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Visit the Heritage Room to research genealogy, local & Georgia history, and more!

Heritage Room Hours

  • Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 1:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Please call (706-613-3650 ext 350) or email the heritage staff (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you have any questions.

Heritage Room News

May 2015 Events and Classes

Cafè au Libris presents Mary Bondurant Warren 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Appleton Auditorium

The Heritage Room and the Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library present author, researcher and genealogist Mary Bondurant Warren at 7:00pm on Tuesday, May 5.  Warren will read from and discuss her Heritage Papers re-release of Augustus Longstreet Hull's Annals of Athens, Georgia, a charming and illuminating look at life in early Athens.  Warren began her historical and genealogical writing career in 1962 with her Lives and Legends newspaper column, and soon afterwards launched her Family Puzzlers column through her company, Heritage Papers.  She was founding member of the Athens Historical Society, and oversaw publication of the Society's Athens-Clarke County Cemeteries.  She is still producing illuminating abstracts of records from Georgia's Colonial period, and has donated hundreds of books, family files and other personal papers to the University of Georgia and Athens-Clarke County Library. In 2010 she was recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board.

The program is co-sponsored by the Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room and the Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library, and is part of the Friends' on-going Cafe au Libris series.  A light reception will follow the program, and books will be available for purchase and signing.  In the Appleton Auditorium.


FindAGrave and BillionGraves & COGS Meeting 

Saturday, May 16, 2015


Multipurpose Room A

Join the Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society for their May membership meeting and public program.  In this month's presentation Heritage Room staff will teach you how FindAGrave and BillionGraves can help you in your research--and how your research can help others! 

This program is co-sponsored by the Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society and the Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room. Light refreshments will follow the program.


Online Genealogy Resources 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Multipurpose Room A

The internet offers many thousands of places to do, learn about, and comment on genealogy research--but how do you know which are most reliable? This class will cover the top freely accessible, trustworthy online genealogy resources ... all of which you can access from any computer with an internet connection.  Some of the resources we will cover are FamilySearch, Cyndi's List, Find-a-Grave, BillionGraves, Chronicling America, and others!

Participants are strongly encouraged to have taken the Heritage Room's Getting Started with Genealogy class--or another comparable introductory genealogy class--prior to attending.

Registration is required.  Please click here to register. 


Local History Book Club: Lamb in His Bosom 

Thursday, May 21, 2015


Heritage Conference Room

The Local History Book Club is a reading group that meets on the third Thursday of each month to discuss that month's assigned reading.  This month we will discuss Caroline Miller's Lamb in his Bosom. This was the first novel by a Georgia author to win the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1934, soon followed by Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind in 1937.

Caroline Miller was fascinated by the other Old South; not the romantic inhabitants of Gone With the Wind, but rather the poor people of the south Georgia backwoods, who never owned a slave or planned to fight a war. The story of Cean and Lonzo, a young couple who begin their married lives two decades before the Civil War, Lamb in His Bosom is a fascinating account of social customs and material realities among settlers of the Georgia frontier. At the same time, Lamb in His Bosom transcends regional history as Miller's quietly lyrical prose style pays poignant tribute to a woman's life lived close to nature; the nature outside her and the nature within.

Copies of this book are available for circulation. 


Letters in My Grandmother's Chifferobe

Tuesday, May 26, 2015


Multipurpose Room A

Join us for the dramatization of one family's experience during the Great War, utilizing the primary sources of letters from a Georgia soldier. The presentation uses over 100 pages of correspondence between a Georgia Doughboy and his family members. Follow this soldier's journey from induction, to training in two Georgia Army Camps, to his voyage to England, and finally to his death in France.  

This program is geared toward an upper high school and adult audience.  

Heritage Room Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2015 Internships

The Heritage Room seeks highly-motivated, responsible applicants for TWO summer internship opportunities.  These are part-time, unpaid summer internships, 8-10 hours per week for 9 weeks, beginning June 2, 2015.  Students with a focus in archival studies, history, public history, library and information science or social sciences are strongly encouraged to apply.  Deadline for applications is May 15, 2015.

Digitization Intern

The Digitization Intern will assist the Heritage Room Librarian in capturing images from microfilm and original documents, editing images, and recording descriptive metadata.  The successful candidate will learn practical applications of metadata standards and schemas, and requirements for maintaining digital files, including data migration and standardization.  Assignments will vary according to the individual’s skill set and interests.  The intern may assist with other tasks as assigned.  All equipment and training will be provided on-site by the Heritage Room, where all work will be performed. 

Processing Intern

The Processing Intern will assist the Heritage Room Librarian in accessioning, inventorying and processing collections of 20th century personal papers and administrative records according to archival principals, with re-housing in archival enclosures.  The successful candidate will gain experience in handling fragile objects, collection arrangement and description, and evaluating materials for preservation and/or conservation treatment.  The intern may assist with reference inquiries and other tasks as assigned.  Assignments will vary according to the individual’s skill set and interests. All equipment and training will be provided on-site by the Heritage Room, where all work will be performed. 


The intern should be currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree program in the aforementioned fields of study.  The successful candidate will have substantive experience with the general operation of digital scanners and proficiency in Microsoft Excel and basic photo editing software.  Candidates should possess excellent communication skills, be detail-oriented, able to work independently, have fine manual dexterity, strong written and verbal communication skills, and be able to lift up to 40 pounds.  Experience using microfilm preferred but not required.  Preference will be given to candidates completing the internship for course credit.  


To be considered for this opportunity, send a cover letter and resume to Angela Stanley, Heritage Room Librarian, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Please indicate the title of the internship for which you are applying in the subject heading. Deadline for applications is May 15, 2015.



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