Perfectly Aged: Historic Augusta’s Benefit Auction

Perfectly Aged: Historic Augusta’s Benefit Auction

Support the mission of Historic Augusta by attending its annual benefit auction on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 6:30 pm. The event will take place at Saint Paul’s River Room at 605 Reynolds Street. The evening will feature hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, raffle, and silent auction of unique experiences, antiques, and wine. Tickets are $100 per person or $50 per person age 35 and under. For tickets and information, contact Historic Augusta at 706-724-0436

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Sweet Tea Trolley Tours

ENTERTAINMENT TROLLEY TOUR: From 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 22, Don Rhodes will be the host of an entertainment sites tour of North Augusta leaving from and returning to the North Augusta Municipal Center, 100 Georgia Ave., as part of the North Augusta Sweet Tea Series Trolley Rides.

Tickets are $5 for Heritage Council of North Augusta members and $10 for others. Email or visit

As of this writing, 24 of the 35 available seats were reserved, but a second tour from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. might be added if the interest is there.

Other Sweet Tea trolley tours will be Milledge Murray and Wayne O’Bryant hosting a tour of North Augusta’s black and white churches on Sunday, July 27, and John Menger hosting a tour of people and places of North Augusta on Sunday, Aug. 24.

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Local Filmmaker Nominated for Emmy

Matthew Buzzell nominated for Emmy Award
June 4, 2014 Kelly Jasper 1 Comment

Augusta, Ga. – Matthew Buzzell, Assistant Professor of Communications at Georgia Regents University, has been nominated for an Emmy Award for his work as a consulting producer on a recent feature-length documentary.

Not Yet Begun To Fight explores the therapeutic value of fly fishing for combat veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Buzzell’s contribution to the film earned him a nomination in the category of Topical Documentary. He also served as co-composer of the film’s score. Winners will be announced on Saturday, June 7, at the 2014 Northwest Emmy Awards Banquet in Seattle, Wa.

“It was an honor to receive this nomination, and an even greater honor to work on this film,” Buzzell said. “Not Yet Begun To Fight captures the struggle of so many veterans returning from war. It’s deeply moving to participate in a project dedicated to telling their stories.”

A winner at numerous film festivals, Not Yet Begun To Fight made its national broadcast premiere on PBS television in November 2013. Just weeks before his death, legendary film critic Roger Ebert gave the film “two thumbs up!” Not Yet Begun To Fightreceived a total of three nominations from the Northwest Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences: Direction/Post-Production, Editing, and Topical Documentary.

Buzzell is co-chair of The Cinema Series at GRU and instructs students in the Television and Cinema track of the GRU Department of Communications. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama from The University of the North Carolina School of the Arts and a Masters of Fine Arts in Directing from the American Film Institute. He has previously collaborated with a number of artists, including Sacha Baron Cohen, Diana Krall, Elvis Costello, Patti LaBelle, and Jimmy Scott.

For more information on Not Yet Begun To Fight, visit For more information on The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, visit

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Exhibit Space

This is a call out to artists, craftspeople and collectors in the CSRA. Beginning July 1, the Georgia History and Genealogy Room at the Augusta Public Library will have exhibition space available. We are 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

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Community Events

May 22, Th. – “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle.” A film documentary of Richard and
Mildred Loving’s interracial marriage, which led to their arrest and a Supreme Court case in Virginia
in 1965. After the screening, a discussion will be facilitated by attorney William C. Coleman and GRU’s
Dr. Lee Ann Caldwell, director of the Center for the Study of Georgia History. It will be held at the
Augusta-Richmond County Public Library, first floor multi-purpose room, 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more
information, please call (706) 722-8454.

May 22, Th. – Historic Augusta’s Cotton Ball, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dinner will be provided by Outback
Steakhouse. There will be a cash bar, mint juleps, music and an opportunity to mingle in a historic
setting. 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. For more information,
call (706) 724-0436 or visit

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GRU Event — Book Discussion Series on Civil War — 4/26/14

GRU University Libraries last meeting of the “Let’s Talk About It: Understanding the American Civil War” book discussion series will take place on April 26, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. on the second floor of the Summerville Campus Reese Library.

Participants can still check out book sets from Reese Library during normal operating hours. The last discussion again examines excerpts from America’s War edited by noted historian Edward Ayers. Created to support the Let’s Talk About It series, the selections in America’s War include works of historical fiction and interpretation, speeches, diaries, memoirs, biographies, and short stories. Together, these readings provide a glimpse of the vast sweep and profound breadth of Americans’ war among and against themselves, adding crucial voices to our understanding of the war and its meaning. Discussion will be led by GRU professor and head of History, Anthropology and Philosophy, Hubert van Tuyll. The list of readings from this volume can be found on the series website

All events for “Let’s Talk About It: Understanding the American Civil War” are free and open to the public. Funding to support this series is provided by the Georgia Humanities Council.

For more information, visit the GRU Libraries Presents “Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War” web page at

or send an e-mail to   or   call 706-667-4904.

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Lucy Craft Laney

February 22 at 11:00 in the HQ Library Auditorium, Dr. Kent Leslie will present a program about Lucy Craft Laney. Dr. Leslie is finishing up a new book about Miss Laney. Please join us to learn about a person who continues to be so important to Augusta.

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The Augusta Museum of History Presents the Freedom Riders

A film that is part of Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle Film Series

Augusta, Georgia (2/14/14) –The first in the series that the Augusta Museum of History will be presenting is the film the Freedom Riders on February 20, 2014 in University Hall, Georgia Regents University Augusta campus. From May until November in 1961, 400 plus black and white Americans risked their lives and withstood beatings riding interstate transportation together through the Deep South. This was their non-violent activism for desegregation. Why did the “Freedom Riders” inspire so much hope and fear. What happened to them?

