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Historic Effingham Society adds to gift shop
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The 2008 “Reflections of Effingham’s Past” calendar - photo by Photo submitted

Historic Effingham Society has added two new items to the Effingham Museum Gift Shop. This is a great place to do your Christmas shopping so drop by and take a look.

Historic Effingham Society’s annual calendar for 2008 is called “Reflections of Effingham’s Past.” The cover features a view of the Rincon School with students out front in 1941 and even gives a glimpse of an old school bus. You will find a summary of the 2007 accomplishments of the HES inside.  

Each month features a photo including: the Effingham Academy Class of 1941, the family of Olin George and “Carrie” Dasher, an 1882 View of the South Bound Railroad Construction in Stillwell, Jo Ann Seckinger (Durrence’s) 6th birthday party, the Jaycees of Springfield with Gov. Maddox in 1967, the 1956-57 FHA of Effingham Academy, a 1905 Guyton photo of the Margaret Frances Elkins family on her 75th birthday, a 1958 photo of the Rolin S. Loper family, The Senior Class trip of 1950 from Effingham Academy in Washington, D.C., past presidents of the Springfield PTA, the family of George and Susie Seckinger in the 1930s, Mrs. Edna Morgan’s 1938 second grade class at Clyo School and some lucky hunters in 1930s Springfield.  

The centerfold of the calendar features a 1910 photograph of the family of Walter A. Gnann on the top and a 1986 photograph of the Gnann siblings on the 50th anniversary of the youngest’s graduation from Newberry College. It is really remarkable that all six of the Gnann children received a college education and were all able to celebrate this occasion.  The calendar is priced again at $5 and past issues are still available.

Each year Historic Effingham adds to our Barlow Series of Christmas ornaments. The ornaments are 2 inches diameter featuring a gold-tone rim and ribbon for hanging. The first in the series were done in black and white. These include: The Old Jail, Effingham Courthouse, Mingledorff & Bird Store and R. B. Mallory’s.

The last few are done in color including: Jerusalem Lutheran Church, The Methodist Tabernacle and our newest which just arrived, our very own Seckinger-Bridgers House.  Each costs $16 including tax.  

The gift shop features our books, Sheila House of the Seckinger-Bridgers House, notecards, artists’ prints, maps, T-shirts and all of our publications including “From River to River” the History of Effingham County, our Effingham Cemetery Book, Images, War Stories by Berrian Zettler, Those Gallant Georgians and much much more.

Effingham Museum and Living History Site is open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. from Monday through Friday and Sunday from 2-5 p.m. Drop by and look around. You might be able to conveniently do some of your shopping before the holiday rush at the Museum.  

This article was written by Susan Exley of Historic Effingham Society.  If you have comments, photos or stories to share contact her at 754-6681 or email: