Jekyll Island Museum Celebrates Georgia Archives Month
A presentation of State Era Stories will share perspectives of island guests, residents, and employees, looking back on a time of great change for Jekyll Island.
October is Georgia Archives Month! On Thursday, October 17, join the Jekyll Island Museum to explore current oral history research on Jekyll Island’s State Era, from 1947-1986. A presentation of State Era Stories will share perspectives of island guests, residents, and employees, looking back on a time of great change for Jekyll Island.
In a project supported by the Georgia Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities and through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly, museum researchers have spent countless hours interviewing longtime members of the island community. The result is an impressive collection of memories of the Jekyll Island State Era.
Gretchen Greminger, the curator for the Jekyll Island Museum, emphasized that “the photographs, memorabilia, and stories from the early years of the State Era are about to become a crucial part of our history that the museum needs to preserve.”
As people connected to the Jekyll Island Club aged and passed away, their stories became more and more challenging to collect. “We need to begin collecting stories from today’s generations now, before the Museum faces this same problem once again,” Greminger explained.
The 1950’s and 60’s saw a great explosion of growth and change on the island.
“We are actively documenting this more recent portion of our history, as well as earlier periods,” Greminger stated. “We will continue to collect stories of what it was like working for the Club Members, but now the museum is also preserving memories of what it was like to swim in the Aquarama, or attend a concert at the Dolphin Club.”
The Jekyll Island Museum will present some of the State Era stories it has collected, in a public presentation entitled “Fabulous Jekyll Island,” on October 17, 2013, 7:00 pm, at the Morgan Center. Admission is free, but reservations are required. For more information, please call or visit the Jekyll Island Museum on Stable Road, 912-635-4036.
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