Don & Diane Wells’ book, The Mystery of the Trees, is a story of the curious bent trees that many believe were used by Indians as sign posts across the continent. The presentation features information about trail trees and a video showing interviews with various elders across the nation. See more at http://www.mountainstewards.org/project/internal_index.html
Stay after the presentation to chat with Don and Diane and get a signed copy of their book.
Thursday May 9, 2013 at 7pm, Dahlonega Community House, Dahlonega, Georgia
The Community House is at the corner of N. Park St. and Hawkins St: map
This is not an Historical Society presentation but an invitation to its members.
The Slot and
Tab tombs of NE Georgia are a passion with Tom Kunish. Their presence in local
counties, including Lumpkin, is as big a mystery as their origins. Why are the
same type of tombs found in the Middle east?
us for a presentation and discussion lead by Tom on Saturday, May 4, 2013, 7pm,
at North Georgia Unitarian Universalist Church, 439 S. Park St., Dahlonega. See http://www.darkfiber.com/tomb/ for more details on these decorative grave shelters.
Madeleine K. Anthony Awards
Thursday, April 11, 2013, 7:00 p.m. at the Community House on North Park Street
Learning from the past, preserving for the future.
In memory of Madeleine K. Anthony, each year the Society takes pleasure in recognizing individuals and organizations
for their contributions to the preservation of the history and heritage of Lumpkin County during the preceding year.
These contributions keep alive the legacy of the Lumpkin County community.
Come help us honor them, and bring a friend.
A reception will follow the program. All members are asked to bring a plate of goodies to share.
This lively presentation features a variety of stories and jokes to illustrate how the music, language, herbs, and even the moonshine of Appalachia reflects the independent spirit of its Scott-Irish ancestors. Paul plays the guitar, banjo and dulcimer as he spins these tales of Appalachian history, based on a book, “Born Fighting.” Middle school students learning to play these old time instruments and the general public are cordially invited to attend this entertaining presentation.
Presented by retired White County educator, Paul Brown.
Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Dahlonega Community House, 111 N Park Street, Dahlonega, GA
The 1884 Lumpkin County Jail & Museum will be open on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. during the Bear on the Square Mountain Festival for free tours conducted by members of the Lumpkin County Historical Society.
The Jail, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985, is located on Enota Street next to the Cannery Art Center two blocks east of Dahlonega’s Historic Public Square. The annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival is taking place in Dahlonega that weekend.
The Museum displays at the Old Jail include household items that would have been used in the 1800s and early 1900s, artifacts from daily life during those times, and vintage photographs including gold mining scenes, historical buildings and significant events. A new item in the jail is a cardboard cutout of a picture of Bill Miner (also known as the Gentleman Bandit and the Grey Fox), the most famous resident of the Historic Old Jail.
The Annual Meeting that was postponed from last month will be the first event of the evening. It will be followed by:
A VALENTINE TALE: The Lumpkin County Historical Society President and local storyteller, Larry Scott, will share, “A Valentine Tale – The Life of Amy Trammell, Auraria’s Lady Gold Miner and the Man She Loved.” Based on her autobiography, “Yarns of Gold From Auraria,” it is the story of Bill and Amy Trammell’s thirty-five years of prospecting, panning and ever seeking the mother lode in and around Auraria, Georgia. The yarns are filled with humor, love, pathos, disappointments, and joy. You will be inspired to laughter and tears as the two hunted for the ever elusive gold, sharing their victories and defeats.
The public is cordially invited to attend, and especially friends and relatives who knew the Trammells are invited to share their memories of Amy and Bill, two of the last of Lumpkin County’s full-time gold miners.
Thursday Feb. 14, 2013, at 7 p.m. Dahlonega Community House, 111 N Park Street, Dahlonega, GA
The business portion of this meeting has been moved to February. All else remains the same. (1/7/13)
The annual meeting of the Lumpkin County Historical
Society will take place on Thursday, January 10th, at 7pm in the Dahlonega
Community House. Election of officers, review of the budget and annual
expenses will be discussed. A short program (see below) will be presented after the annual
business is completed. Refreshments and light snacks
will be served.
All members are reminded to renew their membership and pay their
annual dues at the January meeting.
The Jan. 2013 program will be presented by Chris Worick: "Dahlonega Occupied, January 1863"
One hundred fifty years ago this month, Dahlonega became the scene of an armed
occupation by a force of over 500 State "Home Guards" and Partisan Cavalry. An
increasing number of deserters and men wishing to avoid the Confederate Conscription
Act were hiding in the North Georgia mountains. Responding to a
request for assistance from local officials, Governor Joseph Brown dispatched a
force of Home Guard Infantry under the command of Lt. Col. G.W. Lee to
Dahlonega. Additionally, Gov. Brown asked the Confederate Secretary of
War for a mounted unit to assist Col. Lee's men unit. The 150 men calvary of the 16th Georgia
Battalion Partisan Rangers were ordered to Dahlonega to aid Col. Lee's
expedition. This would be the first but not the last occupation of
Dahlonega by a military force during the Civil War.
Chris Worick will discuss the events leading up to Col. Lee's expedition
and what followed in the weeks after.
Ken Akins will discuss the rise of chiefdoms in what is now northern Georgia and reveal in his presentation a pre-Columbian culture rich in artistic achievement. He will explore first contact by the Indians with Europeans and the toll it took on their society. New techniques of archaeology will be shown that expose ancient features and structures without intrusive digging.
Mr. Akins worked for the DNR Parks & Historic Sites Dept. for 30 years culminating his career at the Etowah Indian Mounds in Cartersville, GA. There he was manager and worked with site archaeologists to uncover more of the exciting history of one of America’s premier Mississippian mound sites.
Thursday Nov. 8, 2012 at 7pm. Dahlonega Community House 111 N Park Street, Dahlonega, GA
Guests are welcome!