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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

November 2014 Events and Classes

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Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society Meeting

November 8, 2014
Multipurpose Room A

Join the Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society for their regular monthly meeting and informative program.  Light refreshments will be served.  This program is co-sponsored by the Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society and the Athens-Clarke County Library.

Photo of the book, Beauty Everyday

Books & Bites: Beauty Everyday: A Year of Southern Beauty

November 12, 2014

Multipurpose Room A

Meet collaborators Rinne Allen, Kristen Bach and Rebecca Wood and discuss their recently released book, Beauty Everyday: A Year of Southern Beauty.  Filled with 365 stunning photographs of southern beauty seen, found and discovered in and around Athens, the 420 page volume is as visually spellbinding as it is smartly crafted.  An index reveals where the photograph was made.  Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase through the Library Store.

**Don't miss out: All attendees will be entered into a raffle to win a FREE COPY of Beauty Everyday--a $98 value!**

Getting Started with Genealogy

November 18, 2014
Heritage Conference Room 

This class will help you get started with your family research. This is a pre-beginning genealogy class. Registration is required. Please call the Heritage Room at (706) 613-3650 x350 or email atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to reserve your spot.

Local History Book Club

November 20, 2014
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 book. This month we will discuss Terry Kay's To Dance with the White Dog, listed in the 2002 Georgia Top 25 Reading List by the Georgia Center for the Book.

Sam Peek's children are worried. Since that "saddest day" when Cora, his beloved wife of fifty-seven good years, died, no one knows how he will survive. How can this elderly man live alone on his farm? How can he keep driving his dilapidated truck down to the fields to care for his few rows of pecan trees? And when Sam begins telling his children about a dog as white as the pure driven snow -- that seems invisible to everyone but him -- his children think that grief and old age have finally taken their toll.

But whether the dog is real or not, Sam Peek -- "one of the smartest men in the South when it comes to trees" -- outsmarts them all. Sam and the White Dog will dance from the pages of this bittersweet novel and into your heart, as they share the mystery of life, and begin together a warm and moving final rite of passage.

Winner of the Southeastern Library Association's Outstanding Author Award.  Copies of the book are available for circulation.

Photo of a vase from the collection.

Opening Reception

SELDOM SEEN: American Art Pottery from the Collection of Bill & Dorothy Paul
November 21, 2014
Appleton Auditorium

Retired University of Georgia art professor and former Georgia Museum of Art Director Bill Paul and his wife have collected American art pottery for decades, acquiring more than 1,500 pieces of beautiful and functional pottery from the early 20th century. Join us as we celebrate the opening of the Heritage Room's exhibition of selected works from the Pauls' renowned pottery collection. The exhibit will be on display in the Heritage Room during its regular operating hours through January 18, 2015.

In the Appleton Auditorium.

October 2014 Events and Classes

Indexing for Genealogists

October 7, 2014


Computer Training Lab

All genealogists know the disappointment in researching for hours and finding “The Book” with the potential to break your brick wall ... only to discover it has no index. In this digital age, indexes are a must in all newly published material. A good index greatly enhances a book’s value to the researcher. Failing to index will potentially reduce the material's usefulness, interest and sales.

This course will provide some of the basic rules of indexing and introduce attendees to the features of Microsoft Word that enable anyone to index their work.  Intermediate computer skills and competency with Microsoft Word required. In order to understand the material presented in this class, you must be able to create a multi-page Word document and be comfortable using the Word toolbars. Registration is limited and required; to secure your space, please call the Heritage Room at (706) 613-3650 x350 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Teresa is a Georgia Native and Air Force Veteran. She has over thirty years diverse experience in the technology and education, and holds her BBA in Management Information Systems. She has compiled four volumes of her family’s history.

Heritage Room Book Sale

October 10, 2014 9-6pm

October 11, 2014 9-6pm

October 12, 2014 2-6pm (50% off!)

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The Heritage Room is holding its first-ever book sale. We'll have hundreds of titles of books and periodicals on Georgia and southeastern U.S. history, culture, art and genealogy. Cash and credit cards accepted.

Genealogy on the Internet

October 14, 2014


Computer Training Lab

This is a brief introduction to the types of genealogy Internet resources. Participants will receive handouts so they can use the tools on their own. This is NOT a beginning genealogy class. Participants must know how to use a mouse and how to search the Internet with a search engine.

Registration is free, but required. Class is limited to 10 people. Please call the Heritage Room at (706) 613-3650 x350 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your spot.

Local History Book Club Meeting

October 16, 2014


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 Woman of Color, Daughter of Privilege (ISBN 0820316881) by Kent Anderson Leslie, listed in 2005 on the Georgia Top 25 Reading List by the Georgia Center for the Book.

This fascinating story of Amanda America Dickson, born the privileged daughter of a white planter and an unconsenting slave in antebellum Georgia, shows how strong-willed individuals defied racial strictures for the sake of family. Although legally a slave herself well into her adolescence, Dickson was much favored by her father and lived comfortably in his house, receiving a genteel upbringing and education. After her father died in 1885 Dickson inherited most of his half-million dollar estate, sparking off two years of legal battles with white relatives. When the Georgia Supreme Court upheld the will, Dickson became the largest landowner in Hancock County, Georgia, and the wealthiest black woman in the post-Civil War South.

Kent Anderson Leslie's portrayal of Dickson is enhanced by a wealth of details about plantation life; the elaborate codes of behavior for men and women, blacks and whites in the South; and the equally complicated circumstances under which racial transgressions were sometimes ignored, tolerated, or even accepted.

Night Owl Prowl

October 17, 2014


Heritage Room

The smell of old books. The thrill of the hunt. Breaking through brick walls. These are just some of what lures genealogy researchers to the library. Now is your chance to experience them all--on your schedule! After the library closes, you and your fellow genealogy researchers will have the Heritage Room to yourselves. Food, drink and security will be provided. 

$10 for Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society members/$15 for non-members. This fee covers the cost of food and security. Registration is required. Online registration is available at the COGS website. Cash/checks can be accepted in the Heritage Room. The deadline for registration is October 15, 2014 at 8:00pm.  

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Athens Historical Society Program: Winterville, Georgia: A Classic Railroad Town

October 19, 2014


Appleton Auditorium

The Athens Historical Society invites you to step back in time with Emma Foley and Mary Quinn, authors of Winterville, Georgia: A Classic Railroad Town. A reception and book signing will follow the presentation.  Books will be available for purchase.

This event is co-sponsored by the Athens Historical Society and the Athens-Clarke County Library, and is free and open to the public.

Haunted Georgia

October 25, 2014


Multipurpose Room B

From Sherman's notorious march to Confederate General James Longstreet's continued inhabitance of his postwar home, Georgia is haunted by many of those who fought in America's deadliest war. Join author Jim Miles as he details the ghosts that still roam Georgia's Civil War battlefields, hospitals and antebellum homes! Books will be available for purchase after the program. Light refreshments will be served.

Murder in Salem, Georgia: A Journey Through the Archives

October 28, 2014


Multipurpose Room A

Join author and researcher Mary Anne Abbe as she recounts her pursuit of primary source records surrounding a vengeful 19th century murder in the forgotten town of Salem, Clarke County, Georgia.

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