Lives of Enslaved Women at Redcliffe Plantation

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 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

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Last “Who Do You Think You Are?” of the Season

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.

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Preserving Your Treasures

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

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September Beginner’s Genealogy Workshop

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.

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Brown Bag History Series September Lecture

Business, Southern-Style
September’s Brown Bag History Series Lecture

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA (8/20/13) – As part of its continuing Brown Bag History Series, the Augusta Museum of History presents, Business, Southern-Style a talk given by Dr. Marc Miller, on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. His talk will include the economic history of the United States which began with trade, merchants, and agriculture. He will address what made doing business southern style over the years so unique.

Dr. Miller is the Dean of the Hull College of Business, Georgia Regents University, Summerville Campus. The Hull College has a network of over 7,000 alumni located across the United States. Over the last six years, the Hull College has initiated key programs in response to the educational needs of the Augusta and the state of Georgia as a whole. These initiatives include the Knox School of Accountancy, the MIS Undergraduate Degree, the Blanchard Center for Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility and a revamp of the Hull College study abroad programs.

He is currently the chair of the Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization and on the board of directors for Junior Achievement and the Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce. His research interests include e-Commerce, Technology Transfer, and Higher Education Administration.

Dr. Miller, a Texas native, was raised in Augusta and graduated from the business school when it was known as Augusta College. He received his doctorate from Auburn University. His career in academia includes the State University of West Georgia where he was chairperson of the Department of Management and Business Systems.

The Brown Bag History Series is an educational lecture series provided monthly by the Augusta Museum of History, and is an ideal lunch-time break for downtown professionals, retirees, and students. The lectures are free to Museum members and $3 for non-members. Participants should bring a lunch and the Museum will only be providing beverages. Lunch can begin as early as 11:30 a.m.; the lecture runs from 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

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Dollar Dog Days

The Augusta Museum of History will be holding their annual Augusta Dollar Dog Days this August. What does this mean? Whenever you visit the museum during the month of August, you will only have to pay $1 admission!


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AGS Annual Homecoming

Augusta Genealogical Society [AGS] is pleased to announce the details for its 34th annual AGS Homecoming Event to be held on Saturday, 10 August 2013, in cooperation the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library at 823 Telfair Street, Augusta, GA.

The featured speaker, Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FVGS, is a professional genealogist whose primary interest is Virginia Research. Please join us in learning how to track those illusive Virginia ancestors and learn tricks which might assist in breaking through brick walls in other states.

Registration ends August 1st! Please call the Augusta Genealogical Society to pre-register: 706-722-4073.


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Who Do You Think You Are?

Kelly ClarksonThe season kick-off is Tuesday night, July 23rd, at 8 pm on TLC. Kelly Clarkson’s past will be unlocked.

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New England ancestors- Ancestry Free Access is offering free access to their New England collection featuring updated birth, death, marriage and census records. You can search for your ancestors through July 21st.

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History of Health Sciences Lecture Series

“Treasures within the Historical Collections & Archives” will be the fourth lecture in Greenblatt Library’s History of the Health Sciences Lecture Series. Bring your own lunch and join us in the HCA (room 225) in the Greenblatt Library on Wednesday, July 31 at 12:00 noon. Renée Sharrock, curator, will present a history of the Library and showcase rare books and artifacts preserved in the Historical Collections & Archives. Please contact Ms. Sharrock at for more information. For Google Map directions to the Greenblatt Library:

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