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Selden Institute Teachers and Students circa 1906

Photo provided by the Coastal Georgia Historical Society

Celebrating Black History Month

Brunswick's Selden Park traces its history back almost 110 years as a center of education & recreation for African Americans in Glynn County. Before it was a park, it was home to a teachers’ institute that flourished at the beginning of the 20th C.

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Postcard showing entrance to St. Simons Island circa 1930

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St. Simons Island roads got an important facelift in 1927. Up to that time they were unpaved shell roads. My, how things have changed! Read more

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Sandy Colhard, Michael Torras, Pat Featherstone, Miriam Lancaster

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Learn more about fantastic community support and progress made on The Visitors Club restoration project to date. We love seeing our local businesses and organizations stepping up to preserve this charming building at the foot of the Torras Causeway. Read more

Christmas 1944 at NAS St Simons

Photo courtesy of Coastal Georgia Historical Society

As Christmas approaches, we usually think in terms of planning festivities for a small circle of our family and friends. But at Naval Air Station (NAS) St. Simons during World War II, it was a different story. Read more

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Dungeness Ruins 1960

Image courtesy of Coastal Georgia Historical Society

This year Cumberland Island National Seashore celebrates its Golden Anniversary. Over the past five decades, visitors have enjoyed the natural beauty and cultural assets of Georgia’s southernmost barrier island. A favorite area for visitors is Dungen Read more

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Postcard featuring The Deck circa 1970

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"Seafood at its Source" was the motto of The Deck Restaurant and Lounge, opened at the entrance to the Brunswick-St. Simons Causeway in 1946. Learn more about this favorite local seafood eatery. Read more

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Downtown Brunswick following the 1898 Hurricane

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In 1898, the Federal government established the first hurricane warning network, but it could not prepare Coastal Georgia residents for one of the most destructive storms of the 19th century. Read more

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St. Simons Island Lighthouse 150th Birthday Laser Projection Show

Andy Jones

View the brilliant laser light show presented by the Coastal Georgia Historical Society and Castano Group celebrating 150 years of the St. Simons Lighthouse. Thank you to our Minorcan Mullet friend Andy Jones for sharing this video. Read more

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Since September 1, 1872, the current St. Simons Lighthouse has been the steadfast beacon shining over our island home. It provides a bright welcome to those visiting the Golden Isles and it is a shining symbol of home for those of us who live here. Read more

Light keeper David O'Hagan with his children

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David O'Hagan, Sr. served as the last resident lighthouse keeper of the St. Simons Lighthouse. With the automation of the light system in 1954, a full-time keeper was no longer needed to maintain the light. Read more

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As part of our retrospective we thought you’d enjoy seeing how our island has changed over the years. This video shows comparisons of vintage and current photos of several familiar locations on SSI. Read more

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A Georgia Coast & Piedmont train at Darien, loaded with cars for the trip across the Altamaha River Delta

Postcard image courtesy of Coastal Georgia Historical Society

In summer, vacationers flock to the Golden Isles via air and interstate. While today’s travelers might think nothing of a long weekend trip to our beaches, it’s interesting to reflect on how difficult those same journeys were 100 years ago. Read more

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J.A. Jones Shipyard Orchestra

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World War II brought Christos Vrionides, an authority on Byzantine music, to the J.A. Jones Shipyard in Brunswick to form an orchestra of musicians employed in jobs at the shipyard. This "Music in Industry" government program was to boost morale Read more

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Fred Missildine and his dog

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Several alumni from the Golden Isles have achieved fame, especially in the field of sports. One remarkable Glynn Academy graduate from the 1930s is Fred Missildine. His international fame in the field of skeet and trap shooting was remarkable! Read more

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Vintage Post Card of Sea Island

Courtesy of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society

Though the cooling breezes and beaches of the Golden Isles had attracted regional visitors for decades, the building of the Atlantic Coastal Highway from Calais, Maine, to Miami, Florida, transformed local tourism. The Georgia section opened in 1927. Read more

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Old City Hall

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This month we learn more about Alfred S. Eichberg, a leading Victorian era architect that was active in Brunswick. He designed Old City Hall, among other buildings downtown. Read more

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Lt. Wm. Devoe Coney's DeHaviland-4

Coastal Georgia Historical Society

Lt. William DeVoe Coney was the first person to successfully complete a solo transcontinental flight in under 24 hours. In February 1921, Coney made the 2,070-mile flight from San Diego to today’s Jacksonville Beach in 22h 27m, breaking records! Read more

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Postcard showing monument that includes a bronze portrait of Downing and is located in Queen Square.

Image courtesy of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society archives

An impressive monument erected in 1926 in downtown Brunswick recalls one of the most prosperous periods in city history and serves as a memorial to Columbia Downing, Jr. Downing’s company put Brunswick on the map at the turn of the 20th century. Read more

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Postcard Depicting Godalming Church

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This month's entry of SSI Archives features a Christmas card from 1975 that makes a connection to James Edward Oglethorpe's church in Surrey, England. The founder of the colony of Georgia spent most of his life in England. Read more

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Goat Man

Photo courtesy of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society

Many who lived in the South in the 1950s and 60s remember encountering Charles “Ches” McCartney, more commonly known as the “Goat Man.” McCartney became a folk legend as he travelled the country with a small herd of goats and all his belongings. Read more

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Francerne Poster

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During World War II, many American artists contributed to the war effort by creating artwork for posters that would help galvanize public support for Federal programs, such as rationing and civilian defense. Read more

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