EFFINGHAM — When retired social studies teacher and local historian Delaine Donaldson began marking city and county milestones with local history presentations midway through the last decade, he thought the interest would begin and end with those events.
But Donaldson was in for a surprise. Programs marking the Effingham city sesquicentennial in 2004 and the Effingham County Terquasquicentennial in 2006 sparked a renewed interest among local historians to tell more stories. Consequently, local historians continue to organize a seasonal series of history presentations from November through March.
First up this season is a presentation about Griffin Tipsword, the first white man to settle in what is now Effingham County. Tipsword descendant Charla Fischbach is scheduled to speak about her ancestor at 7 p.m. Thursday in the first floor meeting room at the Effingham County Museum, also known as the old courthouse.