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Facebook ButtonThe Heritage Room is the place to research genealogy, local Athens & Georgia history, and more! The Heritage Room is now open! We are open via appointment and drop in hours. All visits are for one hour only per day, as only 4 people can be in the Heritage Room at once. Schedule your research session in the Heritage Room by calling 706-613-3650 ext. 350 or emailing heritageroomref@athenslibrary.org.

Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 11am-7pm, Friday and Saturday 9am-6pm

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October 2018 Heritage Room Events

Athens Historical Society and Athens Clarke County Library are proud to present "A Story Untold: Black Men and Women in Athens History 40th Anniversary" with Michael Thurmond!

Join us Sunday October 21, 3:00 - 5:00 pm, Athens Regional Library Appleton Auditorium

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Mr. Thurmond's presentation will cover the rich Heritage and History of African-American Athenians, on the 40th anniversary of the publishing of his book A Story Untold: Black Men and Women in Athens History.

Raised as a sharecropper's son in Clarke County, Georgia, Michael Thurmond graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and religion from Paine College and later earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina’s School of Law. He also completed the Political Executives program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In 1986, he became the first African-American elected to the Georgia General Assembly from Clarke County since Reconstruction. During his legislative tenure, Thurmond authored major legislation that provided more than $250 million in tax relief to Georgia's senior citizens and working families. Thurmond received a gubernatorial appointment to lead the state Division of Family and Children Services and direct Georgia's historic transition from welfare to work. He created the innovative Work First program, which helped more than 90,000 welfare dependent Georgia families move from dependence into the workforce. In 1997, Thurmond became a distinguished lecturer at the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government. The following year, he was elected Georgia labor commissioner. During his three terms as labor commissioner, Thurmond’s most significant achievement was the construction of a $20 million school for children with disabilities at the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute. Thurmond’s latest book, Freedom: Georgia’s Antislavery Heritage, 1733-1865, was awarded the Georgia Historical Society’s Lilla Hawes Ward. In 2004, The Georgia Center for the Book listed Freedom as one of The 25 Books All Georgian’s Should Read. He serves on the University of Georgia Libraries Board of Visitors. In 2016 he won a landslide victory to become chief executive officer of DeKalb County, one of the most diverse counties in the Southeast. He is married to Zola Fletcher Thurmond, and they have one daughter, Mikaya.

Join us after the program for a reception with light refreshments.

Night Owl Prowl

Friday, October 26, 2018, 6 p.m. - 11 p.m., Athens-Clarke County Library, Heritage Room

Cost: $10 members/$15 guests; registration required

Attention family history enthusiasts! Are you ready to research, scan family photos, explore Heritage Room resources, ask questions, and chat with others that share your passion for genealogy?!

We are sponsoring a genealogy research lock-in, Friday, October 26 in the Heritage Room at the Athens-Clarke County Library. The library closes at 6:00pm, but Night Owl Prowl participants can stay and research after the library closes!

In addition to access to the amazing genealogy resources of the Heritage Room (print, microform, and digital), thanks to Archives and Special Collections Coordinator, Ashley Shull, Heritage Room staff will assist us with scanning family photos, documents, and slides! When registering for the event, you will need to let us know if you want to be included in the scanning schedule and approximately how many photos, documents, and/or slides you will be bringing. A USB drive will be provided for saving scanned images. The last scanning appointment will begin at 10:00pm. Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society volunteers will also be available to assist with your genealogy research questions.

Your registration fee helps pay for security, a light supper catered by Honey Baked Ham, and snacks. (No refunds.) Don't like to stay up late? No problem, you are free to leave at any time!

Registration deadline is Tuesday, October 23 at 8:00pm. The number of participants is limited, so register to today! You may register online, by mail, or in the Heritage Room.

Co-sponsored by The Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society and The Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room

Antebellum Architecture in Athens

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Sunday, July 22, 2018, 3:00 p.m.
In Appleton Auditorium

Join the Athens Historical Society for our July Program "Antebellum Architecture in Athens."

James W. Lineberger will conduct this historical survey of the Greek Revival style of architecture in Athens. It features the 18 prominent built environments in this category. Not only will the presenter give in-depth descriptions of 10 of the buildings, he will also give background on the history of their occupants. With a diverse conglomerate of 19th century personalities, this presentation is both lively and informative.

Mr. Lineberger has written a book entitled Architecture in Athens: Then and Now, and teaches a course about Greek Revival Architecture at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

The program will he held at the Athens Clarke County Library, Appleton Auditorium on Sunday July 22nd from 3 to 5 pm. A reception with light refreshments will follow.

Help! I Can't Find a Grave!

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Learning to use Find A Grave and BillionGraves after their website revisions.

Please join us on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. for Beth Whitlock's presentation- Help! I Can't Find a Grave!

Have you noticed that Find A Grave and BillionGraves have changed their websites? This session will provide an overview of the new websites and how to navigate them. Beth Whitlock is a Librarian/Archivist with the Heritage Room of the Athens-Clarke County Library. She has worked at the library for 10 years and previously was a school media specialist in Middle Georgia.

This presentation is FREE and open to the public and will take place in Multipurpose Room A at the Athens-Clarke County Library, 2025 Baxter St. Athens, GA. Invite a friend and share this opportunity with everyone that you think might be interested! We hope to see you on Saturday, July 14th!

Co-sponsored by the Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society and the Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room.


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