|BONPS Banquet guests hear Hicks speak on Widow of the South;
J.T. Thompson hands gavel to incoming president James Kay
Robert Hicks, author of the best-selling historical novel Widow of the South, autographed his book for attendees at the Battle of Nashville Preservation Society's Annual Banquet held Feb. 8, 2007 at the Travellers Rest auditorium.
Along with several amusing and interesting anecdotes, Hicks discussed the power of historical fiction--"storytelling"--in making the lessons of history relevant to younger generations of Americans. The Widow of the South tells the story of Carrie McGavock, mistress of Carnton Plantation, and how she came to care for the thousands of wounded and killed Confederate soldiers following the Battle of Franklin, Nov. 30, 1864. Hicks, a music industry executive, plans two more historical novels, his next one tackling the controversies surrounding CSA Gen. John Bell Hood. Hicks also spearheaded Franklin's Charge, a project which raised $5 million for battlefield restoration in Franklin.
More than 135 attendees at the banquet enjoyed fellowship, bidding at the silent auction, a delicious buffet dinner, presentation of the colors by the Spring Hill High School Army JROTC, the presentation by Mr. Hicks, and the presentation of BONPS awards and introduction of new officers.
J.T. Thompson was praised for his past two years of service as BONPS president, during which the mortgage on Shy's Hill was burned, among many other accomplishments.
Incoming President James Kay, who served as vice-president and who has lived on the battlefield all his life, said there is still much work to be done, on Shy's Hill as well as retiring the debt on the Redoubt No. 1 site.
Appreciation was given for the retiring members of the Board of Directors--Sherry Male, Doug Jones, and Wes Shofner. Male has served as secretary of BONPS for several years; Jones served as President; and Shofner is a founding member of BONPS.
The awards for Member of the Year went to two active members--David Broemel and Jim Atkinson. Broemel has performed many duties related to the restoration of Shy's Hill, and Atkinson has been in charge of book sales for BONPS's Guide to Civil War Nashville.
The President's Award went to two individuals instrumental in the raising of funds and restoration work on Shy's Hill--Bob Brown and John Eddie Cain.
The President, the Board of Directors, and the entire membership of BONPS look forward to another year of community service and accomplishment.
Outgoing BONPS President J.T. Thompson, right, presents the Member of the Year awards to James Atkinson, left, and David Broemel at the BONPS 2007 Banquet.
Incoming BONPS President Jim Kay challenges the membership to continue BONPS's achievements in the preservation of battlefield property.
Retired history professor James Lee McDonough chats with Jean Nelson, President of the Land Trust, which has acquired the Glen Leven estate, the largest section of Nashville battlefield to be preserved in recent memory.
Candidates for Mayor of Nashville--Bob Clement, left, and Buck Dozier--worked the crowd at the Feb. 8th BONPS Banquet.