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Newsletter July 15th - 19th
July 21, 2019

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This week was the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. In honor of this truly historic event, we took a look back at the impact and legacy of the moon landing in our latest episode of Then Again with Ken & Glen. We also paid tribute to one of the engineers of the Apollo 11 launch program, Richard Jubin Jr., who was from Gainesville and is buried at the historic Alta Vista Cemetery. Listen and watch at the links below!

Then Again with Ken & Glen: One Giant Leap__

Tribute to Richard Jubin Jr.

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By Director of Education Ken Johnston

Don’t think Summer’s the slow time of year for the History Center just because students are enjoying their break. This is when we’re getting new programs ready for schools and the public, and though the days are long they still go by quickly! We’re excited to have several new options and programs for the 2019-2020 year. Our engaging – and delightful! – Hands On History series for K-2 students will be adding three new finger puppet characters: Mary Musgrove, Sacagawea, and Abraham Lincoln (sporting the tallest hat ever worn on a finger!). Lincoln will also be featured, along with Harriet Tubman, Juliette Gordon Low, and Lewis and Clark in our Quick History series for 3-8 grades. And while all our Family Day programming for the general public is fun and engaging, I especially looking forward to November and March. In November we’ll be exploring an event that’s crucial to Georgia’s struggle with Spanish Florida and also has a fantastic name – the War of Jenkins’ Ear! And in March we taking to heart the adage “man may work from sun to sun, but woman’s work is never done” with Women’s Work – a look at the role of Women as they work at home and in public throughout Georgia history. With all these new offering you can see why we can’t wait for the future so we can bring the past!


Hands On History: Abraham Lincoln

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Family Day: Women's Work

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Our Digital Media Intern, Yovani Lopez, is developing an exhibition that will explore the sacrifices of working-class parents for their children. We are seeking parents that are still supporting their child(ren) financially and work in Hall County with jobs that require extensive physical exertion and/or pose potential risks in the work environment. . Participants will be photographed, preferably at their place of work, and selected photos will be premiered at the exhibition this Fall. If you are or know someone who would be interested in participating in this project, please fill out this brief form.

Submitting a form does not guarantee participation in the exhibition.


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By Lesley Jones, Archives Management Apprentice

From the Archives this week, we look at the second mission to the moon! This December 12, 1969 Life magazine investigates the John Hancock Center in Chicago (completed in 1969), a discussion with B.B. King about his rebirth into blues, and an article with photo gallery dedicated to the Apollo 12 mission. Despite Life magazine selling millions in the 1950s, by the end of the 1960s they reduced its circulation and by 1978 began to run monthly instead of weekly.

The Apollo 12 launched just four months after Apollo 11. The primary goal of the mission was to deploy the Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package (ALSEP) and leave it on the lunar surface to collect data, surveys, and samplings. The crew would leave with over seventy pounds of rocks and dirt, and fifteen pounds of selenological samples. The Apollo 12 is currently on display at the Virginia Air and Space Center as well as the Mercury XIV and the hatch of the Gemini X.


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New Gainesville Chautauqua 2019 Season: The 1830s – a Decade of Removal
August 13th at 7:00 PM
$6 cash/card at the door 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.

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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Two women pose for a photo on their hike in Tallulah Falls, Georgia in 1907. Tallulah Falls became a popular tourist destination after the Tallulah Falls Railway was built in 1882.

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