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.

July 2017 Events

**Special Event** Common Heritage Scan Day

Saturday, July 29, 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.
First AME Church - 521 N Hull St, Athens, GA 30601

Each family has treasures that link them to their past and will, if preserved, link them to their future. Preserve your family's history today!

Athens-Clarke County Library staff will be at the First AME Church on Saturday, July 29, to help you make digital copies of your family treasures. Free hour-long appointments are available all day. Bring your photos, family Bibles, scrapbooks, recipes, slides and more!

We are all part of Athens’ shared history - whether you've lived here for three years or three decades. Whether you're a music mogul or a mechanic, your family’s history is important to future generations.

This initiative is part of the National Endowment for Humanities' Common Heritage Grant. By helping families preserve their heirloom documents, we hope to ensure that everyone's story is remembered.

Sign up for your appointment through the library's online events calendar at www.athenslibrary.org/athens or call the library’s Heritage Room at 706-613-3650, extension 350.


Wednesday, July 5 & 19, 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
Wednesday, July 12 & 26, 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.

Hiram House

Saturday, July 8, 1:00 p.m.
MultiPurpose Room A

Dr. Robert Harrison of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church will speak about the Hiram House and the effort to renovate and maintain it. The Hiram House was built in 1910 is located at 635 W. Hancock Street in the Reese Street Historic District. This house was owned by two African American doctors through the years. Dr. William H. Harris was the original owner of the house and Dr. Ida Mae Hiram, the first African-American dentist in Athens and the first African-American woman to pass Georgia's Dental Board Exam, lived in the the home until her death in 1979.

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