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                                 Historic Mobile Preservation Society

                              Bravery & Beauty
    Volume 41, Issue 1        Bravery & Beauty was a            field sipped his first mint        juleps and savoring deli-
     November 2009            rousing success! The mint         julep on Oakleigh's ve-            cious food.
                              julep party and silent auc-       randa. Later, he would
                              tion boasted record atten-        reminisce, "The bravery            According to HMPS
Inside this issue:            dance and raised funds            and beauty of Mobile               Board member Sam
                              and community support                                                Gadd, who coordinated
                              for the work of the His-                                             the event, dozens of area
Haunted Oakleigh         2    toric Mobile Preservation                                            businesses donated goods
                              Society. Guests filled the                                           and services for the auc-
                              antebellum mansion and                                               tion. Local artists also
Oakleigh Belles          2                                                                         showed their support for
                              spilled out onto the lawn.
                              The jovial air lingered                                              historic preservation by
Become A Partner         2    well into the evening. The                                           donating their works.
                              festive event commemo-                                               “This is what you call a
                                                                "The bravery and beauty of         ‘working board’” com-
                              rates the 1877 visit to           Mobile were there."
Brave Scouts             3    Oakleigh by (then) Ohio                   James A. Garfield (1877)
                                                                                                   mented Martha LoCicero
                              Congressman and retired                                              as she quietly guided fel-
                              (Union) Major General             were there." And so, once          low board members and
Plan A Visit             3                                                                         HMPS volunteers
                              James A. Garfield who             again, the brave and beau-
                              would soon become our             tiful have returned to             through the bustle that
                              20th President. As the            Oakleigh to mingle with            night. And work they did,
“What’s It Worth”        3
                              guest of T.K. Irwin, Gar-         neighbors while sipping            with passion and purpose.
                                                                                                   Just wait until next year!

                              Historic Preservation: Our Passion!
                              Dear Friends,                     the Mobile Historic Develop-       We are having an incredible,
Coming Attractions:                                             ment Commission and the            productive year. For example,
                              Historic Mobile Preservation
                                                                City of Mobile to support          the Oakleigh complex has
 “What’s It Worth”            Society (HMPS) is alive, well
                                                                community preservation.            been spruced up, inside and
                              and flourishing. Your new
    (airing on Fox 10)                                          HMPS is represented on the         out. New flooring has been
                              board took office in late May.
                                                                newly reconstituted Barton         installed throughout much of
  November 11th & 12th        We immediately embarked on
                                                                Preservation Committee.            the first floor, thanks to the
                              a mission to rekindle those
Christmas at Oakleigh         important ties to each historic
                                                                Keeping Barton Academy in          city. Trim was painted and
                                                                the forefront of preservation      windows replaced and glazed.
    December 5th & 6th        neighborhood and organiza-
                                                                and restoration is essential.      City groundskeepers have
                              tion. Currently we are in dia-
Historic Homes Tour                                             You can count on HMPS to           taken the gardens in hand. A
                              logue with Old Dauphin Way.
 March 19h & 20h , 2010                                         be a proactive voice.                            (Continued on page 3)
                              We are also reaching out to
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                                Haunted Oakleigh
                                Hailing from all over the city,    rowing tales. The vignettes         other supporting roles
                                more than 500 Mobilians            called upon local legends and       throughout the three night
                                recently experienced a night of    actual historical events associ-    event. Even neighborhood
                                suspense, mystery and intrigue     ated with the property to stir      children got in on the act.
                                during Haunted Oakleigh.           the imaginations of both
                                                                                                       Proceeds from Haunted Oak-
                                Even the driving downpour          young and old.
                                                                                                       leigh will support projects at
                                last Thursday evening
                                                                   The Drama Department from           Oakleigh including support
                                (October 22) did not deter the
                                                                   the University of South Ala-        for our Belles and their activi-
                                crowds. Guests prowled and
                                                                   bama provided the artistic          ties. HMPS appreciates such a
                                snooped all over the shadowy
                                                                   direction, amazing props and        “frightful” response by our
                                Oakleigh Complex. Their
                                                                   special effects, as well as ac-     friends, neighbors, and part-
                                journey unfolded like a sus-
                                                                   tors. Oakleigh's own Belles         ners. Many thanks to all!
                                pense-filled novel telling har-
                                                                   served as actresses and in

                                Become a Partner Today!
    “Oakleigh is                When you become an HMPS
                                partner you join a broad-based
                                                                   bership for just $50/year.
                                                                   Various levels of membership
                                                                                                       Oakleigh Gift Shop and at
                                                                                                       HMPS special events. As an
     the front                  community effort that’s com-
                                mitted to making sure that
                                                                   are also available, including
                                                                   Corporate Memberships. As
                                                                                                       added benefit, you are eligible
                                                                                                       for discounted registration to

      porch of                  Mobile’s distinctive charm
                                flavors the 21st Century.
                                                                   our partner in historic preser-
                                                                   vation you will receive news
                                                                                                       the annual National Trust for
                                                                                                       Historic Preservation confer-
                                Membership is within every-        and announcements regarding         ence. Don’t delay, call
     Mobile.”                   one’s reach. Even the young-       a variety of activities: educa-     251.432.6161 to become our
                                est students may join for just     tional, social and civic. Enjoy     partner in historic preserva-
                 Al Stokes      $10/year. Individuals can          complimentary admission to          tion.
                                enroll, beginning at a modest      Oakleigh Historic Complex
                                                                                                       Click here to download on-
                                $35/year. Families of any size     year-round. You are also eligi-
                                                                                                       line membership form.
                                can enjoy the benefits of mem-     ble for exclusive discounts in

