November 1st from 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Free and Open to the Public: Held at the Augusta History Museum 2nd Floor Auditorium
Native American Symposium In Recognition of Native American Month
Speaking on the history of Southeastern Clovis Indians
Thomas Jennings and Dr. Ashley Smallwood from University of West Georgia
Source: Angela Bratton and the GRU Student Anthropology Society
The Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library is hosting the Every Necessary Care and Attention: George Washington and Medicine traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine. The exhibit will be on display on October 28-December 7, 2013.
This exhibit explores the story of George Washington’s own health and examines the ways in which he sought to safeguard the health and wellness of those under his care. Washington’s story illuminates the broader context of the experience of illness and the practice of medicine, which during this time was transitioning from a traditional healer craft to a profession.
This exhibit was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, and George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum and Gardens.
The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, please go to http://tinyurl.com/GWMedicineExhibit
- Oct. 1 Tues.
Shine a Light on GRU Ghosts, 7 p.m. Celebrate Georgia Archives Month. Local
historian Bill Wells will lead a tour of the Summerville Campus, tracing the ghostly stories
that have emerged from the rare archival resources maintained by GRU Libraries. The tour
will begin at Bellevue Hall, where one of the University’s most famous ghosts, Emily Galt,
resides. Sponsored by GRU Reese Library Special Collections & Institutional Archives. For
more information, call 706-667-4904 or e-mail email@example.com.
- Oct. 2 Wed.
Lee Ann Caldwell, Director of GRU Center for the Study of Georgia History,
will be the featured speaker at the Brown Bag program this Wednesday at the Augusta
Museum of History. Lee Ann’s talk will be on “Living the Southern Lifestyle, Women’s Lives.”
Bring a lunch; beverages provided. Refreshments are served at 11:30 am. The lecture
will run from 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. Free to Augusta Museum of History members/$3 for
- Oct. 3 Thurs.
Dr. John K. Derden, Professor Emeritus, East Georgia College, will speak at the Augusta
Genealogical Society October meeting at the Augusta Museum of History on Thursday,
October 3rd at 3 p.m. Camp Lawton “has been a consuming interest for him during his
academic career and has resulted in a recently published book entitled The World’s Largest
Prison Camp: The Story of Camp Lawton.”
The one-hour program is free and open to the public.
Source: Southern Echoes, October 2013
Historic Augusta’s “Walk with the Spirits” is a tour of one of Augusta’s historic cemeteries.
Mark your calendar for Saturday and Sunday, October 11-12, 2013 for the next “Walk with the Spirits.” During 45 minute tours of Summerville Cemetery, costumed guides lead the way while discussing the history of the cemetery, the iconography of the headstones, and interesting facts about the “spirit” that they are portraying. Along the route additional notable citizens from Augusta’s past will share their stories. For tickets and additional information, contact Historic Augusta at 706-724-0436.
Dr. John K. Derden, Professor Emeritus, East Georgia College, will speak at the Augusta Genealogical Society October meeting at the Augusta Museum of History on Thursday, October 3rd at 3pm. Camp Lawton “has been a consuming interest for him during his academic career and has resulted in a recently published book entitled The World’s Largest Prison Camp: The Story of Camp Lawton.”
The one-hour program is free and open to the public.
Source: Southern Echoes, October 2013
Veteran’s Curation Program
Augusta, Georgia (9/14/13) – The Augusta Museum of History has partnered with the city’s Veterans Curation Program to produce an inspiring new display that officially opens to the public on September 28th, 2013. The new exhibit, produced entirely by the military veterans who are a part of this special program, explores their lives and work through the objects they brought back from military conflicts overseas, as well as the prehistoric artifacts they have learned to preserve. Military paraphernalia, archaeological items, and personal stories provide an intimate portrait of veterans transitioning into civilian lives.
Brandie Taylor, a veteran combat medic, appreciated the program’s focus on new job skills: A lot of people don’t get to experience anything that deals with archaeology, she said. Working here has given me an opportunity to spread the word about the VCP and help other veterans.
