Pioneer Breakfast to celebrate Warner Robins’ 70th anniversary

February 6, 2013 

If you have lived in Warner Robins for the past 50 years or more, there is a very special event in March that you won’t want to miss. Mark your calendar now for the 70th Anniversary Pioneer Breakfast to be held 9-11 a.m. March 6 at the Wellston Center on Maple Street. This is the second public event of the Warner Robins Heritage Society promised in May 2012 when it first announced its plan and mission to host heritage events throughout the year.

Those events include collecting oral histories from longtime residents, photo identification meetings and artifact identification meetings. The Pioneer Breakfast will bring together pioneer residents of the city to share breakfast and time to reflect on the way things used to be here in the city. The timing is perfect because Warner Robins was officially renamed from Wellston on March 5, 1943, almost 70 years ago to the day.

The breakfast will be a birthday celebration as much as an opportunity to honor those particular residents who have lived here for 50 years or more. Attendees also will be given the opportunity to sign up for a future interview to capture their recollections on video recordings to be archived in the Nola Brantley Memorial Library and the developing Elberta Train Depot heritage museum on Armed Forces Boulevard. The recordings will be available for the public to view and learn firsthand what it was like to live in Wellston and Warner Robins in its early years.

“The more people know about our rich past, the better it is for our community and future generations,” said Art Howard, chairman of the Warner Robins Heritage Society. In fact, the mission statement of the organization is “anchor the future to honor our past.”

American author, historian and broadcaster Studs Terkel described such interviews by saying “in their rememberings are the truths.” Terkel is best known for his long-running radio broadcasts from Chicago. He died in 2008, leaving volumes of interviews and commentary of life in America.

Tickets are $5 each for the 70th Anniversary Pioneer Breakfast, and an RSVP is required. Register at the E.L. Greenway Welcome Center historic train depot, located at the corner of Watson Boulevard and Armed Forces Boulevard (formerly known as First Street), directly in front of the main gate to Robins Air Force Base. The hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The cutoff date to register is Feb. 27.

• The Warner Robins Community Concert Association presents its second concert of the year Sunday at First Methodist Church, 205 North Davis Drive in Warner Robins. The 8th Regiment Band, Georgia Volunteer Infantry of Rome will perform original band scores and authentically styled arrangements on mid-19th century instruments. The band also dresses in Union Blue and performs as the Band of the 8th New York National Guard. The group is well known for its performances at re-enactments, balls, concerts, memorial services and several made-for-television movies.

Individual tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. Students of all ages are free of charge. The concert is at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of the church. To learn more about the Warner Robins Community Concert Association, visit wrconcert.org.

Marsha Priest Buzzell is executive director of the Warner Robins Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, contact her at 922-5100 or wrga.gov.

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