                                Oakleigh Belles: Exceptional Girls Bring History to Life
                                 The Oakleigh Belles program,       also serve as hostesses for spe-    ams Trufant. “Because the
                                 which began in 2008, is de-        cial events including Haunted       Oakleigh Belles interact with
                                 signed to initiate high-school     Oakleigh, Christmas at Oak-         the public, our girls must be
                                 girls as guides of the Oakleigh    leigh, and the Mobile Historic      outgoing, poised, and have
                                 Historic Complex and the           Homes Tour. Additionally,           excellent communication
                                 Museum of Mobile, as well as       they have some fun activities       skills. It helps, too, if they
                                 allowing them to serve as am-      including picnics and parties       have a passion for history!”
                                 bassadors for the Historic         at the Oakleigh Mansion.
     Belles get acquainted                                                                              Interviews take place each
                                 Mobile Preservation Society.
    during their introduction                                        “We have girls from all over       January. Girls interested in
   to the Oakleigh Complex.      They are selected annually in a
                                                                    the Mobile area. Our Belles         becoming an Oakleigh Belle
                                 competitive interview setting.
                                                                    are very active in their schools    are encouraged to contact
                                 The girls, dressed in authentic    and are required to maintain a      Sally Adams Trufant. Her
                                 late 1800’s period dresses,        cumulative B average,” reports      email address is:
                                 make special appearances for       Historic Mobile Preservation
                                 activities related to tourism      Society board member and
                                 and civic presentations. Belles    Belle coordinator, Sally Ad-
Volume 41, Issue 1                                                                                                                 Page 3

What’s It Worth
Two years ago a chalk, ink,        palm and a finger print that      you have an opportunity to
and pencil sketch of a young       are an exact match for prints     ask the experts, “Is great
woman sold at auction for the      attributed to Leonardo da         grandmother’s lamp really a
remarkable sum of                        Vinci on another work       Tiffany or just an aged knock-
$19,000. Until recently                  housed in the Vatican       off brand?” WALA-Fox 10 is
the portrait was credited                museum. Art experts tell    sponsoring an exciting event
to a 19th century Ger-                   the current owner that      called, “What’s It Worth”, so
man artist. Unfortu-                     the portrait is valued at   bring your treasures (or trin-
                                                                                                       Some of our brave scouts strike a
nately, the previous                     greater than $150 mil-      kets) to Oakleigh on Novem-
                                                                                                       pose with President Garfield after
owner did not know its                   lion. Maybe you have an     ber 11th and 12th from 8 a.m.     the party.
real worth! A forensic                   antique or piece of art     until 4 p.m. For more event
expert using 21st cen-                   that makes you wonder,      details, call 251.432.6161.            Brave Scouts
tury science discovered a                “What’s it worth?” Now      Professional appraisers will be
                                                                     on hand to give you an an-        As Bravery & Beauty wound
                                                                     swer. Your                        down, a group of uniformed
               Oakleigh House                                        donation of                       young men appeared at the
                                                                     $2 per item                       door. After a word of welcome
                     Hours of Operation
                                                                     appraised, is                     and a few introductions they
         Monday-Wednesday: by appointment                            a charitable                      were escorted to the formal
            Thursday: 10:00AM-4:00PM                                 gift that                         dining room to enjoy some
              Friday: 10:00AM-4:00PM                                 benefits the                      refreshments. Their identity
             Saturday: 10:00AM-4:00PM                                work of Pene-                     was not so much a mystery as
              Sunday: 1:00PM-4:00PM                                  lope House                        was the purpose behind their
                                                                     and the His-                      presence. Party goers appeared
                  Tours on the hour.                                 toric Mobile                      a tad puzzled as they offered
      Last tour begins one hour prior to closing.                    Preservation                      the boys a warm smile or a
                                                                     Society.                          kind nod.
                     General Admission:
                           $7 for adults                             Viewers can                       At the stroke of nine o’clock
                   $3 for children and students                      also tune in                      members of Boy Scout Troop
                   $5/person for groups of 10+                       to Fox 10 for                     227 shifted into action. They
     Discounts for Seniors, AAA, Veterans & Active Military          live broadcasts from Oakleigh.    volunteered their service to
                                                                     Who knows what you might          make sure that Oakleigh was
            Call 251.432.6161 for information                        discover?                         ready to receive touring guests
                                                                                                       the following morning. Tables
                                                                                                       were stacked and stowed. Lin-
                                                                                                       ens were gathered and shaken
                                                                                                       out. As each task was com-
(Continued from Page 1)                                                                                pleted a scout would ask where
                                                                                                       he might be put to use. Before
horticulturist is guiding our      documents concerning Barton       joy, why not come and join us     long the tables had been
efforts at improving the           and other historic buildings.     on the front porch and sit a      cleared for the caterer and a
grounds. Area youth are fast       What a wealth of information!     spell!                            couple of boys stationed them-
becoming partners with                                                                                 selves at the sink and took
                                   Bravery and Beauty was a re-                                        charge of washing platters and
HMPS. (See related articles.)
                                   sounding success and there’s                                        serving pieces. “These boys are
The Minnie Mitchell Archives       much more to come!                                                  remarkable!” was oft repeated.
responds to inquiries from all                                                                         Yes they are! Several are now
                                   Al Stokes, the mayor’s Chief
over the United States. Re-                                          Martha S. LoCicero, M.D.          exploring possible Eagle Scout
                                   of Staff, recently remarked
cently Mrs. Lewis Brasell,                                                                             service projects in partnership
                                   that the Oakleigh Complex is      President, HMPS
(Lois) entrusted the archives                                                                          with HMPS. Be Prepared for
                                   the “front porch of Mobile”.
with some of her late hus-                                                                             more scouting service.
                                   With so much activity to en-
bands writing, pictures, and
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