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posted Sep 24, 2020, 9:47 PM by Admin Lumpkin

The latest issue - vol 54, Oct 2020 - of the Now and Then Newsletter is now available: click here

100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment by Robbie Niles; Thurs., Mar. 12 @ 7pm

posted Feb 22, 2020, 10:29 PM by Manny Carvalho

Robbie Niles presents the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendement. One hundred years ago, on August 26, 1920, an amendment was made to the Constitution of the United States  guaranteeing women the right to vote. Namely: "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."

The women of Lumpkin County were no shrinking violets. By all accounts, they were well aware of what was happening elsewhere, but their opinions didn’t make the news.  This presentation reiterates the highlights well known to most of us of the suffragists’ efforts to attain full rights of citizenship by having a voice in issues that affect all citizens, including women, through voting. 

Come and bring a friend.

Thursday, March 12 • 7:00 p.m.
The Community House, 111 North Park St.

SOAPSTONE and its early uses in Lumpkin County by Chris Worick; Thu., 13 Feb, 7pm @ Community House

posted Feb 4, 2020, 11:18 PM by Manny Carvalho

Chris Worick presents SOAPSTONE and its early uses in Lumpkin County 

Dating back to antiquity, soapstone has been recognized as one of the most abundant resources found throughout the world. Due to its relative softness, soapstone has been used for centuries in many applications. Native American people used soapstone for a variety of items such as pipes, cooking bowls,and ceremonial objects.The first settlers of Lumpkin County found not only gold, but also soapstone in abundance. Easily recognized by its distinctive gray-green color and often shiny appearance, soapstone was preferred by our early settlers because it was found in abundance and could be easily cut into workable sections or blocks. 

Many pioneers used soapstone in their fireplace hearths because of its heat retaining properties and durability. Today, the most obvious reminders of soapstone’s extensive use can be found in our cemeteries and headstones throughout Lumpkin County.

 Thursday, February 13 • 7:00 p.m. • The Community House, 111 North Park St.

Come and bring a friend.

ANNUAL MEETING • PROGRAM • RECEPTION Thursday, January 9, 2020  •  7:00 p.m.

posted Dec 28, 2019, 10:17 PM by Manny Carvalho

January is the time we hold our brief annual meeting where we conduct the business of the Society, including the year’s financial report and election of Officers and Directors.

Following the business meeting Chris Worick will present THE DAUGHTERS OF "DEVIL DAN" – In the last few weeks of 1919, the Buffalo Motion Picture Corporation set up shop in Dahlonega, and filmed several scenes around Lumpkin County for the silent movie, The Daughter of “Devil Dan.” The original movie starred Irma Harrison and Kemper Greene. It debuted in 1921 and was shown in theaters across the country.

Fellowship and refreshments will follow the program.

The Community House, 111 North Park St.
Please come early and bring a finger food for the refreshments table.

Annual Dues are payable in January.

History and Archaeology at Scull Shoals Mill Town by Jack Wynn; Thur. 14 Nov. @ 7 pm, Community House.

posted Nov 7, 2019, 8:47 AM by Manny Carvalho

On Thursday night, November 14, Dr. Jack Wynn will present “History and Archaeology at Scull Shoals Mill Town, Greene County” to the Lumpkin County Historical Society in the Community House.   The history of Scull Shoals included nearly 100 years of frontier defense, paper and cotton milling, fire, droughts and flooding, ended by a devastating flood in 1887. 

Personalities such at Dr. Thomas Poullain and Dr. Lindsey Durham dominated and influenced the town, and included hotelier and healer Agnes Paschal, who later moved to Auraria as an influential figure in the gold rush era. 

Dr. Wynn served as Forest Archaeologist for the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests from 1979-2000, and was involved in historical, archaeological and genealogical research on the old mill village for much of that time.  He directed Passport In Time archaeological investigations there from 1997-2003, writing the project report in 2006.  He presented papers on the Scull Shoals project in Ottawa, Canada, and in Georgia.  He helped found the non-profit Friends of Scull Shoals, Inc. in 1996, and they held 19th Century craft festivals at the site for several years.  

Visitors are welcome

Lost Towns of North Georgia by Lisa Russel on Thurs., Oct. 10, 7pm @ Community House

posted Sep 25, 2019, 1:29 PM by Manny Carvalho

Throughout the northern part of our state lie forgotten remains of many short lived communities. Lisa Russel has done extensive research locating these small towns.  Since documenting how many towns have been lost to time, Lisa has written several books on the subject. They include “Lost Towns of North Georgia” and “Underwater Ghost Towns of North Georgia.”

Ms. Russell’s books will be available after the program. The cost is $20.00 each, or two for $35.00.

Thursday, October 10, 7:00 p.m.

Community House, 111 North Park Street

Come and bring a friend!

Who’s Burning Down "Gold Town?” by Jim Kinney. Thurs. 11 July @ 7pm;

posted Jul 6, 2019, 8:29 PM by Manny Carvalho

In the Spring of 1969, a series of mysterious fires plagued the Dahlonega area. Old and vacant buildings were set ablaze for no apparent reason. This caused great concern among the local residents who were wondering if perhaps they might be next. Not only did the interest in the Dahlonega fires make local news, but the story was reported as far away as Australia! In July 1969, when City Hall caught fire, clues finally began to emerge about who was responsible. Retired FBI agent and LCHS member Jim Kinney will tell this exciting story.  Come and bring a friend

Who’s Burning Down "Gold Town?”
The 50th anniversary of the Dahlonega City Hall Fire.
Thursday, July 11, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
the Community House, 111 North Park St.


Innovations in Lumpkin by Chris Berkelaar; 13 Jun @ 7pm Community House

posted Jun 12, 2019, 10:12 PM by Manny Carvalho

Local resident and UNG history student Chris Berkelaar will present “Innovations In Lumpkin County.” for our June program. In the latter half of the nineteenth century, Lumpkin County became a testing area for many unique and unusual methods of mining and other economic ventures. Chris’ presentation will tell about some of the interesting inventions and technologies used, and in some cases created in Dahlonega. Men of vision such as Frank Hall and Philologus Hawkins Loud are two of the notable inventors whom Chris will highlight in his program.

 Thursday, June 13, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

 Community House, 111 North Park St.

Come and bring a friend

The Earliest Days of Radio by Jim Del Principe. Thurs., Mar. 14, 2019 @ 7pm

posted Feb 28, 2019, 8:37 PM by Manny Carvalho

We will start our program by honoring three 8th grade History student winners of our annual History Essay Contest. 

Then Jim Del Principe will present a program on the very earliest days of radio and the people who contributed to this art and science, up to about 1940 when it was mature. He will bring a number of radios from about 1915 to 1940, many of them working, and a small transmitter to play music over them so we can actually hear how they sounded when they were new. He will also bring a “Spark Transmitter” from about 1915 so we can hear the earliest sounds of Morse code that was sent from ship to ship and ship to shore.

Thursday, March 14, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

The Community House, 111 North Park St. 

Come and bring a friend!

Soiled Doves by Chris Worick; Thurs., Feb 14, 7pm @ Community House

posted Jan 28, 2019, 9:06 PM by Manny Carvalho

Dahlonega has always had its share of lawbreakers and persons of questionable character. In the late 1890’s through the first years of the 1900’s, several local women became the subject of controversy because of their scandalous behavior. From buggy rides with married men to walking the public square with a loaded pistol, Lumpkin County’s “Bad Girls” kept the pages of the Nugget alive with intrigue. Chris Worick Presents Soiled  Doves.

Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
The Community House,  111 North Park St.

Come and bring a friend.

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