The film screening will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Mr. Clint Bryant, Georgia Regents University’s Director of Athletics. Dr. Lee Ann Caldwell, Georgia Regents University Historian and Director of the Center for Georgia Studies will be serving as Humanities Scholar.

The Augusta Museum of History is one of 473 institutions across the country awarded a set of four films chronicling the history of the Civil rights movement. The other powerful documentaries, The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, and The Loving Story, include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all.

Date: February 20, 2014

Time: 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location: University Hall, Georgia Regents University, Summerville Campus, Room 170

Cost: FREE

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Discovering Dave: Spirit Captured in Clay

The third program in the Heritage Council of North Augusta’s Black History Series will be on Tuesday, February 18th. Join us as we present “Discovering Dave: Spirit Captured in Clay.” The remarkable slave potter “Dave” is featured in this film by filmmaker Mark Albertin and George “Buddy” Wingard. It will be shown at 2nd Providence Baptist Church, located at 1202 Old Edgefield Road in North Augusta, at 7:00 p.m.

This program is free to the public; for more information, please call Brenda Baratto at 803-270-9400.

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Black History Month Events

The following is a list of Black History Month events sponsored and/or hosted by local organizations:

GRU will use the national theme for Black History Month which is “The Golden Jubilee:  Celebrating 50 years after the Civil Rights Movement.”  Various local events, non-GRU as well as GRU, include the following:

– The downtown public library at 823 Telfair St. will host the “Witness to the Holocaust Traveling Exhibit” Jan. 24 through Feb. 7.  It features photos by WWII vet William Alexander Scott III, son of the founder of the first black-owned daily paper in Atlanta, the Atlanta Daily World.  Scott III was also a photographer in a segregated battalion of the U.S. Army during the war.  His photo essay “draws parallels between the Jim Crow Laws and the Nuremberg Race Laws of 1935-1945 implemented in Germany and Nazi-controlled areas of Europe.”

– The Maxwell Branch Library at 1927 Lumpkin Rd. will host a talk on Jan. 30 Mon., 6-7 p.m.  Dr. Angela Bratton of GRU will talk about “Africa:  Diverse Ways of Defining Family and Marriage.”

Feb. 1 Sat. – Laney Craft Laney Museum Heritage Gala will be held at the Marriott downtown, 6-10 p.m.  There will be dinner, live music and a silent auction.  Keynote speaker will be Zena Howard, who is experienced with working with libraries, museum and cultural facilities, public and private institutions, etc.  Tickets $75/person.  Contact the museum at 706-724-3576 for information and ticket purchases.  Deadline for ticket purchases is Jan. 21.

Feb. 5 Wed., 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Brown Bag History Talk at Augusta Museum of History at 560 Reynolds St.:  “Slavery and Its Impact:  1840-1870” by Dr. Bobby Donaldson.  Description:  Dr. Donaldson is Associate Professor of History of the University of South Carolina.  Brown Bag will provide beverages beginning 11:30 a.m., patrons bring their own lunch.  Free to AMH members, $3 for non-members.  Reservations are not required.

Feb. 5 Wed., 6:00 p.m. – The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History will co-host the program “Before the Movement and After the Act:  Black Augusta Since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – A Community Forum” at the Laney Museum at 1116 Phillips St.  The event is co-hosted with The Department of History/Anthropology & Philosophy, Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences of Georgia Regents University.  Host will be Dr. Perzavia T. Praylow of GRU.  Panelists will include Dr. Charles E. Goodman of Tabernacle Baptist Church and members of the community.  For additional information, please contact Dr. Praylow via e-mail at

Feb. 16 Sun. – GRU Black Student Union Gospel Extravaganza, 3-6 p.m., Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre.

Feb. 17 Mon. – Buffalo Soldiers Day at Summerville campus.  See and hear re-enactors and find out information on those brave historic soldiers.  More details TBA.

Feb. 19 Wed. – Laney Museum Historian Awards Program, 5 p.m., at the museum at 1116 Phillips St.

Feb. 22 Sat., 11 a.m. at the downtown public library at 823 Telfair St., room B, 1st floor.  The library will feature a Black History Month program on Lucy Laney.  Speaker Dr. Kent Anderson Leslie will talk about her almost completed biography on Miss Laney and will note “little known facts about Miss Laney’s life and legacy.”

Feb. 24 Mon., 4-5 p.m.  The GRU Department of English and Foreign Languages and FLAIR will host a panel titled “Images and Memories of Africa” at GRU Summerville campus in Allgood Hall, room E-251.  It will be presented in English by Dr. Liana Babayan, GRU Assistant Professor of French, and Dr. Eronini Egbujor, Paine College Associate Professor of French/GRU Adjunct Instructor of French.  For more information, contact Jana Sandarg at

Feb. 27 Thurs. – GRU Reese Library will present a Black History Month program featuring Lucy Craft Laney.  Speaker will be Dr. Kent Anderson Leslie.  Time will be 2:00 p.m., location University Hall, Room 157.

Mar. 8 Sat. – Paine College Cemetery Tours at Cedar Grove, 120 Watkins St.  Walk through the historic cemetery and see and hear costumed speakers talk about the many famous heroes, sheroes and other remarkable inhabitants.  Hours TBA.

Mar. 22 Sat. – Laney Museum Black History Quiz Bowl.  Hours TBA

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