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Remembering the Sunday School Convention in the 1880s
Ramah Bird SS Convention1880s
A young Ramah Bird, born in 1880, wears his badge.

As we prepare for the 137th annual Sunday School Convention, we are thrilled to have uncovered some pictures never shared dating to the convention prior to the Effingham County Methodist Campground being located on its present site. The two-story structure in the background indicates it was during the days when convention was held in Springfield near the present Springfield United Methodist Church. These wonderful old photos were provided by Shirley Palmer from the collection of Harry Bird Zittrouer. Young Ramah Bird is believed to be 7 to 9 years of age dating the photographs to the late 1880s.

For 136 years, beginning in 1879, the Sunday Schools of the county have gathered for the annual singing convention. Convention will begin at 10 a.m. on May 1 at the Methodist Campground on the south end of Laurel Street in Springfield. Participating Sunday schools are asked to line up at 9:45 a.m. to march in and be seated by denomination.

It is Christian Church (DoC) year and Marshall Reiser is the President. The guest speaker will be Rev. Dr. Bob Harris from the Christian College of Georgia in Athens. Convention is open to the public. Come join us and hear the old time hymn selections from the participating Sunday Schools and bring a basket dinner to share with one of the groups gathering after the worship service for fellowship.

This was written by Susan Exley of Historic Effingham Society. If you have photos or historical information to share contact her at 754-6681 or email