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Photo courtesy of Jekyll Island Authority

The newly opened Wanderer Memory Trail is the second memorial to be placed on the south end of Jekyll Island in tribute to the enslaved passengers of the Wanderer, the last known slave ship to land in Georgia. Guided tours available in February. Read more

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Learn more about Susie Baker King Taylor, a woman born into slavery, who later became the first black teacher for freed African American students to work in an openly operating Freedmen's school in Georgia. Read more

Culture & History

NAS Glynco Airship Hangar

Image courtesy of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society

This January marks the 76th anniversary of a significant World War II event in local history. On January 25, 1943, Naval Air Station Glynco was commissioned as one of five airship bases strategically located between Massachusetts and Florida. Read more

Culture & History

Whether you think of him as St. Nick or as Santa Claus, that rotund and jolly white-bearded man is the embodiment of the spirit of giving at Christmas. So who exactly is the man in the red suit? Here's a little history... Read more

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During World War II, official U.S. Navy photographers acted as the "eyes" of the military. Their photos documenting some of the training and personnel at Naval Air Station, St. Simons, help us understand what it was like to be stationed here then. Read more

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As we head into the most active months of the hurricane season, we cast our minds back to the early 19th century when a major storm devastated our coast and disgraced Vice President Aaron Burr came to St. Simons to seek refuge from his own storm. Read more

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Still photo from the 1916 Brunswick filming of "The Wrecker"

Photo courtesy of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society

Starting in 1916, pioneer filmmaker Richard E. Norman travelled to as many as forty towns in the Midwest and South to shoot the film "The Wrecker," using train wreck footage and the same screenplay in each location. Brunswick was among those cities. Read more

Culture & History

Down here, sharing a border with the Sunshine State, we know all about oranges. But with the arrival of fall, our thoughts turn to the flavor of the season. So, in the spirit of autumn and crisp, cooler days, we delve into all things apple. Read more

Doris Duke Christening the Liberty Ship named after her father.

Photo provided by the Coastal Georgia Historical Society.

The J.A. Jones Shipyard of Brunswick, was one of 18 shipyards throughout the U.S. to produce Liberty ships during World War II.The Liberty ships are credited with providing a vital lifeline of food and war material to the Allies’ global war effort. Read more

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Benjamin Galland, h2o creative group

Sapelo Island is almost another world. Learn more about this unique community by attending a tour hosted by the Coastal Georgia Historical Society. A new book by Buddy Sullivan and illustrated with photography by Ben Galland provides a virtual visit. Read more

Culture & History

Mason Stewart shares the unique origins and coastal lowland tradition of The Shout. Learn more about the songs and steps and the evolution of the shouter groups that exist in the area. Read more

Culture & History

A Historical Video Tour of the St. Simons Island. Read more

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Svendsen Children Christmas

Image courtesy of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society

Light keeper C.O. Svendsen, his wife Annie, and their three children spent many Christmases at the St. Simons Lighthouse between 1907 and 1935. Here are some of the recollections of those holidays on the island. Read more

Culture & History

Take a walk down memory lane on St. Simons Island as Billie Huggins recounts growing up as the daughter of the "mail lady" during those days in the 1940s and 50s when there was a ferris wheel in the Village. Read more

Culture & History

Glynn Academy is not only one of the oldest, publically funded coeducational systems in the US, but it began as an early American educational experiment. Mason Stewart shares that history and some recollections from Glynn Academy alumni. Read more

Culture & History

Blimp Convoy Escort

Courtesy of Paul Pribble, Glynn County Airport Commission archives

Learn about Brunswick's important role in protecting World War II ship convoys in this story about the history of the Brunswick-Golden Isles Airport by Leslie Faulkenberry. Read more

Culture & History

"All of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean." ~ John F. Kennedy Read more

In celebration of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society’s 50th Anniversary, the 2015 Chautauqua series of four lectures on Thursday evenings in August will explore the world of American lighthouses, with special emphasis on the St. Simons Light. Read more

Events

The St. Simons Lighthouse Keeper’s Dwelling received an award for Excellence in Restoration from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation at its 38th annual Preservation Awards ceremony. Read more

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