November 27, 2023
The Historical Society of Bay County will host archaeologist Nicole Grinnon of the Florida Archaeological Network on Monday November 27, at 6:00 pm at the Bay County Public Library. Ms. Grinnon will present a program titled "Shipwrecks of Northwest Florida". Hundreds of ships are buried in our gulf waters and three of those will be featured in this program. She will discuss the USS Massachusetts, the nation's oldest battleship sunk for target practice off Pensacola, the SS Tarpon, a merchant vessel famous for its weekly trips between Mobile and Panama City until it was lost in a gale, and the Vamar, sunk at Port St. Joe under mysterious circumstances during World War II.
The September and October programs presented by the HSBC have once again drawn our loyal followers and members to be educated and entertained by knowledgeable speakers on topics of local interest. In September, we learned of the challenges that continue to face the restoration of the Governor Stone. Last month's program featured author, Kathryn Hardy who discussed her recent book, Johnny and Jazzbo, A True Story, a story about Dr, Johnny Savage and Otis Ikner's adventures, trials and tribulations. The program was interesting and highly entertaining as Dr. Johnny Savage made a guest appearance and charmed the audience. It was easy to see why the story is being considered for the Hollywood screen.