Governor and Georgia Historical Society to Name First New Georgia Trustees in 260 Years



The Office of the Governor and the Georgia Historical Society (GHS) will honor Atlantan Bernard Marcus and the late Marguerite Neel Williams, of Thomasville, as new Georgia Trustees at the Society’s Georgia Days Birthday Bash and Annual Awards Gala, in Savannah, Saturday, February 14, 2009, 7:00 p.m. Mr. Marcus and Ms. Williams will be the first Georgians in 260 years to receive this honor, which recognizes their profound commitment to philanthropy and service in their communities and throughout the state…

…Bernard Marcus is cofounder of The Home Depot, Inc., an innovative Georgia company that revolutionized the home improvement business with its warehouse concept. He served as chairman of the board until his retirement in 2002. He remains director emeritus, and is Chairman of The Marcus Foundation…

…Marguerite Neel Williams’ advocacy for historic preservation ensured the survival of many landmarks throughout the state, and her civic activism created a safe space for the children of Thomasville. Throughout her life she provided leadership for civic, political, and educational organizations throughout Georgia…

The Georgia Historical Society, headquartered in Savannah, is the oldest cultural institution in the state and one of the oldest historical organizations in the nation. It is the first and only statewide historical society in Georgia. For nearly 175 years, GHS has collected, preserved, and shared Georgia history through a variety of educational outreach programs, publications, and research services.

For more information visit: www.georgiahistory.com.


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