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BUS TRIP TO CIVIL WAR BATTLEFIELDS

Do something fun next summer!  Join CVHS's inaugural BUS TRIP to Civil War Battlefields, including Gettysburg!  What makes our trip unique?  Our own Murphy Wood will serve as expert tour guide.  Trip dates: June 20-24, 2015. Click here for information packet.

QUARTERLY PROGRAM -- SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2014 at 3 p.m. (Eastern)

CVHS PROGRAM " Fiddlers, Banjo Players and Strawbeaters: Alabama's First Pop Musicians"

Joyce Cauthen will discuss the early fiddles of Alabama, the musicians who played them and the popularity of this music in their communities. Discussions will also surround the pivotal role played by African Americans in developing the music at the roots of today’s bluegrass and country music. Cauthen will demonstrate use of the banjo, “straws” (a technique in which broom straws or knitting needles were beat on the strings as the fiddler played) and guitar in backing up the fiddle.  Read full details.

PINEWOOD CEMETERY BOOK IS HERE

The Chattahoochee Valley Historical Society announces its newest publication PINEWOOD CEMETERY, WEST POINT, GEORGIA edited by Virginia Weldon and Stephen Johnson. 271 pages including 2 pages of photos; hard cover; acid-free paper. Updated and revised from the originial 1977 edition. Names and dates of all gravestones are included, plus biographical sketches and genealogical information about most of the families. The index had been enlarged to contain the name of every person mentioned in the book. It includes a copy of the 1897 city map showing numbers of lots and original owners. Price per book is $26.00 with a 10% discount for CVHS members and libraries. Pick up your copy at the Cobb Memorial Archives located at 3419 20th Avenue, Valley, AL 36854. The book can be shipped to you for $5.00 extra per book. Cash or checks only. Make checks payable to "CVHS." Send order to Cobb Memorial Archives at 3419 20th Avenue, Valley, AL 36854.

UPDATING CEMETERY CENSUS FOR CHAMBERS COUNTY

The CVHS is working to update census of the cemeteries in Chambers County. Individual cemetery records will be posted on Find A Grave. This is an ongoing project under the direction of Don Clark.  If you have any information or questions, please contact Don Clark at editor@cvhistoricalsociety.org.

BOOK SALE!!     BOOK SALE!!!     BOOK SALE!!!     BOOK SALE!!!    BOOK SALE!!!

The CVHS has announced the following nine publications available at substantial discounts: (1) War Was the Place: A Centennial Collection of Confederate Soldier Letters, (2) Proudest Inheritance: A Bicentennial Tribute, (3) Memories of the Great Depression, (4) Chronicles of the Chattahoochee Valley, Vol 1, (5) The Battle of West Point, April 16, 1865, (6) I Must Tell: An Autobiography of Benjamin F. McPherson 1825-1909, (7) Antioch Baptist Church, Chambers County, AL -- Transcript of Original Records 1835-1912, (8) Confederate Soldiers from Chambers County, Alabama and Thereabouts and (9) Chambers County Courthouse, 1899 Historical Cornerstone Artifacts. Information and order forms for sale books.