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October 07, 2019


By Executive Director Glen Kyle

Many of the History Center's members and supporters know that Marvin Locey recently passed away at the age of 93. He was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1926, and entered the U.S. Navy during World War II. In 1948 he married Cleda and two years later graduated from Drake University in 1950 with a degree in marketing. He worked for Sunbeam Corporation, retiring early and moving to Flowery Branch in 1986.

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In retirement, the Loceys traveled to many parts of the world. Often by cruising. They compared fjords in Norway and New Zealand, made new friends in Alaska and Australia, attended Churches in China and Korea, rode camels in Egypt and donkeys in Greece, and tried their limited language skills in South America, as well as visiting all 50 United States.

But lucky for us, due to his love of history he became heavily involved in our museum, serving as a volunteer, docent and Board Member of the Northeast Georgia History Center and its predecessor, the Georgia Mountains Museum. Thousands of school kids heard Marvin talk about local and national history, and details as wide-ranging as agriculture, boating, the Protestant Reformation, and (of course!) labor-saving devices in the home.

We are sad at Marvin's passing, but forever grateful at the time, effort, and love he put into the History Center. It's important for you to know, especially if you value our great institution, that Marvin's fingerprints are all over it. Thanks, Marvin, for everything...


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It's said that Rome wasn't built in a day - and neither was our "Rome" Family Day program! With one day to bring 2,000 years of Roman civilization to History Center guests, we've had staff and some great interns working for weeks to get things ready. While of course we'll have plenty of segmentata, scutum, and pilum action (don't know what those are? Come to Family Day and find out!) with our legionaries interpretation, we'll also be exploring women's roles, building aqueducts, and writing Roman-style on both tabula cera and real papyrus (from Egypt, like theirs was.) So come on down and say "Salve" next Sunday, October 13 - and you won't have to beware the Ides of October, they're the 15th!

Family Day - The Grandeur that Was Rome - October 13th from 1-4 PM

Family Days are always free thanks to the Ada Mae Ivester Education Center!

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We want to extend a big thank you to the University of North Georgia's History Club. The History Club had a well-attended bake sale, and all of the proceeds were donated to the History Center! We greatly appreciate this gesture. We just ask that there are cookies left over next time! ;)

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This week From the Archives is The Little Professor handheld calculator from Texas Instruments. In 1930, the business was created as a petroleum-exploration electronics company. During WWII, they expanded their products to include airplane manometers and radar systems for the US military. In the 1950s, IBM made Texas Instruments a supplier for their computers, making circuits and chips until the 1970s. Looking to expand to consumer products, Texas Instruments began to make digital watches and calculators.

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The Little Professor, created in 1976, was an innovative math toy that made learning math into a game for children. The flash card game would challenge the player to 10 questions relating to addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division. The toy became the must-have Christmas gift in 1977, selling over one million during the holiday season. The Little Professor in our archives is from 1979 and in perfect condition, including the original box!

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Victorian – is it a style of architecture? A trend in fashion? A system of morals? A movement in literature? A period of technology? Or an adjective derived from the actual human Queen Victoria that is so overused, misapplied, cliched, and imprecise as to be useless? Or the opposite of all that – except the Queen Victoria bit, that’s spot on. In this episode, Ken and Glen discuss the era that defined 19th-century “progress” and inadvertently gave rise to Steam Punk.

Listen now at this link: Victorian! What does that mean?

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If you have a topic you'd like Ken and Glen to discuss, email your ideas to us a!

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Forum - The Buford Dam & Lake Lanier

October 8th at 7 PM

Only $3 or Free for Museum Members

Geoffrey Whitehead of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will present on the history of the Buford Dam and the creation of Lake Lanier. The dam and lake were created to control downstream flooding, provide a reliable source of drinking water and hydroelectric power, and recreation purposes. During this forum you'll learn about the controversy over this huge endeavor and its impact on the surrounding community and environment.

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Family Day - The Grandeur That Was Rome!

October 13th from 1-4PM

Free to the public thanks to the Ada Mae Ivester Education Center

October is our month to take a journey farther back into the past than usual on a Family Day - and this year we go back to Rome! With The Grandeur that was Rome join us to experience the rich tapestry of Roman daily life with hand-on activities, living history interpretation, performing arts, cooking, and combat demonstrations!

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

October 26th & 27th at 8 PM

Suggested Donation $5-$10

Join us for a dramatic reading of our favorite spooky tales from the popular series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. The Big Toe, Room for One More, The Hook, The Viper, and -- AAAHH! So much more!

Admission to this event is a suggested donation of $5-$10 but no one will be turned away if they cannot make a donation. While all of the stories are family-friendly, please consider that these stories will be told in a dark setting and may not be suitable for children under 8 years old.

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For more fascinating photos and information on our region's past, follow our social media!



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From our archives: Mary Lee and Corine Tanner, sisters from Gainesville who lived on Park Street. Corine would grow up and work for the Gainesville Eagle before the newspaper stopped circulation in 1947.

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