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Saturday, February 3
GSMC February Meeting  (Meeting)
1:00 pm
Monroe County Community College, Administration Building -Rooms 173 A & B
 "William Bolles' Harbor and the Pleasant Bay" by Lynn W. Reaume
Situated on LaPlaisance Creek and Bay, Bolles Harbor grew out of William Bolles' vision for a lakeside development like the ones he saw in Florida. But before him others had seen a vision of a bustling business harbor and site for shipping on the Great Lakes. This program includes early history of the French claims and Bay, the steps leading up to development, the community association, several early and distinctive buildings, and the Monroe Boat Club.
 
Lynn Reaume specializes in Catholic records research and French-Canadian families, local history, and worked in the Monroe County Museum archives, as Educational Coordinator, and is now Curator of Programs. She has worked for the museum for 21 years.
 
As always, our meetings are open to the public.
 



Saturday, March 3
March GSMC Meeting  (Meeting)
1:00 pm
Monroe County Community College, Administration Building -Rooms 173 A & B

The Monroe County Church Riot of 1920
 
On a warm Sunday evening in June, 1920, at an otherwise quiet little church in southern Monroe County, a tempest was brewing. A self-proclaimed evangelist was pitting Protestant and Catholic neighbors against one another. Before the night was over, a volley of gunfire erupted and two men died from the battle, which was to be forever known to locals as the “Church Riot.” The resulting investigation is a who’s who listing of prominent community members who were there that night and those who were later called upon to serve justice through the local court system. Monroe County resident Bonnie Berry will present her research findings that began with a simple story told by her grandmother, over 50 years ago.



Saturday, May 12
May GSMC Meeting  (Meeting)
9:30 am
Petersburg & Ida Libraries
Note the May meeting location, date and time has been changed!! 
 
We will tour the Petersburg and Ida History Collections starting with Petersburg Library.
 
Meet at 9:30am at the Summerfield-Petersburg branch (60 E. Center St., Petersburg). We will leave the library at 11:00 and make our way to the Ida Branch at 3016 Lewis Avenue, Ida. Google maps shows that it's a 7.6 mile drive, straight across Ida West Rd., and will take 11 minutes. We will arrive close to 11:30 and can stay until they close at 1:00. It is proposed that we have lunch at Carl's Hideaway.