Sunday, January 13, 2008

 

Hunley expert to speak at Historic Effingham banquet

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Savannah Morning News
January 13, 2008


An expert from the Hunley Commission will be the guest speaker at the annual banquet of the Historic Effingham Society.

The event will be at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 2 in the Great Hall at New Ebenezer Retreat Center.

Randall Burbage will speak on the history, recovery and restoration of the Confederate submarine the H.L. Hunley, which was lost off the coast of Charleston, S.C., after successfully attacking the USS Housatonic on Feb. 17, 1864.

This action during the Civil War was one of the most remarkable events in Naval history, as it was the first submarine to successfully sink a ship in military action and was not repeated again for another 50 years.

Historic Effingham spokeswoman Susan Exley said guests to the event will be in for a wonderful presentation.

"A lot has happened over the last few years in the restoration of the Hunley since Mr. Burbage first spoke at our banquet," Exley said. "His presentation then was so interesting that few checked their watches while eagerly anticipating the next photograph or remark. We look forward to more of this fascinating story."

Burbage is a native of Charleston and is owner of Randy Burbage Equipment Co. He is married to the former Judith Rabun of Hanahan, S.C., where they live. They have six children.

He is a life member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and, among other accomplishments, has been commander of the South Carolina Division of the SCV since 2006. He was awarded the Order of Palmetto by Governor Carroll Campbell in 1993. In 1995, the governor appointed him to the Hunley Commission. He was chairman of the Hunley Funeral Committee from 2002 to 2004.

The banquet will begin with a fellowship time at 5:30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The event is by reservation only and is open to the public as long as tickets are available. Tickets cost $20 and are on sale at the Effingham Museum, 1002 N, Pine St., in Springfield or from members.

The Effingham Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Tickets must be purchased by Jan. 28.

Tickets also can be reserved by mailing a check or money order no later than Jan. 25 to: Historic Effingham Society, P.O. Box 999, Springfield, GA 31329. Call the office at 912-754-2170, or Exley at 912-754-6681 for more information.

For more information about the Historic Effingham Society, visit www.historiceffinghamsociety.org. For more information about the Hunley, visit www.hunley.org.



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IF YOU GO

WHAT: Historic Effingham Society annual banquet and dinner

WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Feb. 2 with dinner served at 6 p.m.

WHERE: New Ebenezer Retreat Center, 2887 Ebenezer Road, Rincon.

DETAILS: Banquet is by reservation only. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $20 at the Effingham Museum, 1002 N. Pine St., Springfield, or from any member of the Historic Effingham Society. RSVP by Jan. 28.

INFO: For more information, call the museum office at 912-754-2170 or Susan Exley at 912-754-6681. www.historiceffinghamsociety.org.


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