The Lives of Enslaved Women

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 redcliffe@scprt.com. 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 elaney@scprt.com. A flyer and tentative schedule for the event are attached to this email.

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Which Grandparent Are You Most Related to?

“Your family tree says you inherited 25 percent of your ancestry from each. Genetics says you didn’t.”

by Razib Khan

This is a very interesting article from the Slate that explains family genetics.

 

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Native Peoples of the CSRA

This Saturday, November 2nd, join us for a very interesting program presented by Dr. Thomas Jennings and Dr. Ashley Smallwood about the Native Americans who lived in the Augusta area. Learn about the tribes, the sites and m-692work that is going on.

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Spooky Tales!

It’s October… time for the Heritage Council of North Augusta’s Annual SPOOKY TALES!
Join us on Thursday, October 24th, at 7:00 p.m. at Lookaway Inn, located at 103 West Forest Avenue, North Augusta, when we present MR. WALKER POSEY of Posey Funeral Home as our featured speaker.

Admission is $5.00 per person; FREE for members of the Heritage Council of North Augusta. Join that evening and admission will be waived. Refreshments will be served.
This is a fundraising and membership event for the Heritage Council and is made possible by our sponsors, Lookaway Inn & Posey Funeral Home.

For more information, contact Brenda at 803-270-9400.

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Native American Symposium

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

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Greenblatt Library exhibit

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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

Source: http://reeselibrary.wordpress.com/2013/10/15/coming-soon-the-george-washington-and-medicine-exhibit/

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Some history events this week and next:

- 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 spcoll@gru.edu.

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
non-members.

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
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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.

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Camp Lawton Program

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

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Veteran’s Curation Program

Veteran’s Curation Program

On Display

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.

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Walk with the Spirits

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.

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