Mailing List:1999-11-10 05, Mulberry Grove Minutes 10/20/99 (fwd), by J. Barry Whitney, III

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From: Barry Whitney <barryw -at- therock.mcg.edu> Subject: [WHITNEY-L] Mulberry Grove Minutes 10/20/99 (fwd) Date: Wed, 10 Nov 1999 12:58:28 -0500 (EST) Dear Cousins, As you know, there is a renewed interest in preserving / restoring the Mulberry Grove Plantation (near Savannah, Georgia) where Eli Whitney developed the cotton gin. The enclosed report from Jodi Hawks gives some very exciting news of recent developments. The filming of the documentary is one highlight. Also, Jodi Hawks informed the Board that "we have been approved for membership in the prestigious 'Nation Trust for Historic Preservation.'" Some info about Mulberry Grove can be found at <a href="http://members.xoom.com/bwhitney/EliWhitney/">http://members.xoom.com/bwhitney/EliWhitney/</a> Ever, Barry John Barry Whitney III <a href="http://members.tripod.com/~bwhitney/whitney.htm">http://members.tripod.com/~bwhitney/whitney.htm</a> ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Wed, 10 Nov 1999 12:29:40 EST From: JodiHaw -at- aol.com To: WWaters258 -at- aol.com ... Subject: Mulberry Grove Minutes 10/20/99 Mulberry Grove Foundation, Inc. Meeting Minutes 10/20/99 Board Members Attending Wade Waters, Chairman Paul Muller, Treasurer Audilee Boyd Taylor, Secretary Hugh Golson Jodi Hawks Mo Fetzer Mark Yeager, Staff Archeologist / Architect Pat Doyle Calvin A. MacFarland Lowell Guests in Attendance Dave Rutherford, Pt. Wentworth City Administrator Richard Haymens, Pt. Wentworth City Council Hope Morrow Meeting called to order @ 7:05PM by Chairman Waters Minutes read and approved Paul Muller assured to board that the paperwork for tax status would be in the governments hands by the November meeting. Wade Waters indicated the slow process is holding up some funding attempts. Mission Statement: Hugh Golson made motion to accept Mo Fetzer, second Unanimous Approval of Motion By-Laws: Jodi Hawks made motion to adopt Mo Fetzer, second Unanimous Approval of Motion Election of Officers: Motion by Jodi Hawks to elect Wade Waters President / Chairman Second by Paul Muller Unanimous Approval of Motion Motion by Jodi Hawks to elect Mo Fetzer Vice President / Vice Chairman Second by Hugh Golson Unanimous Approval of Motion Motion by Jodi hawks to elect Paul Muller Treasurer Second by Hugh Golson Unanimous Approval of Motion Motion made by Jodi Hawks to elect Audilee Boyd Taylor Secretary Second by Hugh Golson Unanimous Approval of Motion Election of Members of the Board of Directors: (Voting) Motion made by Hugh Golson elect the following individuals to be seated on the Board of Directors: Calvin A. MacFarland Lowell Pat Doyle Jodi Hawks Hugh Golson Mark Yeager Martha McCullough William J. Chant. Second by Jodi L. Hawks Unanimous Approval of Motion Chairman Waters and Mark Yeager gave a status report on the negotiations between US Fish & Wildlife and the Georgia Ports Authority. Mr. Yeager gave a detailed report on the real estate involved in the proposed land swap deal. Mr. Waters addressed his negotiations with Mr. Sam Drake of US F&W as pertaining to Mulberry Grove Plantation. Mr. Yeager talked about the plans to use "Duck Stamp" money by US F&W to pay for some of this property. he also explained US F&W had gone into joint ventures with non profit organizations in the past to do just as we plan on doing. Jodi Hawks gave a report on the (SEG) Stakeholders group meetings. The Foundation is now a part of SEG and a key player. Chairman Waters gave a report on the status of his contacts with Sen. Max Cleland's office in Augusta. Sen. Cleland's staff has met with Chairman Waters. Chairman Waters addressed issues raised by Dr. Carolyn Copper of the Eli Whitney Museum in Connecticut. Dr. .Cooper is also a Professor of American History at Yale University and the Director emeritus of the Eli Whitney museum. Her suggestions about Mulberry Grove were met with positive feedback by the Board. Mark Yeager spoke about his communications with Dr. Hornerkamp. Dr. Hornerkamp did the Archeological Assessment of Mulberry Grove and is now head of the Archeology Department for the University of Tennessee. He is writing a manuscript about Mulberry Grove Plantation. Mr. Huigh Golson gave a report on the filming of the Documentary about Mulberry Grove Plantation. He, Ms. McCullough and W.W. Law were filmed in Forsyth Park by the production company (Graystone Communications). Graystone will be filming on the Mulberry Grove Plantation site on October 21, 1999. Most of the work has been completed and final production would take about 8 months. Graystone was contracted to do the documentary by Ted Turner and TNN Network. We were under the wrong impression this documentary would air on the History Channel and A&E. The documentary will focus on three things. 1) Invention of the Cotton Gin 2) George Washington's visits 3) Sherman's burning of the Plantation on his "March to the Sea" Mr. Yeager expressed his concerns that we need to Video Record oral histories of Mulberry Grove Plantation. He will contact some individuals to get advise. Mr. Yeager stated we need to set up a central Research Library with all the data we have collected and log each item. Jodi Hawks informed the Board that we have been approved for membership in the prestigious "Nation Trust for Historic Preservation". Jodi Hawks informed the board that he has located and ordered a copy of the ORIGINAL engineering drawings of the Cotton Gin by Eli Whitney. He also found the 1812 hand written documents written by Eli Whitney to Congress in his effort to renew his patent on the Cotton Gin. All these records were located at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Meeting Adjourned 9:15PM Approved: _______________________ _______________________ Wade Waters, Chairman / President Audilee Boyd Taylor, Secretary


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