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Jan. 13 - Ossabaw Island Foundation Annual Meeting/Mainland Showcase Scheduled For Jan. 23

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January 13, 2020 - The Ossabaw Island Foundation's Annual Meeting and Mainland Showcase event will take place on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 beginning at 6 p.m. at The Armstrong Center. The event is free and open to the public. 

The 2020 Annual Meeting/Mainland Showcase event for the Ossabaw Island Foundation (TOIF) is a yearly celebration of Ossabaw Island -- Georgia's third largest barrier island, located just south of Savannah on the Georgia coast. This event is a chance for the general public to gather on the mainland and hear about recent and planned activities on Ossabaw, meet the Trustees of TOIF, and learn about topics relevant to Ossabaw Island's natural, scientific, cultural or ecological heritage.
The Annual Meeting also honors the birthday of Eleanor "Sandy" Torrey West, who turns 107 on January 17. Mrs. West is the last private owner and resident of Ossabaw Island, who led her family's sale of Ossabaw Island to the state of Georgia as a Heritage Preserve in 1978.  Mrs. West lived on Ossabaw until mid-2016 and now lives in Savannah.
In the late 1960s, Georgians learned about a looming threat to mine the state’s famed coastal marshlands. In response, a broad coalition came together to protect the coast’s signature landscape. Their efforts resulted in the Coastal Marshlands Protection Act, signed as Georgia state law by Governor Lester Maddox on March 27, 1970. 
Writer, historian and environmental policy leader Dr. Christopher J. Manganiello will discuss the history of this game-changing legislation, its impact on coastal Georgia, and its influence on 21st century policy and activism.
Copies of Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture: Environmental Histories of the Georgia Coast (UGA Press, 2018) will be available for purchase. Paul M. Pressly, Ossabaw Island Education Alliance, Director Emeritus, and co-editor of Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture, will introduce Dr. Manganiello. 

The Armstrong Center is located at 13040 Abercorn Street, Savannah. For more information visit

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