The Historical Society of Bay County

Panama City, Florida

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Monday April 27, 2015

Our April Meeting is on the 27th of April.  The program will be given by Commander Hung Cao, Commanding Officer of Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center.


His program will be a briefing on activities at the Navy Diving and Salvage Training Center here in Panama City.  He will discuss the role of that facility in relation to all military diving in the United States.  This year has been proclaimed The Year of the Military Diver and a celebration of that will be going on at the base during May.  He will be highlighting those events and issuing an invitation for us to attend.

Sponsored by the Historical Society of Bay County.

Monday. April 27th

7 PM

Bay County Library

898 W. 11th St.

Open to the public.  Light refreshment will be served.


Bob Hurst             785-6184

Glenda Walters     832-0840

Here is more information about Events scheduled for the Year of the Military Diver celebration: 

Looking ahead: 

May 18,  2015

Because Memorial Day falls on the fourth Monday, we are meeting on the third Monday for May only.


Image by: Margaret Ross Tolbert

The regular meeting will be on May 18, 2015.  In addition the location will be different.  The meeting will be at the Visual Arts Center on 19 E. 4th Street at 7:00 pm.  Our speaker is a state recognized specialist on Florida waters, Dr. Tom Berson, a member of the History department faculty at  Santa Fe State College.   His presentation is entitled "Transparent Waters"  He is a lecturer for the Florida Humanities Council.


In addition there will be a showing of the artistic works of Margaret Ross Tolbert and Jean Blackburn.


The paintings of Margaret Ross Tolbert have been exhibited throughout Florida and internationally as well.  Her book, Aquiferious, is a combination of art, science, poetry and information about Florida's Springs and was awarded both gold and silver medals in the 2011 Florida Book Awards competition.


Third generation Florida native and artist, Jean Blackburn, was raised on Anna Maria Island.  A collection of her water images will also be featured at the Visual Arts Center in conjunction with our May celebration of Florida waters and springs.  Blackburn has taught art at the State College of Florida, Manatee, and at the Ringling College of Art and Design.


Both artists were featured in the Fall 2014 Florida Humanities Council publication Forum.

Additional information on the artists and speaker can be found at


Image by:  Jean Blackburn


Saturday June 6, 2015

Here's another local event you don't want to miss:


BIG NEWS ! Beginning on February 3, 2015, the new History Museum will begin opening on a regular schedule. The museum will welcome visitors each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday between the hours of 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Make plans to come by and see what we have to show you. Remember our address is 223 W. 6th Street. in historic downtown Panama

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Historical Society of Bay County
P.O. Box 1476
Panama City, FL 32402
Phone: (850) 832-0840

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