March 1st GIAS meeting: Visitor’s Club of the Brunswick Board of Trade in the late 1930s

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The Visitor’s Club of the Brunswick Board of Trade building

The Golden Isles Archaeological Society will hold their monthly meeting Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at St. Simons Elementary School-805 Ocean Blvd., St. Simons Island, GA 31522, in the cafeteria at 7:00pm. The GIAS meetings are always free and open to the public.

Dr. Kevin Kiernan, member of the board of directors for the Society for Georgia Archaeology is lecturer for the March meeting. Dr. Kiernan is a resident on St. Simons Island. His topic is Archaeology and the Visitor’s Club of the Brunswick Board of Trade in the Late 1930s.

The Visitor’s Club is the handsome tabby building, worthy and in need of historic preservation, at the entrance to the St. Simons Island causeway. It was designed in 1930 by the noted architect, Francis Louis Abreu, for the Brunswick Board of Trade and the Sea Island Company. In addition to greeting visitors to the Island and the Lower Coast of Georgia, the building was used to display exhibitions of artifacts, as they were excavated from the Airport and other prehistoric Indian sites on the Island and its vicinity.

Kiernan’s presentation discusses the building’s significance and some archaeological exhibits it housed from excavations conducted during the Great Depression.

Note: The GIAS April meeting will be held Tuesday, April 12, 2011, due to school holiday.

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