Over 100 members attended the Bulloch County Historical Society (BCHS) 48th annual meeting on Monday, June 27, 2022 at Pittman Park Church. The meal was catered by Annette McCray with A Touch of Class Catering.

Bulloch Historical
L-R: BCHS members Sylvia Harville, Sharri Edenfield Lindsay and Bill Lindsay Credit: Grice Connect

BCHS president Joe McGlamery reported on the health of the organization and recent activities over the past year. One of the most impressive long term accomplishments of the organization is erecting 27 total Historical Markers across the county.

Membership Chair Bill Waters has oversaw continued growth including:

  • 12 Honorary members
  • 57 Lifetime members
  • 81 Corporate members
  • 239 regular members
  • 389 total members

The membership elected officers which were presented by Jenny Foss, Chair of the BCHS Nominating Committee. They Include:

  • Joe McGlamery, President
  • Brent Tharp, Vice President
  • Robert Seamans, Secretary
  • Matt Hube, Treasurer
  • Bill Waters, Kelly Berry, Directors (Expiring 2023)
  • Sims Lanier, Director (Expiring 2024)
  • Rodney Harville, Frank Parker, Directors (Expiring 2025)
Virginia Ann Franklin Waters
Virginia Ann with cards of thanks presented to her by members of BCHS Credit: Grice Connect

The Wildlife About Our Cabins

Virginia Ann Franklin Waters introduced the program, “The Wildlife About Our Cabins” RJH DeLouch, John Burroughs and Georgia Birding. It was presented by Brent Tharpe and Diana Churchill.

Dr. Brent Tharpe is the Executive Director of the GS Museum.

Diana Churchill owns Wild Birds Unlimited in Savannah. She is also the author of “Birders Eye View” bird book and Savannah Morning News column.

Dr. RJH Delouch lived at 319 Savannah Avenue and had a long career retiring from GS in 1940. He was close friends with naturalist and essayist John Burroughs. This friendship is what most changed Dr. Delouch’s life. In his time, Burroughs was one of the most respected and popular American Naturalists and Essayist in the country. His work was critical to establishing the conservation movement.

Burroughs was close friends with Walt Whitman, President Theodore Roosevelt.

Delouch socialized with Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone and Thomas Edison through Burroughs.

Through his relationship with Burroughs, Dr. Delouch was a founder of the Georgia Ornithological Society and was elected president in 1939. One of his major projects was to induce the public to convert their backyards to bird sanctuaries.

He did this at his home on Savannah Avenue in Statesboro.

Birds of Summer

Diana Churchill presented the feathers “who’s who” birds of the summer we should all watch for this summer which include:

  • nesting birds
  • warblers
  • Tanagers
  • Flycatchers
  • Kites
  • Buntings
  • Grosbeaks
  • Hummingbirds & more
  • Brown Thrasher which is the State Bird of Georgia

Watch a video of the entire program below:

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DeWayne Grice

Herschel DeWayne Grice is the founder of Grice Connect an online news and information company in Statesboro, Georgia. DeWayne has been active in the media for over three decades. He brings a unique insight...