This past weekend we had a change of pace from our usual Sunday Family Day schedule and presented The 1830s: Frontier No More as a special Saturday offering in conjunction with our partner, The Quinlan Art Center. One of the purposes in working with the Quinlan is to drive visitation to and between our organizations and on our end we were quite successful, with three times our usual Saturday admissions!
Those who attended saw a variety of interpretations and demonstrations, and also had the chance do hands-on activities. In the cabin school room Atlanta Historic Dance showed off women’s fashion of the 1830s while also demonstrating period dance with guests. On the front porch of the cabin volunteers demonstrated corn grinding with stump and maul and let guests try their own hand at grinding. Around the fire pit behind the cabin and in the Amphitheatre History Center staff interpreted the arms, uniform, equipment, and daily life of U.S. Army Regulars – from their role in protecting the Cherokee from Georgia Militia in the early 1830s to removing them in the late 1830s.
We hope you made it out to this very successful event, but if you weren’t able to make sure that you catch our Chautauqua series the second Tuesday in June, July, and August before Family Days start again in September!
- Director of Education Ken Johnston
To see a video of a drill and firing demo from this Family Day, click here!****
Have you taken our new Hall County History Quiz? Over 300 people have taken it so far! This quiz focuses on Hall County's early history and is part of a series of quizzes that will cover the Northeast Georgia region. It's a great way to gauge how much folks know about our region and a fun way for our quiztakers to learn more about their community. You can take the quiz by clicking here!
From the Archives this week is a Columbia graphophone record with the eldest daughter of President Woodrow Wilson, Margaret Woodrow Wilson, singing "My Old Kentucky Home." This record was made in 1915 during the San Francisco World's Fair as a souvenir for the event. You can listen to a recording of the record at this link.
Margaret Wilson was born in Gainesville, Georgia in 1886. She served as her father's social hostess at the White House after her mother's death in 1914. Her later years were spent living in India.
New Gainesville Chautauqua 2019 Season: The 1830s – a Decade of Removal
June 11th, July 9th, and August 13th
$6 or Free for Museum Members
Our Chautauqua series for the 2019 season explores the decade of the 1830s; the years that saw the passage of the Indian Removal Act and its implementation, and the treaty negotiations between the Indian Nations and the Federal Government - whether perceived as realistic or perceived as forced. We’ll hear from a Chief who looked to make the best deal as quickly as possible, a Chief who delayed removal as long as possible, and the President who sought to ensure removal as essential to his view of the United States.
June 11 - Cherokee Chief John Ross - portrayed by Alex Morse
Chief Ross in his youth fought with Andrew Jackson against the Red Stick Creek and later caused Jackson considerable trouble by fighting Removal vigorously and vehemently, and who after Removal applauded the murder of fellow Cherokee leaders for signing the treaty of removal with the Federal Government – but also made sure that his own brother got the Government contract to provide food, lodging, and transportation in the final phase of what became known as the Trail of Tears.
July 9 - Choctaw Chief Greenwood LeFlore - portrayed by Matt House
Chief Leflore negotiated and signed the treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek within four months of the passage of the Removal Act, thus securing the best lands in the Indian Territory for the Choctaw – and then stayed behind in Mississippi while his tribe went west, taking U.S. Citizenship and becoming a wealthy cotton planter who owned 400 slaves and 15,000 acres of land.
August 13 – President Andrew Jackson – portrayed by Ken Johnston
Andrew Jackson, the man perceived in the popular imagination as being almost single-handedly responsible for the Indian Removal Act and the resultant Trail of Tears. Jackson could be ambivalent regarding Native Americans, treating the Red Stick Creek as enemies at Horseshoe Bend, while the Cherokee and Choctaw as allies at Horseshoe Bend and New Orleans, respectively. Whether Jackson viewed Indian Nations as enemies or allies, though, his first and overriding priority was White settlement and expansion; and as Jackson saw it the Nations had best accommodate Removal for their own good - regardless of how the Native American Nations themselves saw it.
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Inside the millinery shop owned and operated by Bertie and Augusta Herndon in Hart County, Georgia in 1910.