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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

September 2015 Events and Classes

Converting Vinyl to Digital

Part of the Saving Stuff: Preservation for the Family Historian Workshop Series

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

6:00pm

Multipurpose Room A

Not every band gets a remastered CD release, and while nothing replaces the sound of vinyl, it’s nice to play your old favorites on your phone or mp3 player.  Come to the library for a demonstration of the Digital Media Center’s Album-to-Digital converter.  You’ll learn how the software works and tips for getting the best results.  Release the music on your old records to play anywhere you go!

This class is part of the Fall 2015 series, Saving Stuff: Preservation for the Family Historian, which provides free, public education classes and workshops on caring for analog and digital family treasures. The series is co-sponsored by ACCL’s Heritage Room and Digital Media Center.

Registration is required. Please click here to reserve your spot.

 

My Genealogy Journey: Preserving the Legacy 

Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society Meeting & Quarterly Program

Saturday, September 12, 2015

2:00pm

Multipurpose Room A

Join the Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society for their quarterly meeting and presentation. The lecture will trace how guest speaker V. Yvonne Studevan documented her lineage to Richard Allen, founder and first bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The presentation includes the legacy of Richard Allen, an explanation of the documentation process, photographs of materials and artifacts collected, and family facts on the descendants of Richard and Sarah Allen.

V. Yvonne Studevan hails from Yeadon, Pennsylvania and presently lives in Athens. As a retired educator she enjoys public speaking recounting the stories of her famous ancestor. She is a seventh generation descendant of Richard Allen, founder and first bishop of the oldest Black established organization in America, the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

 

Researching the Freedman's Bank Records 

Sunday, September 13, 2015

3:00pm

Multipurpose Room B

The Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company was created after the Civil War to assist newly emancipated slaves and African american soldiers. Most depositors were African American, but a few were European immigrants, mostly in New York City. Though the bank failed in 1875, the records contain valuable genealogical information such birth date, birthplace, where raised, former owner, employer, occupation, residence, and relatives. Join guest lecturer Emma Davis Hamilton as she discusses the genealogical and research value of these records, and the significance of the "lost books" held by the National Archives.

Emma Davis Hamilton is President of the AAHGS Metro Atlanta Chapter. She is a Georgia Genealogical Society board member, and Vice President of Friends of the National Archives at Atlanta. Emma is a member of the National Genealogical Society, and the Florida Genealogical Society. She has presented at Samford University (IGHR), the National Archives, and other national genealogy conferences and societies.  Emma is a retired Lieutenant Colonel. She graduated from Howard University (BS), and Western Kentucky University (MS).

 

Parables of the Land: The Art of Claire and Robert Clements

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

7:00pm

Appleton Auditorium

The Athens-Clarke County Library invites you to an intimate evening celebrating the lives and works of Athens artist couple Claire and Robert Clements. The Clements' works will be on display in the Quiet Gallery and the Heritage Room from September 23-November 20, 2015.

Claire and Robert Clements, formerly of the University of Georgia, now make art full-time and with friends. Library patrons will be familiar with Robert's 18' colorful metal sculpture, "Muse of Learning," which welcomes patrons outside the Athens-Clarke County  Library. Bob also makes paintings of area landscapes, such as fields of yellow canola, tan grain fields of nooding head of rye, and Queen Anne's lace. In her work, Claire draws, paints, prints and cuts by hand close-up views of people in botanical environments. She strives to communicate universal, intangible qualities, such as intuition, attitude, empathy, harmony, dissonance and growth. The two artists also create art together at the Oconee County Arts Foundation's Open Studio, painting from models.

 

Maps Tell Some of the Story for the African-Ancestored Genealogist 

A Legacy Family Tree Live Webinar

Friday, September 25, 2015

Multipurpose Room A

This live screening of a Legacy Family Tree webinar will illustrate how geography can tell you things unknown about your ancestral community and help provide a critical background for the family narrative.

