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September 26, 2006

            When attending the annual meeting in October, plan on spending a little time at the beautiful Atlanta History Center, one of our city’s jewels.  Its museum is first-rate.  And it has wonderful exhibits, both permanent and temporary.

            A few weeks ago, I was there to see “Reduction and Occupation: The Special Field Orders of General William T. Sherman.”  General Sherman’s practice was to handwrite the next day’s special orders to his commanders and have them distributed in time for their implementation.  The original special orders for the Atlanta Campaign, in Sherman’s own hand, have been collected and are strikingly displayed.  They are clear, precise, and leave no doubt what he expected his subordinates to do.  We are lucky this exhibit will still be there during the annual meeting.

            And there are other exhibits as well.  The AHC is a fascinating place, and I always enjoy my visits there.  You will not be disappointed.

            Getting to and from the AHC is easy.   It’s not a bad walk from the host hotel, especially in October.  And the luncheon and symposium on Saturday will be at there.  Shuttle busses from the Westin Hotel will start a little early so you can get there, enjoy the AHC, and still attend the trustees meeting, the luncheon and the symposium itself.

            Keep in mind, people registered for the annual meeting will be admitted to the Atlanta History Center at no additional charge.  So try not to miss it.

            By the way, the acquisition of these special orders was through the generosity of Richard Myrick.  Mr. Myrick also was more than generous in helping the rehabilitation of Bulloch Hall, and on Friday evening, at the cocktail party there, we will take a moment to recognize his and his wife Wini’s interest, dedication and philanthropy that enabled Theodore Roosevelt’s mother’s childhood home to sparkle for us once again.

Harry Lembeck
Annual Meeting Chairman 2006

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