The Veterans Curation Program provides employment and job training for veterans of the American military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Veterans receive competitive pay while learning new, marketable job skills as they are trained to rehabilitate and preserve archaeological collections administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Augusta is home to one of the three Veterans Curation Program laboratories, in addition to those in Alexandria and St. Louis.
Brandon Holloman enjoyed expanding his knowledge of history: You never know why things are the way they are in the present until you learn about their past.
Please congratulate the latest class of veterans to complete their term of employment at the Augusta Veterans Curation Program. We will celebrate their graduation and transition to the civilian workplace together with a special ceremony planned for the afternoon of September 27 at the Augusta Museum of History.
Historic Augusta’s Walk with the Spirits is a tour of one of Augusta’s historic cemeteries. Mark your calendar for Saturday and Sunday, October 11-12, 2013 for the next Walk with the Spirits. During 45 minute tours of Summerville Cemetery, costumed guides lead the way while discussing the history of the cemetery, the iconography of the headstones, and interesting facts about the “spirit” that they are portraying. Along the route additional notable citizens from Augusta’s past will share their stories. For tickets and additional information, contact Historic Augusta at 706-724-0436.
On November 23rd, 2013 Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site will present “The Lives of Enslaved Women” from 10 am to 5 pm. This one-day symposium is an intimate and unvarnished look at the lives of women enslaved on Southern plantations. Three main themes (Documenting Enslaved Women, Interpreting Enslaved Women and Remembering Enslaved Women) will be explored by various presenters throughout the day but discussion by audience members will be highly encouraged. The last session of the day will be an open-ended session where participants will be encouraged to share stories of their enslaved ancestress or their research on enslaved women.
The highlight of the event will be performances by renowned slave interpreters Kitty Wilson-Evans and BJ Caldwell at midday, followed by a discussion of the importance of accurately interpreting the lives of enslaved women. Additional special guests include author and genealogist Elvin Thompson (“The Blood Running Through My Veins”) and Redcliffe descendants.
There is a $35 admission fee which includes lunch & snacks, a special booklet created for the workshop, resources for researching and documenting the lives of enslaved women, and a free tour of Redcliffe Plantation SHS. Spots for this symposium are limited. Participants must register in advance. You can register for the event by calling 803-827-1473 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Program details will be mailed or emailed at the beginning of November to registered participants.
For more information please contact Elizabeth Laney, Redcliffe Plantation Park Interpreter at 803-827-1473 or email email@example.com.
On Tuesday, September 10th, the last Who Do You Think You Are? will feature Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory. I hope you can catch it.
Preserving Your Treasures
A program that shares tips for caring for your treasures and gives the general public a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes world of museums
Beginning Saturday, September 7 and continuing on Saturday, September 16, Amanda Klaus, Registrar at the Augusta Museum of History, will escort visitors in the collection preparation area at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., giving the public the opportunity to see the Museum’s Processing Laboratory. The Museum’s Registrar will demonstrate how the Museum collects, catalogs, preserves, studies, cares for, and displays artifacts and archival collections.
The Augusta Museum of History is responsible for of a broad and diverse range of artifacts, representing many aspects of the rich history of the CSRA. The goal of this hour-long presentation is to show visitors how historically important objects reach the Museum and how they are evaluated, cleaned, and stored. All of the relevant considerations, such as infestation, temperature and relative humidity levels, light levels, and composition of storage materials will be explained. The visitor will understand how these processes are central to the Museum’s broader mission of the preservation and interpretation of history.
Space is limited to ten participants per session and participation is on a first come, first serve basis. Groups are encouraged to contact the Museum at (706) 722-8454 regarding availability.
Preserving History is open to the general public and FREE with the cost of regular admission. Museum hours are 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is $4 for Adults, $3 for Seniors, $2 for Children, and Free for Children under Age 5 and Museum Members. For more information, please contact the Museum at (706) 722-8454 or visit www.augustamuseum.org.
It’s that time again! We will hold a Beginner’s Genealogy Workshop on September 14th at 10:00 am. This workshop is for people who don’t know how to get started with their genealogy. Call 706-826-1511 for a reservation.