 As a founding member of AfriGeneas.com, presenter Angela Walton-Raji is also a genealogist specializing in information for beginners, via daily and weekly online genealogy charts on AfriGeneas. She is a published author and host of three blogs, in addition to a 10-year ongoing message board, three websites, and the African Roots podcast.

 

August 2015 Events and Classes

Saving Stuff: Preservation for the Family Historian

August-November 2015

As family historians, genealogists, and citizen archivists, we are responsible for preserving the record of our family's past. But because memories are not made on one medium alone--just think of all the photographs, video footage, documents, and recordings you've accrued over your lifetime--we must familiarize ourselves with a variety of tools for keeping our family treasures safe.

To help ACCL patrons take up this charge, we proudly introduce our Fall 2015 series, Saving Stuff: Preservation for the Family Historian, which provides free, public education classes and workshops on caring for analog and digital family treasures. The series is co-sponsored by the Athens-Clarke County Library's Heritage Room and Digital Media Center.

August's classes are listed below. For a complete listing of all Saving Stuff classes this Fall, please click here. Please note that all classes require advance registration, and some require a brief list of supplies. All requirements are listed in the descriptions for the particular class.

 

Personal Digital Archiving of Audio & Video 

Part of the Saving Stuff: Preservation for the Family Historian Workshop Series

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

6:00pm

Multipurpose Room A

Do you have one-of-a-kind family records you’d be devastated to lose? Are you the family historian, genealogist, or archivist? Do you have old home movies collecting dust, or audio recordings of lectures, recitals, or interviews with family members? Then this class is for you! As your family historian, you need to actively manage these beloved treasures to keep them available for years to come. In this class, you’ll learn simple and practical strategies for keeping your personal audio and video recordings safe for future generations.

This class is part of the Fall 2015 series, Saving Stuff: Preservation for the Family Historian, which provides free, public education classes and workshops on caring for analog and digital family treasures. The series is co-sponsored by ACCL’s Heritage Room and Digital Media Center.

Registration is required. Please click here to reserve your spot.

 

Local History Book Club: Black Politicians & Reconstruction in Georgia: A Splendid Failure, by Edmund L. Drago 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

6:00pm

Heritage Conference Room

The Local History Book Club is a reading group that meets on the third Thursday of every month to discuss that month’s assigned reading. This month we will discuss Black Politicians & Reconstruction in Georgia: A Splendid Failure, by Edmund L. Drago.

This widely hailed study examines the reasons behind the quick demise of Radical Reconstruction in Georgia. Edmund L. Drago shows that a primary factor was, ironically, the extraordinary fairness on the part of the state's black leaders in dealing with their former masters.

Copies of the book are available for circulation.

 

 

Converting VHS to digital 

Part of the Saving Stuff: Preservation for the Family Historian Workshop Series

Saturday, August 22, 2015

1-hour sessions, 9am-1pm

Digital Media Center

Do you have old VHS tapes of family and friends but no VCR?  Convert your VHS tapes to DVD with the library’s digital converter.  Natalie Wright, Digital Media Librarian, will walk you through the conversion process.  Once you learn how the converter works, it will be easy for you to come in any time the library is open to convert the rest of your tapes.  Sign up for a 1 hour session, and bring a VHS tape and a blank DVD-R.  Tapes must be full size and their content must clock in at less than an hour in order to finish the conversion process during the session. Don’t lose your family memories to obsolete formats! 

Videos brought in for conversion must be less than one hour. Please bring a Blank DVD-R to transfer your digital recording. If you have any questions, please give us a call at (706) 613-3650 x354.

This class is part of the Fall 2015 series, Saving Stuff: Preservation for the Family Historian, which provides free, public education classes and workshops on caring for analog and digital family treasures. The series is co-sponsored by ACCL’s Heritage Room and Digital Media Center.

Registration is required. Please call (706) 613-3650 x354 to reserve your spot.

 

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