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Flash - Announcing

the 2019 Phinizy Lecture

& Family Reunion

Save the Dates:

Friday & Saturday, February 22 & 23, 2019

The Ferdinand Phinizy Lectureship Committee has been reconstituted by the University of Georgia under the leadership of new B. Phinizy Spalding Distinguished Chair of History Cindy Hahamovich (replacing Jim Cobb who retired last year).  The committee has met and the next Phinizy Lecture will be at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2019 in Athens at the Seney-Stovall Chapel.  Our lecturer will be noted Civil War historian Stephanie McCurry from Columbia University.  Stephanie is a rising star and here is a link with her bio.

22nd Ferdinand Phinizy Lecture & Reunion – Athens, GA

**Schedule of Events**

February 22 – 23, 2019

Below are the details:

Friday, February 22, 2019


5:30 p.m. – The 22nd Ferdinand Phinizy Lecture will be held at the Seney-Stovall Chapel at 200 N. Milledge Avenue, 30601 (next to The Varsity).

Our lecturer will be Stephanie McCurry, R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of American History in Honor of Dwight D. Eisenhower at Columbia University. The title of Professor McCurry’s lecture will be "Reconstructing:  A Georgia Woman's Life Amidst the Ruins."


Professor McCurry specializes in the nineteenth century United States, the American South, the American Civil War, and the history of women and gender.  Her current interests include the history of the United States in the immediate post-Civil War moment, the history of postwar societies and processes of reconstruction in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the matter of marriage, politics and the state in the modern period.  Her book “Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War” was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for History in 2011.

Transportation:  On your own.  Parking is available next door to Seney-Stovall behind UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute.  Carpooling from the Georgia Center is recommended.  Uber/Lyft is another option.

Dress: Dressy casual

Cost per person:  Free and open to the public

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6:45 p.m. – Post-Lecture Party at Margie Spalding’s home at 749 Cobb Street, Athens, GA 30606-2941.  Cocktails and buffet dinner will be served.  Margie’s home is less than a mile from the Seney-Stovall Chapel.


Dress: Dressy casual

Cost per adult: $45 (Adult beverages included)

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

  • 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.  Phamily Breakfast Meeting at The Georgia Center Hotel.  Topics to be discussed include updates on the Phinizy Lectureship endowment, "Bring Bath Back"...a revitalization of Bath, GA (outside Augusta), and Phin Orleans.  We’ll also again discuss how to improve communications.

Dress:  Casual

Cost per adult: $20 (includes breakfast)

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  • 11:30 a.m.   China Grove Expedition and Barbecue.  After the Phamily meeting, we will check-out of the hotel and then drive in a caravan to the ancestral home of Ferdinand Phinizy near the tiny hamlet of Stephens, GA in Oglethorpe County.  It is an approximate 30 minute drive to China Grove (the Google Maps GPS address is 470 Stephens Salem Rd., Stephens, GA 30667).  We will park adjacent to the site of China Grove (it no longer stands) and discuss the history of Ferdinand Phinizy’s farm.  We also hope to be able to walk to the old Phinizy Graveyard where Ferdinand Phinizy was originally buried before his remains were moved to Augusta.  A BBQ lunch will be served outdoors at China Grove.


Dress: Casual, boots or comfortable walking shoes recommended.  Bring rain gear just in case!

Cost per person: $25 (includes BBQ lunch and Peroni beer!)

  • 2:00 p.m.: Departures and Farewells

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*There will be no charge for Phinizys age 20 and under – so please bring the younger Phinizys with you.  For Phinizys 21 and older, you will only pay for the events you attend.  If you decide to attend all events (which we very much hope you will do), the cost will be $90 per adult to cover all events.

Please make your checks payable to “Phinizy Phamily Phund”.


If you forget to make a reservation for any event that you would like to attend – please still come!  There will be a basket (or something!) for checks/cash at each venue.


*** Very Important !!!  We again would like to ask folks to consider making voluntary donations to the “Phund” to help cover the cost of free attendance for the Younger Phinizys, postage, the phamily database, decorations, etc.  These Phund donations make it possible for us to keep our prices reasonable and still break even.  There is a space on the registration form for voluntary Phund donations.  Thank you for your consideration!

Hotel Information:

We have a block of 15 rooms reserved at The Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel, right in the heart of the UGA campus at 1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602-3603.

The cut-off date to make reservations in the block is Friday, January 25, 2019.  After that date you can still make a reservation at the group rate provided rooms are still available.  Our understanding is multiple events are occurring in Athens that weekend so please make you hotel reservations promptly!

The group rate is $169 for a “Classic” room.

You can make your hotel reservation by calling the Georgia Center at 1-800-884-1381, or through the Georgia Center website using group code 91453.  The name of the block is “Phinizy Lecture”.  If the Georgia Center is full on that date, there are other accommodation options in Athens, but it’s a busy weekend and they fill up very fast.

Here is a link to the Georgia Center website:


So please complete the Registration Form (click here) and mail it with your check payable to “Phinizy Phamily Phund” as soon as possible, but no later than February 11 (if you are receiving this late, please register anyway or you can pay at the door) to:

Mr. Clay Boardman

P.O. Box 3366

Augusta, GA 30914


If you have any questions, please email John Spalding at


We look forward to seeing you in Athens in February!


Your 2019 Phinizy Lecture Planning Committee:  Tootsie Adams, Clay Boardman, Phinizy Calhoun III, Greta Covington, Carter Hagler, Celeste Porter, Elizabeth Spalding, John Spalding, Margie Spalding

In the planning sage:

Phinizy New Orleans - Fall of 2019


A Phinizy Phamily roadtrip to New Orleans has been suggested by Billy Hagler where we could dig into the rich Percy phamily history and some savory creole cuisine.  I am thinking that Fall 2019 would be a great time for Phin Orleans.  I’ve shared Billy’s idea with a handful of cousins, including some Percy/Phinizys and the response has been very enthusiastic.  I think it would be huge phun but would like your feedback.

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