Reflecting, Sharing, Learning

A photo history lecture by Gary Doster recorded August 30, 2017 at Athens-Clarke County Library.

Photo archivist and Athens historian Gary Doster draws from his sizable collection of Athens images at the library to show houses, other structures, and scenes around town that no longer exist. Each is followed by a photo of what the location looks like now, showing the vast changes that have taken place. It is a trip by postcard through the distant and more recent past, accompanied by reminiscences and commentary.

Gary L. Doster, a native of Athens, Georgia, is the author of From Abbeville to Zebulon, Early Post Card Views of Georgia, published by the University of Georgia Press, and A Post Card History of Athens, Georgia published by the Athens Historical Society. He is also the author of six other Georgia history books, Dear Sallie… The Letters of Confederate Private James Jewel, and he is a contributor to the mammoth anthology The Tangible Past in Athens, Georgia. He is a certified wildlife biologist and worked for the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study at the University of Georgia. Gary has had a lifelong interest in Georgia history and has ancestors from Oglethorpe County, Georgia, dating back to the 1790s. He has been married to the former Faye Ann Thomas of Oconee County for 58 years.

On January 28 at the UGA Special Collections Library, Charlotte Thomas Marshall was awarded the prestigious Augustus Longstreet Hull Award by the Athens Historical Society. She is a lifelong scholar and student of Athens history, and is widely known as the go-to for all questions Athens-history related. Charlotte is the fourth recipient of the award – the first 2 being Hull himself and Patricia Irwin Cooper, both posthumously, and the third being Mary Bondurant Warren. Speaking about her accomplishments were her friends Gary Doster, Milton Leathers, and Theresa Flynn. The Athens Historical Society is honored to have Charlotte accept this award.

The Athens Historical Society has created the Augustus Longstreet Hull Award as a way to publicly recognize and honor those individuals whose long and extraordinary service to our organization and the community at large has significantly impacted the study and recordation of the history of Athens, Georgia, and its surrounding area. In bringing attention to those who have helped preserve the historical record of the Classic City and the surrounding counties, we hope to generate interest in the general public for the mission of the Athens Historical Society, as well as the accomplishments of those receiving the award.

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