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HES banquet to feature sounds of Confederacy talk
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Benny Ferguson

Historic Effingham Society will hold its annual banquet Feb. 1 at the New Ebenezer Retreat Center, beginning with a social at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.

Guest speaker for the evening is Benny Ferguson, and his program will be “Music and Musicians and Bands of the Confederacy.”

Ferguson is a 42-year veteran educator and educational administrator. He retired as a full professor and dean of the Division of Fine Arts at Young Harris College. Ferguson earned a bachelor’s degree from Newberry College, a master of music degree from the University of South Carolina and doctoral degree from the University of North Texas where he wrote his doctoral dissertation entitled, “The Bands and Musicians of the Confederacy.”

He is married to Betty Jean Gnann Ferguson, recently retired principal of Marlow Elementary School. They are the parents of two adult sons who live in Austin and Houston, Texas.

Seats are limited. Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance no later than Jan. 27 at 12 noon at Effingham Museum, 1002 N. Pine Street in Springfield. For further information, call 754-2170 or 826-4705.