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Civil War Walking Tours at the DeKalb History Center

Civil War Walking Tours at the DeKalb History Center
 
Have you ever wanted to know more about the effects of the war on the citizens of this area? Experience the war through the eyes of the people who lived through the battle, the siege of Atlanta, and the surrender and occupation. This one-hour tour includes an exhibit at the DeKalb History Center and a walk in downtown Decatur.
Meet in lobby at Historic Courthouse in Decatur (101 East Court Square)
Friday November 13 at 3 p.m.
 

Oral History Lunch & Learn July 21

The DeKalb History Center is having another lunch and learn event on July 21The Where, When and How of Doing Our Own Oral Histories

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Civil War walking tours

From Jenny Goldemund of the DeKalb History Center: Join us for guided Civil War walking tours in downtown Decatur. The hour-long tour begins in the Lobby of the Historic DeKalb Courthouse and complements our new exhibit, Tears and Curses: A Human Perspective on the Civil War. You will learn about the early history of the county, the effects of the war on the civilian population in DeKalb, the Atlanta campaign, and the Battle of Decatur. Various Dates and Times (click here for complete list):

History of the word Toco

From Andy Johnston in the AJC: "... Toco came from Clyde Shepherd, a developer who was the man behind the shopping center. He built airbases in Brazil in World War II, where he learned the word from an Indian cook, who would say it to him. Toco, he found out, means something like, “have better luck than you think you’ll have.” So when he built the shopping center, he named it Toco Hill, combining the phrase and an actual hill that once stood on the land....."  [Read more.]

History of Agnes Scott College

Event Date and Time: 
11/18/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

From Melissa Forgey for the DeKalb History Center: Lunch & Learn: The History of Agnes Scott College - 125 Years of Educating Women in Decatur. Our November Lunch and Learn highlights a Decatur institution which is celebrating its 125th anniversary. In 1889, a group of men from Decatur Presbyterian Church decided that Decatur needed a better school for its girls. In a two-month whirlwind of activity, they found teachers and a rented building for the elementary school they called Decatur Female Seminary. A year later, George Washington Scott stepped up to provide land and construct and furnish a building, and gave the school his mother's name. Over the next 15 years, the school gradually developed from an elementary school, to a high school, to a college.

Civil War Walking Tours

From the Dekalb History Center: Join us for guided Civil War walking tours in downtown Decatur. The hour-long tour begins in the Lobby of the Historic DeKalb Courthouse and complements our new exhibit, Tears and Curses: A Human Perspective on the Civil War. You will learn about the early history of the county, the effects of the war on the civilian population in DeKalb, the Atlanta campaign, and the Battle of Decatur.  Various Dates and Times (click here for complete list):

DeKalb History Center's History Adventure School Days

Event Date and Time: 
10/21/2014 (All day) - 10/24/2014 (All day)

From the DeKalb History Center: the DeKalb History Center's HISTORY ADVENTURE School Days, Oct. 21-24, 2014. 404-373-1088 ext 20  www.dekalbhistory.org

July events at DeKalb History Center

From Melissa Forgey at DeKalb History Center: Courthouse Rock: African Rhythms   (Children's program); Lunch & Learn -- Images of America: East Atlanta (book talk); Reception and play on the Civil War.

DeKalb History Center summer programs

From Jenny Goldemund : The games Granny played; Gourds galore and chores of yore; Fiddlin' Dan the Mountain Man; Summer camp in June - Frontier House in 1850.

Swanton House fundraiser

Event Date and Time: 
05/08/2014 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm

From Jenny Goldemund of the DeKalb History Center: You're invited to the Spring for Swanton! Fundraiser.  Please join us for a living history tour, a heavy Hors d'Oeuvres buffet and music to help raise funds for repairing and preserving the Benjamin Swanton House.  When: THURSDAY, May 8, 2014, From 5:30-8:30 p.m. Where: The Swanton House and Mary Gay House, 720 West Trinity Place, Decatur, GA 30030. What: Tours are at 5:45 and 6:30 at the Swanton House.

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