At a recent Pulaski Club of Williamsburg luncheon, the club presented a John Zakharov watercolor to the Williamsburg Historic Records Association. The watercolor belonged to Robert Kyger, a member of the club in the 1920s and '30s and was passed on to his nephew, Willard Gilley, longtime resident and Williamsburg native. The watercolor depicts the rear of the Cole Shop on Duke of Gloucester Street where the club formerly met. Pictured (from left): Jay Gaidmore, Marian and Alan McLeod Director of the Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary; Terry Meyers, Chancellor Professor of English and president of the Williamsburg Historic Records Association; Willard Gilley, Pulaski Club senior member and sergeant-at-arms; (seated) Channing Hall, Pulaski Club president; and James Gilley, son of Willard Gilley. The Pulaski Club is a venerable Williamsburg institution dating from 1779, when George Washington was said to remark that something should be done to honor the memory of Count Casimir Pulaski. The club is very much alive and well and members can usually be found on Thursday afternoons in front of the weaver's shop on Duke of Gloucester Street discussing a wide range of topics and solving the world's problems. WHRA materials are at the Swem Library and focus on Williamsburg in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
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