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AlaBenton Newsletter

February 8, 2017

           Regrettably, the weather forced a postponement of our January meeting, and the fact that other groups had already reserved the remaining meeting space made it impossible to reschedule. Therefore, our first meeting of 2017 was on February 4. To help us observe Black History Month, Edna Turner gave us some excellent information about The Underground Railroad which helped escaped slaves avoid slave hunters and make their way to areas where they would be safe. The "hidden in plain sight" methods they devised to leave messages and directions were clever and imaginative.

            Please bear with us as we bring our website up to date with the names of new officers, committee chairpersons and helpers for the coming year. Sometimes it takes a little time to get all these positions filled.

            Our March AlaBenton meeting will be held on Saturday, March 4, and the program will be presented by our own Library Director, Teresa Kisor, who will give us a rundown on searching in the Russell Brothers collection. For any of our members who may not yet be familiar with this collection, it is a unique collection of glass negatives representing photographs, largely of local individuals and families who sat for photographic portraits by the Russell Brothers, who were affiliated with Couch's, a well-known jewelry and gift store of long standing.

Our new officers are hard at work arranging programs, working on ongoing projects, and putting things in place to give us another successful year, just as our previous administration did.

           Don't forget--our members are our greatest asset. We thank every one of you who serves or has served AlaBenton, in either a leadership role or a support role. Please keep up the good work! We honor our ancestors by remembering them, but we can't remember them if we don't know who they are, so get busy! And speaking of assets, it's dues time, and no organization can operate without financial resources. It's only $15 per year, and it can be an individual or a family membership, so please get your dues in as soon as possible.  Many thanks!

            Keep supporting your local Society, your local library, and especially the Alabama Room!


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