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THE D. A. R. CONTINENTAL HALL—The ceremony of breaking ground for this memorial structure was observed in Washington on Saturday, October 11, 1902. The President-General, Mrs. Charles W. Fairbanks, delivered a short formal address. The site is on 17th Street, within one square of the Corcoran Art Gallery.
REPORT OF SEVENTH ANNUAL MEETING OF
SOUTHERN HISTORY ASSOCIATION.
BY COLYER MERIWETHER, SECRETARY.
The Seventh Annual Meeting of the Southern History Association, for the transaction of business and the election of officers, was held at the residence of General Marcus J. Wright, 1743 Corcoran Street, Northwest, Washington, D. C., Friday evening, February 27, 1903. The reports of the Secretary and Treasurer were read and accepted, the latter having been previously audited by Mr. T. L. Cole. Steps were taken towards a special meeting on the subject of reconstruction. Suggestions were made for widening the scope, and increasing the membership of the Association. General Wright, Mr. B. F. Johnson and the Secretary were appointed a committee to draw up resolutions (page 146) in memory of Dr. J. L. M. Curry, the former President of the Association. Officers were chosen as given below. After adjournment the members were entertained with refreshments by General Wright.
The officers are as follows:
Vice-Presidents: General M. C. Butler, Edgefield, S. C.; Mr. Thomas Nelson Page, Washington, D. C.; President Woodrow Wilson, Princeton, N. J.; Hon. S. Pasco, Isthmian
Canal Commission; Colonel George A. Porterfield, CharlesTown, W. Va.; Mr. Thomas H. Clark, Law Librarian of Congress.
Secretary and Treasurer: Colyer Meriwether, Washington, D. C.
Administrative Council (in addition to above officers ) : Professor Kemp P. Battle, Chapel Hill, N. C.; Colonel R. A. Brock, Richmond, Va.; Mr. T. L. Cole, Washington, D. C.; Prof. R. H. Dabney, University of Va.; Prof. John R. Ficklen, Tulane University, New Orleans, La.; Prof. Charles Lee Smith, Liberty, Mo.; Prof. W. C. Stubbs, New Orleans, La.; Dr. S. B. Weeks, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Prof. Lucian Johnston, Baltimore, Md.; Mr. Alexander Summers, Bureau of Education; President George T. Winston, Raleigh, N. C.; Colonel J. B. Killebrew, Nashville, Tenn.; Mr. B. F. Johnson, Richmond, Va.; Colonel John B. Brownlow, Post Office Department; Prof. George P. Garrison, Austin, Texas.
THE SECRETARY'S REPORT. The Seventh Annual Meeting finds our Association up to its usual average. Our membership is substantially the same. Our regular volume of publications equals any of its predecessors, except one, in pagination, and surpasses all in the space given to original material. Our surplus is the largest in our history.
In the general field the year has not been signalized by any very unusual incident, but it can be said with safety that interest in the study of the past is gradually increasing, a slow but solid growth. No preëminent book appeared, no striking impetus was given to the cause. One new society was started, the Tennessee Valley one, and an older one, that of Louisiana, made efforts to get published by the U. S. Government a mass of important documents. A broad scheme for the whole country has been announced by a leading firm, a coöperative history of the U. S. The Carnegie Institution has also set aside a fund for investigating the sources of history in the official repositories in Washington. The national Association will for the first time in its existence gather in annual convention south of the Potomac at New Orleans, next Christmas. This will be both a testimonial to historical interest in the South, and, it is trusted, a stimulant for the future.
For the first time in the life of the Association with one exception, we hold our annual meeting without the presence of Dr. J. L. M. Curry. He presided at the organization, and on the removal of Mr. W. L. Wilson from Washington, became our president and so remained till his death (on February 12). Interested in history, but specially devoted to that of our chosen field, he was always ready to aid with suggestion, with counsel, and with his pen. Ever willing to grant an interview, ever prompt till bodily weakness prevented, to answer a communication, ever punctual in fulfilling a promise of contribution, he stands, remarkable for one of his age, a model of courtesy and energy. Cheerfully giving of his valuable time and strength to a cause that could add neither to his purse nor his honors, he was a union of high purpose, strong sympathy, and noble sense of charity and culture. To education, to public service and to history he consecrated his days, and in each path he walked with a sure and fearless step. It is to be hoped that in the near future some of the institutions that he was so active in guiding will put in printed form a record of his achievements.
TREASURER'S REPORT FOR 1902.
Balance from 1901,
$430 07 688 20 107 52 10 72