We had a great turnout for our popular Family Day about ancient Rome. During our living history program, visitors learned about the different types of combat and equipment used by Roman legionaries and how combat techniques changed over hundreds of years. Our interns created fantastic hands-on activities like a miniature Roman aqueduct, a strategy board game, and Roman writing on real papyrus from Egypt! If you'd like to view our Facebook Live video of the living history program, click this link.
Living History presentation on Roman combat
Fun with green screen pictures during Family Day
Our wonderful volunteers and staff!
Please join us for our next Family Day on November 10th all about the War of Jenkin's Ear in Georgia's early history!
This past week the History Center’s Director of Education Ken Johnston and Director of Media & Communications Libba Beaucham attended the Georgia Social Studies Teacher Conference in Athens, Georgia to promote our On-Site and Digital programming. The two-day event attracted hundreds of educators from all over the state, making it the perfect venue to showcase the History Center’s offerings and to make personal connections with our teacher colleagues. Ken and Libba donned the historic garb of two of the characters we offer, George Washington (Ken!) and Juliette Gordon Low (Libba!) – and were a big hit! Our display got quite a bit of traffic, with some attendees finding out about us for the first time, but with many others already being acquainted with us through social media, our podcast, and our original webisodes. All in all, a great event for the History Center.
By Museum Services Manager, Sommer Stockton
The town of Braselton, Georgia was incorporated in 1916 and spreads across Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall and Jackson counties. William Harrison Braselton bought 800 acres of land to develop this town around his own plantation. His son, William Henry Braselton, was the first mayor of the city. One major thoroughfare in Braselton was the Braselton Brothers store. The Braselton Brothers store was established by John Oliver Braselton, the son of William Harrison Braselton, in 1887. Originally a store for the farmhands on his father’s plantation, John Oliver and two of his brothers transformed the company into a bustling store, becoming known as the Braselton Brothers, earning the motto “Dealers in Everything.”
Braselton Brothers Department Store ca. 1920
Braselton has many tourist attractions, such as the Chateau Elan Resort and Winery and the premier racing circuit Road Atlanta. Chateau Elan Resort and Winery opened to the public in the early 1980s by Don and Nancy Panoz, who were impressed with the quality of the local Muscadine grapes and decided to open a winery to produce these award-winning wines. Don Panoz also has a passion for professional car racing, establishing the American Le Mans Series that has been previously hosted at Road Atlanta. Road Atlanta was established in 1969 by David Sloyer, Earl Walker and Arthur Montgomery who wished to create a world-class racing circuit here in North Georgia.
Chateau Elan wines from 1987
Want to learn more? Check out Passing: Stories Through the History of Hoschton and Braselton, Georgia by Robbie Bettis in our Museum Gift Shop!
By Archival Media Assistant Lesley Jones
This week From the Archives is the Little Leather miniature book, Enoch Arden, a narrative poem by Lord Tennyson. The Little Leather Library Corporation was created by the Boni brothers in 1914 and was inspired by cigarette companies that gave miniature books with the purchase of their cigarettes. The Whitman’s Candy Company introduced the “Library Package” that included a box of chocolates and a copy of a Little Leather miniature book. The miniatures became incredibly popular and in WWI they were even given to soldiers and sailors as gifts.
Enoch Arden was written by Lord Tennyson in 1864, while he was a poet laureate for Queen Victoria. The poem has been considered to be an antithesis of the Odyssey by Homer. The poem describes the tragic tale of Enoch, a fisherman who becomes shipwrecked and discovers that while he was stranded his wife has married his childhood friend. Our copy has an inscription in the back that reads: “Presented to Winnie DeLonge by teacher Mr. H.J. Oliver for being winner of spelling contest in the year of 1918.”
All roads lead to Rome, and all podcasts do too. Ok neither of those things are true, but one of them (the one about roads) was kind of true back in the day - or “reversus in die illo” as the Romans would say. In this first of a two-part episode, Ken and Glen discuss Rome through the lens of the HBO mini-series…you guessed it, “Rome” – specifically how the series got the feel of classical Rome right.
Thanks for listening! Questions? Comments? Talk to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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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Students and their teachers pose for a photograph in front of Knox Institute and Industrial School in Athens, some time in the early 1900s. The African American school was established in 1868 by the Freedman's Bureau; it was named Knox after Major John J. Knox who served as Assistant Commissioner for the Freedman's Bureau.