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Newsletter April 1-5
April 05, 2019

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It's been an unusually quiet week at the History Center with students and teachers on Spring Break, but we did have a significant increase in visitor attendance with many families using their vacation time to visit us! With thousands of artifacts on display and our historic structures, there's a lot to explore here at the History Center. The White Path Cabin is among the most popular things to see.

The Whitepath Cabin is the 18th century home of the Cherokee tribal leader White Path. White Path was a member of the Cherokee National Council and led a large group of followers that believed the Cherokee should retain their traditions, culture, and religion. He later died in 1838 during the Cherokee removal. The cabin was built in 1780 near the site of present day Ellijay, Georgia by White Path’s parents. The cabin was abandoned for decades until it was relocated to its current site in 1995 under the direction of Counte Cooley, a descendant of White Path, and of James Mathis. Today the cabin interprets domestic life of the 1800s as well as a one-room schoolhouse.


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We are privileged to have a supportive, skilled, and dedicated Board of Directors here at the History Center. We're excited to welcome three new members this year!

Chuck Debose is a partner at Stewart, Melvin, & Frost. Chuck specializes in workers compensation law and also has an interest in history, especially the American Civil War. Welcome, Chuck!

Ron Stowe is a retired pilot for Delta, having flown around the world for over 30 years. Among his interests is video production, which include videos of the many places he's traveled during his career. Welcome, Ron!

Scott McLendon is a graduate of the University of Georgia and is a trained landscape architect. Among his many skills and interests, he enjoys graphic design. Scott has helped us on numerous occasions with his design skills. Welcome, Scott!

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We are honored to celebrate the life and service of Nathan and Sandra Deal next week for what is sure to be a memorable event. We are presenting a special video produced in the Cottrell Digital Studio in which friends and former colleagues of the Deals discuss their experiences working with the former Governor and First Lady of Georgia. Phil Hudgins led the interviews and our Director of Media & Communications Libba Beaucham filmed and edited the videos. Nathan and Sandra invited Phil and Libba to their lovely home for an interview which will be included in the presentation. Many wonderful stories were collected and will be archived at the History Center for future generations to enjoy.

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Sandra and Nathan Deal during their interview

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We have many yearbooks in our archives spanning from the early 1900s to the 1970s. This yearbook from Gainesville High School in 1933 titled the Radiator was particularly interesting as its students dedicated the yearbook to the Depression stating:

In an endless cycle life revolves and those who live it must turn with the wheel. We, of the Gainesville High School, have gone through life's latest downward cycle and feel the benefits have outweighed the evils. We have learned more about ourselves, of the spiritual sides of life, putting aside the material things and living in a higher and by far richer realm. Knowing, therefore, that we have gained, we believe it most fitting to dedicate this, the 1933 Radiator to the Depression.

Despite living through tough times, the class of 1933 had a wonderful sense of humor. They wrote a "Last Will and Testament" in which certain "rights, privileges, and property" were bequeathed to members of the next senior class:

I "Jinny" Stallworth, will my outstanding ability to blush when spoken to, to Francis Saine.

I, Martha Newton, do will and bequeath to Kathern Hosch, my right to get caught eating candy in Mrs. Johnson's English class.

We, Charles Dawkins and James Carter, will our title as "pests of 11A" to Ray Bowen and Hugh Barrett.

I, Carl Puckett, will to John Cash the right to reach Green Street within at least two minutes after the bell rings for lunch.

I, Helen Mill, will to Mary Oliver my stack of 2,200 excuses which I haven't yet had opportunity to use.

I, Carol Elkins, will to Mildred Addington the right to recite poetry from the window in 11C, getting inspiration from something on Oak Street.

Be sure to read the Senior Class Poem and History below!


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Senior Class Picture

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Forum - Music of the American Civil War
Tuesday, April 9th from 7-8 PM
$3 or Free for Members
Union General Philip Sheridan once said that "music has done its share, and more than its share, in winning this war."

Join us to hear David French speak about the music of the American Civil War, and the lives of musicians - both common soldiers and professionals - who kept the armies marching in step. Learn about fifes, drums, bugles, and more as we explore this unique facet of America's greatest cataclysmic.

Presented as part of the Ada Mae Ivester Education Center

Taste of History 2019
Thursday, April 11th at 6PM
Sold Out!
Our annual fundraiser Taste of History will celebrate Sandra and Nathan Deal for their lifetime of service. The event will take place at the Ramsey Conference Center at Lanier Technical College on Thursday, April 11th at 6PM. A plated dinner will be served and we'll have an open bar with beer and wine. Sponsorships of $1,500 and up are available. To purchase tickets or inquire about a sponsorship, please call 770-297-5900.

Family Day The Civil War in North Georgia
Sunday, April 14th from 1-4PM at the History Center
FREE thanks to the Ada Mae Ivester Education Center
An examination of the Civil War's effects in North Georgia, this family-friendly event features living-history demonstrations, hands-on activities, games and museum theater performances.

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