Friends of Historic Jekyll Island Friends of Historic Jekyll Island
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Friends of Historic Jekyll Island

Preserving Our History

Founded in 1987, Friends of Historic Jekyll Island (FOHJI) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Jekyll Island, its natural and historic heritage.

In its early years, members were heavily involved in “hands on” work in the Historic District. In recent years the emphasis has shifted to financial support of preservation projects undertaken by the Jekyll Island Authority and to sponsoring educational programs and initiatives. Funds for projects are generated through membership dues, bequests, and fundraising events (particularly the Annual Dinner at the Club and the Annual Auction).



NOVEMBER PROGRAM:  “An Evening With William Horton”

Dr. Jim McKenna (aka William Horton) is a Professor Emeritus of Agronomy having taught at Virginia Tech for 20 years.  He taught Agricultural History, and he served as Department Head of Crop and Soil Science there. He has traveled the world to assist farmers in many countries including China, South Africa, Mali, Brazil, South Sudan, and Dominican Republic.


If you missed the October program, it can be viewed on YouTube: 

Thank you to our videographer Samuel Marshall.

OCTOBER PROGRAM:    Sapelo Island presented by Robin White

Robin White moved to St Simons Island in 2014, Robin began volunteering with the Coastal Georgia Historical Society, St Simons Land Trust, and the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.  She serves on the board of The Friends of Sapelo where she serves as the Docent Coordinator for the RJ Reynolds Mansion.  In addition, she works part time at the Jekyll Island Guest Information Center where she enjoys sharing her love of Jekyll Island with visitors from all over the country. 


SEPTEMBER PROGRAM:  "The Bridgebuilder: The Maurice Family and Hollybourne Cottage" presented by Bonnie Householder                       

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April 15, 2021, a marker honoring the Friends of Historic Jekyll Island was unveiled in the Historic District.  Taylor Davis, preservationist, did the honors. 

FOHJI President Rita Thompson delivered some remarks to those gathered for the event.


Taylor Davis, historic preservationist; Rita Thompson, FOHJI president;
Andrea Marroquin, curator; Michael Scott, director of historic resources.



          Proceeds from the 2021auction go towards the Centennial Celebration of the Tiffany window in Faith Chapel and the Baker-Crane Carriage House restoration project.


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