Georgia Day celebration to be held

by | January 31, 2013 10:11 am

   Emanuel Rangers Chapter No. 2318, United Daughters of the Confederacy, will celebrate the 280th birthday of the State of Georgia on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. in the George L. Smith Room of the Franklin Memorial Library. Special music will be presented by Connie Peebles.

   Barbara P. Fincher of Culloden will be guest speaker. She has been a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy since 1997 and is the recipient of the UDC’s first Sidney Lanier Medal for performing arts. Fincher makes her own period clothing and loves playing “dress up” to give historical programs.

   On June 9, 1732, King George II signed the charter granting General James Edward Oglethorpe and a group of trustees permission to establish a thirteenth British colony to be named in honor of the King.

   On February 12, 1733, General Oglethorpe landed the first settlers in the ship, Anne, at what was to become Georgia’s first city and later the first state capital, Savannah.

   Georgia Day is not a public holiday, but is mainly observed in schools and by some local civic groups for its historic importance to the State. It is a holiday which Georgia recognizes in honor of its colonial founding.

   The public is invited to attend this special program to celebrate Georgia’s birthday.

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