for the evening will be Ms. Leslie Wilson, assistant manager of the St. Augustine Historical Society Research Library. Ms. Wilson's presentation will be on the history of Hastings, Florida. One of Ms. Wilson's primary functions at the research library is assisting genealogists find their roots in St. Johns County. An avid genealogist, Ms. Wilson started researching her family's history over 30 years ago at the National Archives. For ten years, she has been co-editor of The Ancient City Genealogist, quarterly publication of the St. Augustine Genealogical Society. About nine years ago, Ms. Wilson and a friend volunteered to write the Hastings Cabbage 'n Tater Festival book. She was also involved in the successful fight to save Hastings High School. Research for the annual festival books laid the groundwork for Leslie's address on the history of Hastings to the Florida Historical Society last year.

You won't want to miss this interesting and informative presentation on a community that has been as much a part of Putnam County history as that of St. Johns County. Please feel free to bring along a friend that would like to hear Ms. Wilson's presentation. Refreshments will be served in the dining room immediately following the program.

DON'T FORGET TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP

The most important part of our Society is you! We depend on each of you and your annual support to keep our organization alive and growing. If you haven't done so already, please take a few minutes to renew your membership. Also, please consider reaching out to friends and relatives, inviting them to become members. A membership makes a great birthday or special occasion gift.

JOIN US FOR A TRAIN TRIP TO WINTER PARK

Our next "field trip" will be an Amtrak ride to Winter Park on Saturday, September 13th. We will have more details about our trip in the next newsletter, but you need to make reservations early. You can purchase tickets at Great Escape Travel, 3711 Crill Avenue, Palatka; phone: 386-328-6708. You will need to tell them that we are departing Palatka on Train #91 at 9:34 A.M. and departing Winter Park on Train #92 at 4:11 P.M., arriving back in Palatka at 5:43 P.M. Rates are between $20 and $25 per person depending on discounts. We plan to dine at one of the many restaurants on Park Street and tour the Morse Museum of American Art that houses the world's most extensive collection of the works of Louis Comfort Tiffany. This will be a fun event, but don't wait too late to purchase tickets. "ALL ABOARD!"