Heritage Room

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 10:00 a.m. - 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.

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Please call (706-613-3650 ext 350) or email the heritage staff (heritageroomref@athenslibrary.org) if you have any questions.

February 2017 Events and Classes


Wednesday, February 1 & 15, 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. or
Tuesday, February 7 & 21, 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.
Heritage Conference Room

Do you have a genealogical "brick wall" you'd like to smash? Are you conducting local history research for a class and need help figuring out where to begin? Did you buy a new house recently want to research its history? Get help solving these and other research quandaries by registering for a Genealogy One-on-One! Registration required.

If These Walls Could Talk

Did you miss any of the sessions of If These Walls Could Talk: Researching the History of Your Athens-Clarke County Home?  The 5 part series was held in the fall of 2016 and presented by Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room and the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation.  All of these sessions will be presented again in one day in order to be videotaped. We invite you to attend all or any of the sessions for FREE on Saturday, February 4 at the Athens-Clarke County Library in Multipurpose Room A.

  • 10:00 a.m. - Session 1- When Was My House Built? Using Sanborn and Other Maps - Hallie Pritchett
  • 11:10 a.m. - Session 2- When Was My House Built? Researching Chain of Title - Teresa Hixson
  • 12:20 p.m. - Lunch
  • 1:20 p.m. - Session 3- What is the Architectural History of My House? Using Archival Records - Steven Brown
  • 2:30 p.m. - Session 4 - Who Lived in My House? Using City Directories, Census, and Courthouse Records - Laura W. Carter
  • 3:40 p.m. - Session 5 - Putting It All Together: A Case Study in Researching a Historic Home - Alex Patterson
  • 4:50 p.m. - Session 6 - Q and A with presenters and others

Talking About the Underground Railroad

Saturday, February 4, 2017, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Appleton Auditorium

The Underground Railroad refers to the efforts of enslaved Africans to gain their freedom through escape and flight – and the assistance of people who opposed slavery and willingly chose to help– through the end of the U.S. Civil War. Not only was it significant in the eradication of slavery, but the Underground Railroad also became a cornerstone to our national Civil Rights movement.

With speaker Sheri Jackson,Southeast Regional Manager of the National Park Service’s National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program.


Saturday, February 11, 12:30 - 4:00 p.m., Appleton Auditorium

Aviva Kempner's Rosenwald is the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school, but rose to become the President of Sears.  Influenced by the writings of the educator Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African American communities during the Jim Crow South to build over 5,300 schools during the early part of the 20th century.

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