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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 2014 Events and Classes

Thomas B. Moss: Professor and Map Maker

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

6:00pm 

Multipurpose Room A

Thomas B. Moss was a remarkable educator and surveyor in Oglethorpe County throughout the second half of the nineteenth century. Educated at the University of Georgia, he returned home to teach at the renown Meson Academy in Lexington. He taught or was headmaster for 41 consecutive years. Later in life he became a surveyor and drew dozens of plats for land transactions. His grand achievement was the production of a very accurate, detailed map of Oglethorpe County that was published in 1894.

Presenter Tom Gresham co-founder and president of an Athens-based archaeological consulting firm. He lives in Oglethorpe County where he is president of Historic Oglethorpe County

 

COGS Meeting: The World at Your Fingertips: Heritage Room Resources

Saturday, September 13, 2014

2:00pm

Multipurpose Room A

Join the Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society for this month's free, informative program on what terrific resources the Heritage Room has to offer; in particular, we will review how to order microfilm from the Family History Library!  Located in Salt Lake City, Utah, the FHL possesses one of the world's largest genealogical collections, boasting over 2.4 million rolls and 727,000 microfilmed genealogical records spanning the globe.  These microforms can be mailed to you for use in the Heritage Room through FamilySearch.org. In this presentation, Heritage Room staff will teach you how to take advantage of this fantastic resource by using the FamilySearch catalog and online film ordering system.  The presentation will conclude with a tour of the Heritage Room.

  

Getting Started with Genealogy

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

2:00pm

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 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your spot.

 

Local History Book Club meeting

September 18, 2014

6:00pm

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 Pearl Cleage's What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day (ISBN 978-0061710384) listed in 2002 as one of the Georgia Center for the Book's 25 Books all Georgians Should Read.

After a decade of elegant pleasures and luxe living with the Atlanta brothers and sisters with the best clothes and biggest dreams, Ava Johnson has temporarily returned home to Idlewild—her fabulous career and power plans smashed to bits by cold reality. But what she imagines to be the end is, instead, a beginning. Because, in the ten-plus years since Ava left, all the problems of the big city have come to roost in the sleepy North Michigan community whose ordinariness once drove her away; and she cannot turn her back on friends and family who sorely need her in the face of impending trouble and tragedy. Besides which, that one unthinkable, unmistakable thing is now happening to her: Ava Johnson is falling in love.

Acclaimed playwright, essayist, New York Times bestselling author, and columnist Pearl Cleage has created a world rich in character, human drama, and deep, compassionate understanding, in a remarkable novel that sizzles with sensuality, hums with gritty truth, and sings and crackles with life-affirming energy.

August 2014 Events and Classes

Beech Haven Presentation

August 12, 2014
6:00 p.m.
Multipurpose Rooms B & C

To date Athens-Clarke County has acquired more than 90 acres of “Beech Haven”, the Rowland family's historic rustic retreat along the Middle Oconee River. First purchased by Charles A. Rowland II over 100 years ago, Beech Haven is now surrounded by suburban and commercial development, but remains a secluded natural sanctuary, essentially unchanged since the 1930’s. The site has a long history as an important social and religious gathering place in Athens and, with new public ownership, may once again be a cultural and recreational hub for the community. In this presentation we'll trace the fascinating history of the place and discuss the Arts and Crafts design movement that influenced its development.

Representatives from Leisure Services and the Athens Clarke Heritage Foundation will be on hand to discuss on-going efforts to protect the site and Beech Haven’s exciting potential as part of the Athens-Clarke County Greenway Network.

Local History Book Club meeting

Thursday, August 14, 2014
6:00 p.m.
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 Erskine Caldwell's Tobacco Road (ISBN 978-0820316611), named one of the Modern Library's 100 best novels of the twentieth century, and listed in 2002 as one of the Georgia Center for the Book's 25 Books all Georgians Should Read.

Set during the Depression in the depleted farmlands surrounding Augusta, Georgia, Tobacco Road was first published in 1932. It is the story of the Lesters, a family of white sharecroppers so destitute that most of their creditors have given up on them. Debased by poverty to an elemental state of ignorance and selfishness, the Lesters are preoccupied by their hunger, sexual longings, and fear that they will someday descend to a lower rung on the social ladder.

Copies of the book are available for circulation.

COGS Meeting

August 16, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Auditorium

Join the Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society as they welcome author and researcher Karen Thompson Ledford, author of the These Men Wore Grey series. Herbooks cover the following counties: Franklin, Habersham, Hart, Stephens, Rabun, White, Banks and Jackson. The books contain genealogical, military, and internment records of Confederate Soldiers of Northeast Georgia. Membership information will be available and light refreshments will be served.

Genealogy on the Internet

August 19, 2014
6:00 p.m.
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.

Book Bites: Georgia Women, Volume II

August 28, 2014
12:00 p.m.
Multipurpose Room A

UGA Associate Professor of History Kathleen Ann Clark will be discussing her work on the second volume of Georgia Women, which she co-edited with Ann Short Chirhart. The essays vividly portray a wide array of Georgia women who played an important role in the state’s history, from little-known Progressive Era activists to famous present-day figures such as Pulitzer Prize–winning author Alice Walker and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. Collectively, the life stories portrayed in this volume deepen our understanding of the multifaceted history of not only Georgia women but also the state itself.

Bring your own brown bag lunch to enjoy during the talk. Lemonade and cookies will be provided. Books will be available for purchase in the Library Store before and after the event.

This Side Up: Overhead Book Scanner Training

August 26, 2014
3:00 p.m.
Heritage Room

Have personal books, scrapbooks, or over-sized images you'd like to preserve digitally? Want to scan a lot of materials quickly? Or does your research require tedious copying of selections of books and citations that you could scan more efficiently? Then let us introduce you to your new best friend: the Indus Book Scanner 9000.

In this class, staff will demonstrate how to use the overhead book scanner so you get the optimum digital image. Attendees will have an opportunity to scan their own materials as well. Bring your flash drive or have your email address ready so you can take your images home with you.

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