At the January meeting of the Dawson County Historical and Genealogical Society members reviewed the major achievements of the past year and made some decisions concerning the future.
Officers filling major positions remain the same: Peggy Hulsey, president and secretary; Pat Floyd, vice president and Faye Bruce, secretary.
New for 2016 are Colby Hunter joining Betty Love as newsletter editor; Hunter and Judy Harris joining Mildred Gaddis on the society's board of directors.
Highlighting major events was the publication of the much-anticipated official history, with a reception and book signing, sponsored by the board of commissioners.
Hulsey reported that more than 300 copies of "DAWSON COUNTY, GEORGIA: A HISTORY" have been sold; members voted to authorize publishing up to 500 additional copies as needed.
Other books published by the society are still available, although in limited numbers.
Those include: "DAWSON COUNTY, GEORGIA, HERITAGE; 1857-1996," "CEMETERIES OF DAWSON COUNTY" and "DAWSON COUNTY, GEORGIA, PICTORIAL: THE
FIRST HUNDRED YEARS."
All the books can be purchased through the society office in the historic old courthouse on the square by writing to P.O. Box 1074, Dawsonville, or by calling (706) 265-3985, and leaving a message.
Your call will be returned to fill your order by mail or by making an appointment to meet at the society's office. The books are also available for purchase at the Dawson County Library.
The recently published history books are also on sale at the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce office. The price is $38, with $5 additional if the book is to be mailed.
Society members expressed concern about the current state of a number of old cemeteries, especially small, private, non-church-connected ones, and the need to have them restored and preserved.
The possibility of working on that project was discussed.
Residents interested in activities of the Dawson County Historical and Genealogical Society are invited to attend the quarterly meetings scheduled for 5 p.m. the third Tuesdays in April, July, October and January at the Dawson County Library.