In light of the recent news that Georgia’s only female death row inmate will be executed later this month, the Georgia Heritage Room is presenting, From Deviance to Death Row: A History of Women’s Imprisonment. Kelly Gissendaner who was sentenced to death in 1998 following a conviction for enlisting her lover to kill her husband, will be the second woman in Georgia’s history to be executed. The first, Lena Baker, was electrocuted in 1945 for killing her employer, but later pardoned when it was determined she acted in self-defense.
Join us on Thursday, March 19th at 2:00 pm as Dr. Allison J. Foley, Associate Professor of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Social Work at GRU, discusses female imprisonment and the death penalty.
Reese Library will host panel discussion on Feb. 25
Reese Library will host a discussion titled “Brown vs. Board of Education: A Panel on School Segregation and Integration” on Wednesday, February 25, at the JSAC Coffeehouse from 6:30 to 8 p.m. A little over 60 years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that school segregation was illegal in the landmark case of Brown vs. Board of Education. Join us as we listen to the stories of African Americans who experienced school segregation and those whose lives were transformed by school integration. Parking will be free. For more information about this event, please contact Erin Prentiss at 706-667-4912.
The Augusta-Richmond County Public Library has changed its hours, which changes the Georgia Heritage Room’s hours as well. We are now open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday-Friday, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Saturdays, and closed on Sundays. The Georgia Heritage Room is located on the third floor of the Headquarters Library at 823 Telfair Street, Augusta, Georgia 30901. We are here to assist you with family/genealogy research and local, Georgia and regional historical research. Call (706) 826-1511 or send research queries to email@example.com
The Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library is hosting the Opening Doors: Contemporary African-American Academic Surgeons traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine. This exhibit celebrates the contributions of African-American academic surgeons to medicine and medical education. It was developed and produced by the NLM and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History and Culture. The Opening Doors exhibit is free and open to the public. January 31, 2015 will be the last day of the exhibit.
The Greenblatt Library at GRU’s Health Sciences campus off of Laney-Walker is open:
•Mon-Thu: 7:30 a.m. – Midnight
•Fri: 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
•Sat: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
•Sun: 12:00 noon – 12:00 midnight
For more information, please call the library at 706-721-3441.
As part of a thesis project to complete his music degree at ASU, Robert Hester explored the origins of five slave spirituals written in Augusta, Georgia, and included in the 1867 anthology, Slave Songs of the United States. Mr. Hester will discuss his research and findings, and local African-American choral group, Creative Impressions will perform from the repertoire
The Georgia Heritage Room will exhibit a collection of rare and antique books on loan from historian and writer, Elvin Thompson. Some of the books included are: an 1852 first edition two volume set of UNCLE TOM’S CABIN by Harriet Beecher Stowe, an 1855 first edition of MY BONDAGE AND MY FREEDOM by Frederick Douglass, an 1880 second edition of A FOOL’S ERRAND by Albion W. Tourgee, and many other works. The exhibit will run through the month of February in honor of Black History Month.
This is a call out to artists, craftspeople and collectors in the CSRA. The Georgia Heritage Room at the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library is seeking interesting and unique materials for public display. If you are a collector of vintage memorabilia and ephemera, or a craftsperson seeking an exhibition space for your wares, we will consider giving you the opportunity to show off your work. The exhibit does not necessarily have to be related to local history or genealogy, but first priority will be given to those that do. Exhibits typically run for 8 weeks. Please contact Tina Monaco at 706.826.1511 for details, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Georgia Heritage Room is honored to present author and genealogist, Elvin Thompson on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the main auditorium of the Headquarters Library. Elvin Thompson is a historian who specializes in tracing African American ancestry. He has been conducting genealogical research since 1992, and assists both the novice and advanced genealogist with common problems that arise when researching African American family roots prior to the Civil War. He is also the author of THE BLOOD RUNNING THROUGH MY VEINS, the story of the Burns family from the slave plantations of Autauga County, Alabama.
Please join us in the Georgia Heritage Room on Thursday, January 8th at 2:00 pm for our visiting author book discussion with Robert Mullins. Mr. Mullins will be here to discuss his recently published history of Lake Olmstead, 12 Monkeys & A Green Jacket.
The Augusta-Richmond County Public Library is gearing up for Adult Winter Reading. Please support your local library.