Author Steve Davis takes another look at Confederate General John B. Hood in the Battle of Atlanta and what we’ve learned since the Centennial. Dr. Davis has been a Civil War buff since fourth grade and is a popular speaker on this subject. Soldiers from Lumpkin County participated in the Battle of Atlanta in State Guard and Militia Units.
Stay after the program to chat with the author who will have his books available for sale.
7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 9, 2017
Community House, 111 North Park Street
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Lumpkin County Library marks its 100th anniversary this year. Diane Bates, President of the Friends of the Lumpkin County Library, will speak on the history of our library.
Library patrons may have noticed the corner fireplace (a fireplace? in a library?) with a portrait of a man hanging above it. What many people may not know is his name, and why his picture hangs there.
We welcome everyone to join us to hear how our library was born, and how it has grown from a few donated books in 1917 to its present size – and a bonus look into the future – a proposed larger, more diversified library building, now in the planning stages.
Our annual business meeting will be in the first month of 2017.
Annual Dues are payable in January
7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 12, 2017
Community House, 111 North Park Street
Dan Roper, publisher and editor of Georgia Backroads, has spent the past twenty years on a personal quest to try and solve the mystery of the tragic death of Beulah Buchanan, a 12-year-old girl who died under mysterious circumstances in Floyd County, GA, on Thanksgiving Day, 1917. The story includes a bit about child labor in textile mills, but mainly focuses on the mystery of her demise.
The Georgia Backroads magazine focuses on the unique heritage and culture found throughout Georgia. Many of Dan’s stories are unique in that they tend to tell a small story within the context of a larger one. Dan has also published several books and over 80 articles on Georgia history and travel.
The location of our program this Thursday evening has been changed from the Dahlonega Community House to the Lumpkin County Park and Recreation building located at 365 Riley Road in Dahlonega. Our program by the Georgia Pick and Bow students will still take place at 7 pm. We apologize for this late change and we hope to see everyone there.
Intermediate and advanced students from the Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School will be sharing traditional and bluegrass music with us, and provide the opportunity to learn more about this after-school program that renders affordable lessons in fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin and bass to local youngsters.
Now in its 10th year, the local non-profit organization serves over 100 students a year and employs about a dozen instructors teaching at three sites during the school year and at its week-long summer day camp. Student have been invited to play for local clubs and organizations, at festivals and before state-wide audiences at concerts and meetings, and recently visited Bristol, Tenn., for a 20-minute set on a weekly radio show/showcase there.
What’s a Canning Plant? A Look at the History of Community Canning by Board member Sharon Thomason, local resident, realtor, and author, will present a program entitled, “Plants since the 1930s.” One of her earliest memories is of playing in a closed canning plant in the 1950s in Sweet Water, Alabama.
Dahlonega’s cannery is next door to the Historical Society’s 1884 Jail Museum. It was built so that canning equipment could be shared by the women of Dahlonega to preserve the fruits and vegetables of their harvest.
Thursday, August 11, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
The Community House, 111 North Park St.
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The popular Show and Tell program is back. This is an opportunity for everyone to bring in one or two items of historical interest and share their stories with the group. Items will be displayed on tables with your name and a brief description. You will have time during the program to tell about them and for folks to take a closer look at the end of the program.
Our Show & Tell programs have had a wide variety of fascinating items brought in, from beautiful dresses, straight razors to flags, bells and books. Blow the dust off of those family heirlooms or interesting artifacts and bring them in.
Thursday, July 14, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Community House, 111 North Park St.
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Dr. Bill Witherspoon, "Geology, Gold and the Making of Georgia," 2 part program @ 5:30 and 7 pm, Thurs. June 9th.
Dr. Witherspoon's program will show the science behind how Dahlonega's gold belt was created from its beginnings with volcanic activity to the settling of nuggets in streams. Insights borrowed from historians show how Georgia's Gold Rush fostered its industry and helped give it a different character than other neighboring states. Bill Witherspoon, a noted geologist who is retired from the Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta, has co-authored the book "Roadside Geology of Georgia," now in its second printing. Copies of Dr. Witherspoon's book will be available for purchase and signing upon the conclusion of the program.
This program will consist of two parts.
Part one, we will meet at the Yahoola Creek Park tennis courts [map] parking lot at 5:30 pm. From there, the group will hike up to the open quarry on top of the hill where the exposed rock face will be explained in geologic terms by Dr. Witherspoon. In case of inclement weather, the outdoor portion of the program will be cancelled and the program will begin at 7 pm.
Part two of the program will begin at 7 pm in the Dahlonega Community House [map].
We welcome Dr. Witherspoon to Dahlonega once again, and the public is invited to attend this exciting program
This will be a joint meeting with the Blue Ridge Archaeology Guild.
60 Years of the Lumpkin County Historical Society by Chris Worick; Thurs, 12 May, 7 pm @ Community House
On May 11th, 1956, the first meeting of the newly established Lumpkin County Historical Society took place in the 1836 courthouse. During the next sixty years, the society has continued to grow, and has contributed to the preservation of Lumpkin County’s rich history. Join us for this fascinating look into how the Historical Society got its start and the challenges it has faced over the years.