The Bahamas Historical Society is operated by a dedicated management team and a group of committed volunteers.
2014 to present
Elected Officers of The Bahamas Historical Society 2022 – 2023
President Andrea P
1st Vice President Jim Lawlor
2nd Vice President Sybil Allen
Treasurer Subrenna Higgs
Assistant Treasurer Hilda Ferguson
Recording Secretary Godfrey Kelly
Secretary Jim Lawlor
Dr. Grace Turner Virginia Ballance
Commodore (Retired) Tellis Bethel
Lesvie Archer Cora E Carey
Dr.Vernell Allen, MBE
Godfrey Kelly Penelope Nottage
Dr Ronald Knowles Thomas Wardle
Dr. Grace Turner
Patricia Glinton-Meicholas Felicity Johnson
Dr. Lisa Lawlor-Feller Joanne Smith
Lesvie Archer. Jim Lawlor
& PUBLIC RELATIONS
Andrea P Major
Thanks to Our Volunteers!
Esther Deryckere Andrea P Major
Sybil Allen Patricia
Travis Thompson Thomas Wardle
Robert Dorsett Media
FOUNDERS & PAST PRESIDENTS
Our founders and past presidents would be proud of the our efforts to ensure that residents and visitors are able to participate in the foundation, which was laid in 1959 to preserve Bahamian history.
LADY MARY ARTHUR
(Wife of Bahamas Governor Sir Oswald Raynor Arthur)
The Bahamas Historical Society
5 October, 1959
She was endowed with that inbred sense of purpose and duty.
The desirability of a Bahamas Historical Society was forcefully impressed upon her mind during a cruise through the West Indies in the summer of 1958, where she found many active societies.
SIR GEORGE ROBERTS
After the inaugural meeting on that memorable afternoon of October 5, 1959, Lady Arthur was elected Patron and Sir George Roberts President. Miss Mary Moseley, the doyenne of Bahamian historical enthusiasts, who was then ailing, was made Honorary President. The Vice Presidency fell to Mrs. Harcourt Malcolm in recognition of her husband’s valuable contributions to history. The posts of secretaries were filled by Mrs. H. G. Christie and Mrs. Harry P. Sands.
The worried question that Sir George frequently asked in those days was: “What are we going to do with the Historical Society?” And the answers he received were not helpful.
Meetings were held at various venues:
Mary Moseley’s house
Dundas Civic Centre
President, 1973 – 1983
At long last we had a permanent home; no more shifting about; no more demoralizing uncertainty. And under the direction of Paul Albury, himself an accomplished researcher, writer and speaker of history, the Society could flourish and other things were falling into place.
President, 1983 – 1988
President, 1988 – 1999
The Archives, under the direction of Mrs. Gail Saunders, was developing into an important centre of primary research; a determined effort was being made to introduce the teaching of Bahamian history into the schools, and The College of The Bahamas was getting underway with teachers better qualified and more inquisitive than our country had known before.
President, 1999 – 2006
Treasurer, 2006 – 2015
Introduction of website and emails.
President, 1988 – 1999
President, 2009 – 2014
“My first aim as President was to get to know my committee, volunteers, members and visitors – I did and they are wonderful people. My second aim was to clean and revamp the Museum and make it more attractive. I am happy to say my third aim to build up the membership was successful. Finally, I hope that I got people to become much more interested and aware of history – my regular newsletters were appreciated and I think people did start through my newsletters to sip sip history”.