Considering the summer is usually a slow time professionally for me, it has actually been a very active last few months. I had a wonderful experience teaching six weeks of coastal Georgia history classes in July and August for the Learning Center in Savannah, focusing on Savannah history. A nice turnout of enthusiastic participants, all Savannah area residents, who kept me on my toes with their very
good questions and insightful contributions and observations. Some of the group participated in the three-day winter field trip and tour I led for the Learning Center to Jekyll and St. Simons islands earlier this year.
My research and writing continues at a steady pace. I am making progress on my forthcoming book of historical essays and papers about coastal Georgia, focusing largely on Sapelo, Darien and McIntosh County. As I have noted earlier, this collection includes much new material and amplifies in more detail various topics already covered in my previous writings. Space limitations constrained my being able to delve deeply into topics such as Spanish exploration and settlement on the Georgia coast, coastal maritime history and the very intriguing history of Harris Neck. These and many more subjects will be covered in the new book.
I have been invited by the University of Georgia Press, one of the premier academic publishers in America, to prepare a proposal for a new book, and this potential project has occupied much of my time in August and September, entailing developing a detailed chapter outline and sample drafts of chapters for the book. A daunting task but very gratifying nonetheless. This will be submitted for academic peer review toward the end of this year and we will see what happens! Sorry, but I cannot relate the subject of the proposed book yet but, hopefully, I can do that following the review process and if the proposal is approved. If it works out this will be an outstanding project, combining both the written word and the visual image. Will keep you posted!
Please see my Upcoming Speaking Engagements link for several lectures I am conducting in the fall of this year and the winter of 2014. Hope to see you at some of these. Some of you have asked about my annual winter series of coastal history lectures at the Coastal Georgia Historical Society on St. Simons. I will be doing these again in January and February. Dates have not been set as yet but those interested in taking the classes may reserve space by calling or emailing the CGHS to get more information. These lectures are fun for area newcomers and long-time residents alike, and we always have a lot of fun at the classes which cover six weeks, one night a week, two hours per session, 12 hours in all.
As I always remind you, get out and explore our beautiful and historical coastal Georgia. With cooler weather on the way, day trips to places like St. Marys, Little St. Simons, Darien, Midway, Richmond Hill and Harris Neck are great ways to spend a fall Saturday or Sunday!