2011 OFHS Annual Meeting

June 2-4, 2011

Macon, Georgia

March 29, 2011

33rd Annual Meeting

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Meet us in Macon!  Ride the OFHS trolley Friday evening to a wine and cheese garden party before supper in the parlor at historic Sidney Lanier Cottage.  After dinner Marty Willets will tell us about southern poet Sidney Lanier's life in the Civil War and Macon history. Then we board our trolley for a tour of lighted historical Macon after dark.


Our annual meeting in this beautiful old southern city begins Thursday, June 2nd, with early registration at 3 P.M. at our hotel, the Holiday Inn, Macon North. That evening is our traditional Thursday night dessert social.  Bring photos, memorabilia and tall tales.


Friday morning is the Business Meeting--followed by Floyd Owsley on our family in the Civil War in Georgia and an introduction to the noted Genealogy and History Collection of the Washington Memorial Library.  It's strong in English, Scots, Irish, and Welsh records plus those of the original thirteen colonies. Visit www.co.bibb.ga.us/library.  To search the catalog, go to www.bibblib.org (Bibb County library database). On left in small print, click on "Pines Catalog" which will lead you to the genealogy collection.


Then it's OFHS luncheon at our hotel.  After lunch, some will want to do genealogical research at the Washington.  For those who prefer sight-seeing, Macon has antebellum houses like the fabulous Hay House and an abundance of museums from the Georgia Music Hall of Fame (Otis Redding, Ray Charles, etc.) to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.  Request free visitor's brochure at www.visitmacon.org or (800) 768-3401.  Friday evening is optional trolley tour, garden party and supper at Sidney Lanier Cottage.


Saturday morning features those cousins with roots in or who live in Georgia, Alabama, or Florida.  President Ronny Bodine will tell us about Newdigate and Weldon Owsley, sons of Thomas Owsley II and his wife Ann (Hudson) Owsley who migrated from the family plantation in Virginia to Georgia.  Then descendants of the brothers will share what happened to those in their lines down to the present.  Cousins who live in Georgia, Alabama and Florida who are not from Newdigate nor Weldon can share how their family came to be in those states--more details when we receive your registration form.


Milancie Hill Adams will tell us about Henrietta Leonora Owsley, who moved to Fort Lauderdale and show photos of Henrietta's father's, Dr. Frederick Owsley's mansion which is a 7/8 reproduction of the White House.  After lunch on our own with cousins and friends, we will carpool to the Ocmulgee National Monument. It's one of only four elaborate Indian mound complexes in the country.  We can enter the earth lodge, climb the temple mound--or tour by car.  We'll visit the museum which covers 12,000 years of American history and view a 17 minute video.  No admission fee.


We conclude with our Saturday evening banquet at the hotel.  Then it's farewell 'til 2012.


Sheila Patterson, Co-Program Director

Click here for the 2011 OFHS meeting information

Click here for the 2011 OFHS meeting registration form

Click here for the 2011 OFHS meeting information

Information for Our 33rd Annual Meeting, Macon, Georgia: June 2-4, 2011



The $95 fee includes Thursday evening dessert social, Friday luncheon at the hotel, Saturday night banquet, registration for morning programs (with beverage breaks), and applicable taxes and gratuities.  Hotel has complimentary hot breakfast for guests.



A guest may attend Thursday evening dessert social, Friday lunch, Friday at Lanier, and/or Saturday night banquet without registering for conference.  One can sign up for Friday supper at Lanier Cottage without trolley.  See Registration Form for costs.



We're gathering to have fun and "catch up" with family and friends--so bring casual, comfortable clothes.  Some like to dress up a little for the Saturday evening dinner, but that is optional.  Please bring family memorabilia, photos, pictures of past annual meetings, genealogical work, and stories to share.


Alabama, Florida, and Georgia cousins--bring above to share on Sat. a. m. program.



We're meeting at the Holiday Inn, Macon North (two Holiday Inns in Macon) at 3953 River Place Drive.  RESERVATIONS:  (478) 803-8200 or (877) 834-3613.  Mention Owsley Family for group rate of $89 plus tax per night--with complimentary hot breakfast.   Check-in 4 p. m.  Cancellations 24 hours in advance. Reserve early--hotel honors that rate 3 days before and after conference--space available.  Amenities:  restaurant, lounge with happy hour 5-7 p. m., wireless internet, frig and microwave in rooms, room service, salt water pool, and free parking. 

Directions:  from I-75, going south, exit 169--left on Arkwright Road--then first right on River Place Drive.   Going north, exit 169--right on Arkwright Road--then first right on River Place Drive.



Optional Friday evening event.  OFHS trolley will take us to porch and garden of the historic Sidney Lanier Cottage for wine, cheese, and lemonade before dinner.  Then supper in the parlor with after dinner speaker telling about Sidney Lanier and Macon history.  Followed by trolley tour of lighted historic houses--and back to our hotel.  Trolley is $10 and wine and cheese plus supper is $30--payable on reservation form.



Contact Sheila Patterson at (541)343-8093 PDT or lmnop9@juno.com until May 30th. Include your phone and time zone on email.   Phone only after May 30th.


DEADLINES--REGISTRATION--MAY 1st--Reserve hotel early.  Check-in 4 P.M.  Please return Reservation Form to Connie Howard as soon as possible.  Exceptions--contact us.


Click here for the 2011 OFHS meeting information

Click here for the 2011 OFHS meeting registration form

Holiday Inn Macon North - Macon, Georgia