Thanks to the tireless efforts of Arleen McGinn all but one of the past issues of The Gaither Connection have been added to the Gaither website. We are searching high and low for the Spring 1988 edition. If you have it, we'd like to borrow it. This brings the number of issues posted on the website to over 60 that have been continuously published since the Society was founded in 1984. There is a treasure trove of information and interesting stories in the newsletters. Past issues of The Gaither Connection are available only to paid members of the Society.
Interesting tidbits from past issues include:
- Biographical sketches, histories, and photographs of prominent Gaithers
- A listing of the 70 Gaithers that served during the Revolutionary War
- Read about the report filed by Pat Garrett, Customs Agent and the alleged killer of Billy the Kid, about engaging in "fisticuffs" with George M. Gaither in 1903 on the streets of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
- Net membership increased by 14% to 293 in 1985, with a whopping 73 in North Carolina, followed by 29 in Indiana, 19 each in California and Texas. Find out when membership topped over 400.
- Incoming SGJD president Rowan Gaither, an attorney with the U.S. Department of State, implored members to "obtain as much information from your elders as possible" and to "record it in a format that can be preserved."
- Touring the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and hearing from gospel music legends Bill and Gloria Gaither during the 1989 Reunion
- How the efforts of Benjamin Gaither changed the named of Log Town (c. 1765) to Gaithersburg in Maryland after he arrived in 1802, surveyed his tract of land he called "Self Preservation" and built his home, tavern-store, and blacksmith shop
- The unpublished papers of George Riggs Gaither regaling stories of Ralph de Gader from 11th-century England.
To read the past issues, click on The Gaither Connection in the black band at the top of any page.