Originally created 08/12/05

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Activities and events for this weekend include:


society gathering: The Augusta Archaeological Society will meet at 8 p.m. at Augusta Technical College, Building 100, Room 111. Dr. Albert Goodyear will be the guest speaker. The meeting is free and open to the public.


DEMOCRATIC PARTY MEETING: The Richmond County Democratic Party will hold a breakfast meeting at 9 a.m. at Augusta Towers Hotel and Convention Center, 2651 Perimeter Parkway. The program will feature Georgia Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor. The buffet costs $11.25. For more information, call 733-0190.

BACK TO SCHOOL PROGRAM: A Back-to-School Jam is scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. at Augusta Common, 836 Reynolds St. The free event includes rides, information booths, games, giveaways, vendors and entertainment. For more information, call 821-1754.

BENEFIT ride: A motorcycle ride for the Connie Maxwell Children's Home will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Winn-Dixie on U.S. Highway 25 in North Augusta. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. The ride will go to the children's home in Greenwood, S.C. The fee is a donation to the home. For more, call 613-1971.

THEATER PRODUCTION: Five Men on a Stool, presented by the Morehouse College Alumni Association, will be performed at 7 p.m. at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 1223 Laney-Walker Blvd. Advance tickets cost $30 or $15 for children ages 18 and younger, and tickets at the door cost $35 for adults or $20 for children. For more information, call 394-2603.


CHURCH CONCERT: The Master's Voice will be in concert at Fountain of Life Fellowship, 2799 Whiskey Road, Aiken, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service. Dinner will be served after the service. The public is invited. For more information, call 645-0041.

Back in time

Today in regional history:

AUG. 12, 1956

Veteran Augusta political observers and officeholders turned "thumbs down" last night on Harry Truman's choice of Averell Harriman as the Democratic presidential nominee.

Of eight qualified opinions gathered by The Chronicle, seven felt that the South would by no means favor Harriman. Some held that Southern Democrats would either back a yet-to-be-named nominee or turn their support toward President Eisenhower and the Republicans.

One person questioned considered the issue too hot to give an opinion. Here is one comment:

Willis Irvin, City Councilman from the Seventh Ward, said:

"The importance of Truman's step is that the United States is made up of thousands of political 'followers' and many Northern politicians will clamor to get on the bandwagon. It will completely separate the Dixie Democrats and probably force the South to go Republican and vote for Ike again ... I'm not surprised at the action by Truman, however."


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