[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!
A few years ago, the DeKalb History Center and commissioner Jeff Rader organized a presentation on the ranch house in DeKalb. A document with the same title was apparently put together at the same time by Rebecca Crawford. It has very interesting photos and historical information on the development of DeKalb. Thanks to Carol Hayes for posting the link on the Laurel Ridge neighborhood listserv.
From Melissa Forgey: Civil War, Exhibits, Storytelling.
From Melissa Forgey, DeKalb History Center: Help Historic Preservation in DeKalb County. DeKalb County requests applicants for a volunteer position on the DeKalb County Historic Preservation Commission. Applicant must have been a resident of DeKalb County for at least one year and, although no specific professional background is required for this particular position, a member must have demonstrated special interest, experience, or education in the preservation of historic resources, history, or architecture. This is an unpaid position. For information, please c
From Melissa Forgey, DeKalb History Center: March Lunch & Learn - Decatur 202 Presented by Walt Drake. "Decatur 202" is a continuation of the Decatur 101 lecture he gave to the History Center in September 2010. Walt will focus on businesses, events and politics during the period of 1950-2000. He will also present profiles of some of the leaders, merchants, educators, sports figures and general characters who made their mark on Decatur. How did Decatur get to where it is today? Drake will continue exploring that "forty year overnight miracle!"
From Melisa Fogey: Donations needed for our Silent Auction. Help us celebrate the DeKalb History Center's 66th 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.