AGS June Workshop

Jim Jordan will share his success in his second career as historian at the AGS June program entitled “Gazaway Bugg Lamar, Augusta Native, Battles the Federal Government — and Wins.” Jordan recently purchased a large collection of Lamar papers which had been stored in a trunk in New Jersey and “lost” for over a hundred years until he donated them to the Georgia Historical Society in 2011, a gesture that Todd Groce, GHS president, called “an extraordinary gift.” Augustans are very familiar with the Lamar family, and many members are named in our publication Summerville Cemetery. Gazaway Lamar built a fortune in shipping, banking, and cotton factoring and was the embodiment of the entrepreneurial spirit of the nineteenth century. He was a strong supporter of southern state rights and engaged in procuring armaments for Georgia, blockade running, and offering advice to Confederate leaders. His greatest business challenge after the Civil War was seeking compensation for his property seized by the federal government, the action described by Jordan in the program about Lamar’s large settlement with the Southern Claims Commission six months before his death.

Jim Jordan’s professional career was spent in New York and England as a financial analyst and financial systems consultant before his retirement to Callawassie Island, South Carolina. About ten years ago, he began enjoying public speaking on historical topics and guiding tours in Savannah. His historical novel, Savannah Grey: A Tale of Antebellum Georgia, was nominated for the Michael Shaara award for Excellence in Civil War fiction in 2007. His articles have appeared in the Georgia Historical Quarterly and The Journal of Military History. He is currently working on a sequel to the popular Savannah Grey. The one-hour program at 3 p.m. at the Augusta Museum of History is free and open to the public.

The program at the Augusta History Museum on 6 June 2013 is free and open to the public. Ample parking is available from the Sixth Street or Broad Street entrances at the Augusta Museum.


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Free Military Records on Ancestry Through Memorial Day!


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Who Do You Think You Are?

Yes, TV’s favorite reality show featuring celebrities uncovering their genealogy is coming back to television! Who Do You Think You Are? will be airing on TLC on July 23! You can read more about the show’s new season highlights here:

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Create A Seven Generation Ancestry Tree


Join us on Saturday, June 8th, to create a seven generation ancestry tree. We will supply the tree on heavy card stock. All you need to bring are the names of your ancestors. The program will start at 2:00 in the afternoon.


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Sorting Fact from Fiction: President Wilson’s Grandparents’ Immigration Story

The Augusta Genealogical Society and the Augusta Museum of History are partnering with Erick Montgomery of Historic Augusta to present the program “Sorting Fact from Fiction: President Wilson’s Grandparents’ Immigration Story. The program will be held on Thursday, May 2, at 3pm, at the Augusta Museum of History and is free and open to the public.

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May Historic Downtown Library Tour

Once again Erick Montgomery, the director of Historic Augusta, will lead a walking tour of downtown historic Augusta. This time we will go down 9th Street to Broad Street and back again. Bring your walking shoes and your cameras!

May 11th
10:30 am

Meet at the Georgia Heritage Room
Augusta-Richmond County Public Library

Please call 706-826-1511 to reserve your spot.

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Southern Cooking

May’s Brown Bag History Series Lecture

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA (4/22/13) – As part of its continuing Brown Bag History Series, the Augusta Museum of History presents, Southern Cooking a talk given by Barbara Howard Ross, on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. Her talk will include information about the development of Southern cuisine, the iconic foods and beverages, and identify local dishes.

Mrs. Howard is currently chef and owner of 5 O’clock Bistro on 2111 Kings Way, right off of Central Avenue. She has taught culinary arts at Harlem High School and Grovetown High School. Mrs. Howard has a Master’s degree in Education and received her culinary training at Johnson and Wales University in Miami and the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley. She is a local girl originally from Waynesboro, Georgia who was fortunate enough to travel the world. She has two children, a son Don Howard who is married to Merridith Howard and they have little boy name Tripp (Barbara’s joy and love); a daughter, Laura Burns who is married to Robert Burns and they live in Scotland. Her favorite foods to prepare are pastries especially the 5 O’Clock Bistro Cheese Cake.

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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Greenblatt Library Lecture

The Greenblatt Library at Georgia Regents University will be presenting the third lecture in their History of the Health Sciences series. “The Chronicle of George and Procuring Specimens for the Teaching of Anatomy” will take place on Friday, April 26 from 12 noon- 1pm in Room 108. George, the star of the lecture, is a mummified body that was used as an anatomical cadaver by MCG students. The lecture is free and open to the public. Please contact Renee Sharrock at 706-721-3444 if you have any questions.

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Historic Augusta’s Annual Cotton Ball

Thursday, May 16, 2013
6:30-9:30 pm

At the home of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond John Doumar
2644 Henry Street

Historic Augusta’s annual Cotton Ball is an opportunity to mingle in a historic setting while enjoying a delicious meal, drinks, mint juleps, and great music. Admission to the Cotton Ball is by current, new or renewing membership in Historic Augusta, Inc., which is open to all who are interested in preserving our city’s historic places. Memberships start at just $50 for individuals and $85 for couples. For more information call Historic Augusta at 706-724-0436.

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2013 Downtown Loft Tour

May 3-4, 2013

May is National Historic Preservation Month. Celebrate by taking an intimate look inside historic buildings in the Augusta Downtown Historic District during the annual Downtown Loft Tour. All proceeds benefit the projects and programs of Historic Augusta. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 during the tour. For tickets and more information, call Historic Augusta at 706-724-0436.

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