From Emory News: "Atlanta-based urban photographer Chip Simone is the first guest in the "Atlanta Intersections" speaker series at Emory University's Robert W. Woodruff Library on Tuesday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Room. Simone will be in conversation with Randy Gue, curator of Modern Political and Historical collections at Emory'sManuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL), who is directing the series. The conversation, free and open to the public, is entitled "Photography: The Beautiful Lie." Atlanta Intersections will feature conversations with creative and dynamic Atlantans about the city's past, present and future. The interdisciplinary series will draw a wide variety of participants — activists, artists, authors, foodies, historians, musicians, scholars, preservationists and urbanists — to talk about their work, their experiences of the city, and the influence of Atlanta on their work.
From Melissa Forgey at the DeKalb History Center: How it all started - The Story of The Champion At the DeKalb History Center's March 18 Lunch & Learn, Carolyn Glenn will tell the story behind the newspaper she publishes with her husband, Earl Glenn. There's a sign on the wall in Carolyn Glenn's office at The Champion that reads, "All because two people fell in love." That's the short version of what is actually one of the most compelling stories in Georgia newspaper history.
From Melissa Forgey: Donations needed for our Silent Auction. Help us celebrate our 67th Anniversary! Our annual meeting includes a silent auction which benefits the History Center. Please consider donating goods or services to this annual event. As a donor, you will be recognized on our website and newsletter, and your donation(s) will be listed in the event program and the bid sheets. Previous donations have included: tickets, golf packages, dinner certificates, art, jewelry, hotel stays, special tours, professional services, fitness opportunities and more.
From Jenny Goldemund at the DeKalb History Center: The DeKalb History Center presents Shadows of the Past: 1861-1865 during the Civil War. Dear Educator, If you teach Civil War history, this is an important event for you. In March 2014 the DeKalb History Center will premier a play based on Georgia Performance Standards for 5th, 8th and 11 grades. It is about the Atlanta Campaign, the Battle of Atlanta and DeKalb County during the Civil War. Using primary sources, this play speaks to your students in the voices of the people who lived here during the war.
From Melissa Forgey at DeKalb History Center: After the Bungalow, Before the Ranch: The Small American House Phenomenon, 1920s - 1950s. At the DeKalb History Center's January 21 "Lunch & Learn," architectural historian Richard Cloues will present After the Bungalow, Before the Ranch: The Small American House Phenomenon, 1920s-1950s.
[For our history buffs. Reposted from 2010 by request.] Thanks to MANA for pointing out the 1983 map posted to the Atlanta Time Machine site. It shows the proposed extension for the Stone Mountain Freeway. It runs from its current terminus at Lawrenceville Highway all the way to Clairmont Road through the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve, Medlock Park, and Mason Mill Park along South Fork Peachtree Creek.
From Jenny Goldemund: Reporting on 1850: A Tour of the Swanton House and a Pioneer Cabin. Go back to the year 1850 and become reporters who interview people from the past in order to write a newspaper article about them. Visit the cabin of Zenith Twilley, a free African-American woman who lived in DeKalb county in 1850. Learn about her life and daily struggles working as a weaver, seamstress and washer-woman. Help Ms. Twilley with her work washing and mending clothes.
From Melissa Forgey of the DeKalb History Center: The Assassination of a President. This Lunch and Learn reflects on a grim anniversary. Historian Jennifer Richardson will guide you through the events of November 22 - 25 from the assassination to the funeral of President John F. Kennedy. One fact is undisputed: on November 22, 1963, President Kennedy was killed. What else do you know about that day? Along the way, you will learn about the Warren Commission, the magic bullet theory, the hundreds of books written on the subject in the last 50 years, Oliver Stone's movie, and the scores of reasonable and ludicrous conspiracy theories. Finally, what have we learned about the impact on our society by the assassination from a perspective of 50 years? Bring your memories and bring your questions. Leave with a fuller understanding of one of the most tragic events in the twentieth century. The lecture will take place at noon. Come an hour earlier (11:00 a.m.) to view Richardson's extensive collection of assassination memorabilia.
From Melissa Forgey at the DeKalb History Center: Nationally renowned Georgia artist and historian Wilbur G. Kurtz launched his career by founding the Pen and Brush Club of Atlanta in 1913. The transplanted Yankee quickly became a premier authority on Old South Atlanta-Margaret Mitchell personally selected Kurtz as technical advisor and artistic director for Gone with the Wind. A co-founder of the Civil War Round Table of Atlanta, Kurtz supervised the placement of more than four hundred historical markers in northeast Georgia documenting various stages of the Atlanta Campaign of 1864. Decades after his passing in 1967 at the age of eighty-five, Kurtz's legacy lives on through his murals and historic paintings on display in public buildings and private art collections throughout Atlanta and the South. Join author David O'Connell as he recounts the fascinating life and vibrant works of Georgia's preeminent artist-historian.
From Melissa Forgey: Volunteer! Books for Sale! Visit our Exhibits! Esp. the Ranch House Exhibit!