Win a handcrafted candlestick holder forged in our blacksmith shop!

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Our Blacksmith Shop Interpreter Steven Bartlett forged this beautiful, historically accurate iron candlestick holder and now you have a chance to win it! All raffle proceeds support educational programming here at the History Center. Tickets are $3 each. The more tickets you buy, the more chances you have to win! You must enter by midnight on October 11th. The winner will be announced Monday, October 12th. Make your donation now at the link below. We appreciate your support! Good luck!

Raffle Ticket Donations

In addition to the funds provided by membership fees, the Northeast Georgia History Center relies on the generous support of donors and sponsors to sustain operations and fulfill its mission. As an independent, non-profit organization, we do not receive operational funding from government agencies. Our 501-C-3 status means donations are tax-deductible (as allowed by IRS regulations.)

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Donors who give $1500 or more in a calendar year to our operational fund are designated Partners. This level of outstanding financial support provides the necessary funds that enable us to more effectively fulfill our mission of preserving and sharing the history of Northeast Georgia.

All Partners receive the following benefits:

  • Free admission to all exhibits, the Chief Whitepath Cabin, and the American Freedom Garden.
  • Invitations to special events, including monthly forums.
  • Monthly History Center newsletters.

Free admission to all of our educational programs

  • A 15% discount on Gift Shop purchases and rental of History Center facilities.

Recognition of your support at all major History Center events

Partner ($1500 Annually)

  • All of the above benefits plus an invitation for two to the annual Taste of History

Patron Partner ($2500 Annually)

  • All of the above benefits plus one docent-led private tour (for up to 12 persons) of exhibits.
  • Two History Center annual Family Memberships to give as gifts.

Benefactor Partner ($5000 Annually)

  • All of the above benefits plus an invitation for four to the annual Taste of History
  • Exclusive sponsorship of a special exhibit or program.


The Northeast Georgia History Center offers a variety of opportunities for businesses and individuals to sponsor special events, programs, temporary exhibits, educational programs and exhibit improvements.

  • Special Events: the annual major fundraiser, the Taste of History; and the New Gainesville Chautauqua.
  • Programs: monthly forums, featuring history-related topics and outstanding speakers; special speakers in conjunction with exhibits, events, or special calendar dates.
  • Educational Programs: Adventure Time! day camps; school tours; home-school programs; monthly Family Days.

GIVING to the History Center offers a distinctive way to honor or memorialize an individual. Both the honoree and the donor are listed in our monthly newsletter.

HISTORIC OBJECTS are an essential part of telling the story of our region.

GIVING TO ENDOWMENT FUNDS provides a unique way to ensure on-going income for our future. Currently, the History Center maintains two funds that provide earnings for operations.

  • The Ada Mae Ivester Education Fund provides earnings to enhance our educational programming efforts.
  • The John Jacobs Jr. Freedom Garden Fund makes it possible to maintain the Garden, ensuring that the space properly preserves the beauty necessary for honoring our veterans.

VOLUNTEERING opportunities abound at the History Center and include serving at the reception desk, helping with a special event, working on a committee, providing guided tours as a docent, or assisting with a special short-term project. Time commitments vary, from just a few hours to regular, monthly service. More information and the volunteer application form are available on the following link: Volunteering


If you have questions or ideas about these or other means for supporting the Northeast Georgia History Center, please contact us at 770-297-5900 or

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The Northeast Georgia History Center at Brenau University - 322 Academy St NE Gainesville, GA 30501 - 770.297.5900 -