Hello and Welcome!
What a summer! I managed to avoid the worst of the heat but how nice it is to have the cooler temperatures at last, especially as it’s going to be a busy Fall at the museum! Apart from a series of wide-ranging topics lined up for our Brown Bag lunches and 3rd on 3rd evenings we have two fund-raising events.
One very special one is in honor of our much missed long-time volunteer Leah Bork.
Leah loved the museum and her mission was to raise much-needed funds to help us maintain our high standards for this community. We believe Leah would have delighted in this fund raiser we have planned in her honor called CHALLENGES and CHANGES!
So on November 3rd from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. join us in the bastions of FORT CLINCH and we promise you will have a memorable evening. After turning in your ticket you will enjoy a delicious complimentary cocktail named for Leah while munching on delicious appetizers. Listening to music and watching flamenco dancing as you nibble and quaff will put you in the mood for a fun evening. A cash bar will also be available.
By 6:30 we will be seated inside the atmospheric bastion of the Fort. After an introduction to the evening by an old school friend of Leah’s, prepare yourselves to meet 10 very colorful historic characters who influenced events on this island between 1765 and 1865. These characters will put a new twist on the history of those times: the Princess disappointed in love who flaunted the mores of her time; the Slave girl who became a wealthy freed woman; her lifelong influential partner and Surveyor-General of East Florida; the resident Witch of the town; a lively ‘Lady’ innkeeper; the Scottish aristocrat turned Privateer; the Senator-Entrepreneur and the Mayor’s Widow, his feisty critic; and the career Union Soldier and his long suffering Wife!
Our other major annual event is the Holiday Home Tour December 2nd and 3rd. Last year we had a terrific tour of beach homes. This year we are back in Downtown Fernandina again. The HHT promises to be as spectacular and successful as last year with homes (one exception) that have not been on the tour before. Particularly special is the historic Lesesne House on Centre Street, the home to one family for seven generations. Just imagine how glorious she will look with the Christmas decorations!
Finally I want to thank you, our wonderfully generous volunteers and donors who make this museum the super place it is. The Annual Giving Fund that many of you have already contributed to enables the museum to continue to offer outstanding programs and events. If you have not already contributed you may choose to become a sustaining member. I personally find that directing a monthly amount to my ‘good causes’ is a very easy and effective way of giving. But however you to choose to support the museum, whether it is with your time and/or with a donation, we are very, very, grateful.
Jennifer Harrison, Chair, Board of Trustees