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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

April 2015 Events and Classes

At Home: Athens' Families During the Civil War

Thursday, April 9, 2015


Multipurpose Room C

On the 150th anniversary of the Surrender at Appomattox, relive the experiences of those women left behind to carry on during the Civil War. Their trials and tribulations, pleasures and companionship. At a time when rumors flew, and accurate news was scarce, how did they manage?

About the presenter: A native of Athens, whose roots in Georgia run back to the Revolution, Mary Bondurant Warren's interest in local history and journalism are spread over half a century and more.  As the author of "Athens Lives and Legends" newspaper column, and "Family Puzzlers" the nation's only weekly genealogical magazine, she meets people with genealogical problems all over the country. 



Local History Book Club: Annals of Athens, Georgia, 1801-1901

Thursday, April 16, 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 the 2014 Heritage Papers reprint of Annals of Athens, Georgia, 1801-1901 by Augustus Longstreet Hull and Henry Hull.  

First published in 1906 to perpetuate the history of Athens and her people, the book begins with sketches written by Dr. Henry Hull. These recollections were published in 1879 in the Southern Watchman and covered the period through 1825. Augustus Longstreet Hull then told the rest of the story through 1906.  The reprint has been edited by award-winning researcher Mary Bondurant Warren, and contains a much expanded index.

The original printing can be found online through the Digital Library of Georgia; copies of the reprint will be available for circulation soon.


Advanced Census Research

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


Multipurpose Room A

Are you really getting everything out of that census record? Learn how to use your census records--the backbone of your genealogy research--to learn more about your ancestors than you thought possible!  Registration is required.  Please click here to reserve your spot.


Annual Heritage Room Book Clinic

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

10am-2pm and 5pm-7pm

Heritage Room

Do you have cookbooks, family Bibles, or other treasured books in need of repair?  Then bring them to the Heritage Room's Book Clinic, where Ken Jewell, a representative of the National Library Bindery Company, will be on-hand to give estimates and advise on repairing and re-binding your materials.  Books will be returned to the Library within two months and payment will be due in advance of pick-up.  

No registration required; patrons will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.  Questions?  Contact the Heritage Room at (706) 613-3650 x350.


March 2015 Events and Classes

Buns, Beards, Bodices and Bustles:
Understanding Ancestors Through Clothing
a live webinar with Photo Detective Maureen Taylor

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Multipurpose Room B

Ancestral fashions and the industry that produced them left behind a fascinating legacy of images and information.  In this class you will learn about:

  • Paris fashion in America: north, south, east and west interpretations
  • Fashion icons from Charles Dickens to stage star Lillie Langtry
  • Fashion foibles and practical pastimes: how our ancestors designed and hand-crafted accessories
  • What’s old is new and what’s new is old? Repeating fashion trends and how to read the clues
  • Labor records relating to hat, hair and accessory factories and home-work

About the presenter: Maureen Taylor is an internationally recognized expert on historic photograph identification, photo preservation and family history research.  She is the author of several books on her topics of expertise, and has held distinguished leadership positions at the Boston History Collaborative, Rhode Island Historical Society, New England Historic Genealogical Society, and Houghton-Mifflin.  She has been dubbed "the nation's foremost historical photo detective" by The Wall Street Journal.

This event is co-sponsored by the Heritage Room, RSL, and the Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library.   Registration is required. Please click here to reserve your spot. 

Getting Started with Genealogy

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


Heritage Conference Room

This class will help you get started with your family research. This is an introductory genealogy class. Registration is required. Please click here to reserve your spot.

Local History Book Club

Thursday, March 19, 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 Carolyn Newton Curry’s Suffer and Grow Strong: The Life of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, 1834-1907

Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas was an intelligent, spirited woman born in 1834 to one of the wealthiest families in Georgia. At the age of fourteen she began and kept a diary for forty-one years. These diaries of her life before, during, and after the Civil War filled thirteen hand-written volumes with 450,000 words.

She began producing articles for newspapers, keeping them in scrapbooks that tell the story of her life after she quit keeping a diary. In 1899 she was elected president of the Georgia Woman Suffrage Association. Because of her own losses, Thomas was sensitive to the well-being of other women. As she said, she had suffered and grown strong. Her life is an amazing story of survival and transformation that speaks to women in our own time.

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