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Newsletter April 8-12
April 12, 2019

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We had a phenomenal show of generosity during our Taste of History fundraiser last night celebrating the life and service of Nathan and Sandra Deal at Lanier Technical College. The former Governor and First Lady of Georgia were honored in the presence of over 500 people including their former staff and colleagues, Georgia State Senator Butch Miller, and U.S. Rep. Doug Collins. A special video of interviews with former staff, friends, and the Deals themselves was presented to the audience. Interviews were led by Phil Hudgins and edited by our Director of Media & Communications Libba Beaucham in the Cottrell Digital Studio.


Proceeds from the fundraiser will further our mission to be an educational resource to the community. A minimum of $35,000 will go toward the REACH scholarship in honor of the Deals. A highlight of the night was exceeding our goal of $10,000 to develop a one-on-one tutoring program for low-income students in Hall County who struggle with reading. Over $50,000 was raised within minutes! For more information on the tutoring program and how to donate please visit: Hall County Reading Program.

We are so grateful to everyone who made this special night possible!


  • Lynn & Mike Cottrell
  • Peggy & Jim Walters
  • Mary Hart & Philip Wilheit


  • V. Kay & M. Douglas Ivester Foundation
  • Northeast Georgia Health System
  • Rochester & Associates
  • Wayne Capital
  • Willis Investments / Bob Willis


  • Loveanne & John Addison
  • The Chantal & Tommy Bagwell Foundation, Inc.
  • Carroll Daniel Construction
  • Fieldale Farms
  • Georgia Department of Natural Resources
  • Georgia Ports Authority
  • Georgia World Congress Center
  • King’s Hawaiian
  • Kubota Manufacturing Company
  • Memorial Park Funeral Homes
  • Theresa & Butch Miller
  • Hart & Jeff Payne
  • Pruitt Healthcare
  • Syfan Logistics
  • University of North Georgia
  • University System of Georgia Board of Regents


  • Joanne & W.A. Bagwell
  • Brenau University
  • Drs. Patricia & John Burd
  • Gail & David Chester
  • Cresswind at Lake Lanier
  • State Representative Matt Dubnik
  • Electronic Sales Company / Jackie & Counte Cooley
  • Friends of The Deals / Bobby & Dallas Gay
  • City of Gainesville
  • Gainesville Mechanical
  • Georgia Power
  • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce
  • Hall County Government
  • Cathy & Tony Herdener
  • Jack Hodge
  • Jackson EMC
  • Lanier Technical College Foundation
  • Lanier Village Estates Residents
  • State Senator Butch Miller
  • Enrique Montiel
  • Piedmont College
  • Beckie & Dave Smith
  • Stewart, Melvin & Frost
  • Regina & Jim Southerland
  • Wanda & Bob Swoszowski
  • Turner, Wood & Smith
  • Cheryl & Jerry Vandiver
  • Margaret & Jeffrey Whalen


  • Springer Mountain Farms
  • Georgia Crown Distributing,
  • Milton Martin Honda
  • Lanier Technical College

To see photos from the event, visit our Facebook album: Taste of History 2019

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Programs at the History Center this week showcased the wide age range of guests we serve, with the retired ladies of the Local Study Group from Gainesville and 4th graders from Riverview Elementary in Dawsonville dropping by.

The students of Riverview got to interact with Harriet Tubman, portrayed by Chiara Richardson, in one of our Museum Theatre programs in the Ivester Education Center. Chiara took questions from the students in character, and then out of character as herself to answer things Harriet couldn’t – such as what year Harriet died! The members of the Local Study group had a hands-on Living History program with our Director of Education, Ken Johnston, on the 18th century Anglo-Cherokee Deer Skin trade – with a couple of the ladies draping themselves with a deerskin! All in all an excellent illustration of our programming’s diverse appeal.


Harriet Tubman, portrayed by Chiara Richardson, with the students of Riverview Elementary


Local Study Group after their program with Director of Education Ken Johnston

family day home life camp life

The theme of this month’s Family Day is Civil War home life and camp life, and there are a couple of specific aspects of the program we’d like to highlight in the newsletter.

One is social/recreational activities that are happening both in camp with the soldiers and with families at home. Games are a large part of that, so we’ll have dice, card, and board games that are representative of home and camp recreation. Another social recreation activity to be presented is dance – important with soldier and civilian alike, our guests this weekend will have the opportunity to join us and kick up their heels doing a period dance. Join us this Sunday April 14 from 1pm to 4pm for our last Family Day of the season!


David French and Ken Johnston interpret the Civil War infantryman and sailor

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April 6th marked 83 years since the devastating tornado of 1936 in Gainesville, Georgia. The tornado was actually two tornadoes that merged into a category F4 tornado. Much of downtown Gainesville and its residential areas were destroyed. Over 200 were killed, 1,600 injured, and 2,000 left homeless. President Franklin Roosevelt visited Gainesville just three days after the tornado and later returned in 1938 when much of the city was rebuilt. Within our archives are newspaper articles from the Gainesville Eagle about the tornado. The articles have stunning images and details from that disastrous day.

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To see more photos, visit our Facebook album at: 1936 Tornado

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With our Civil War Family Day event coming up, we are offering a 20% discount on Crossroads of Conflict: a Guide to Civil War Sites in Georgia. This is a great gift for the history buff in your life and an excellent way to support the History Center. You can purchase the book in person at our gift shop or online from our Ebay store: Crossroads of Conflict.

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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.

Forum: The War Outside My Window
Tuesday, May 14th 7-8PM
$3 General Admission or Free for Members
Writer and Historian Janet Elizabeth Croon speaks on the Civil War journals of young Macon resident Leroy Wiley Gresham, who suffered a debilitating accident before the war, and whose chronicling of his own slow death was in tandem with the rise and demise of the Confederacy.

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