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Journal Newsletter October 28th - November 1st
November 04, 2019


Fifteen years ago, the Northeast Georgia History Center opened its doors and dedicated itself to preserving and sharing the history of this wonderful region we call home. In that time, we have seen a great amount of growth and success, serving thousands each year. But in that time, what we do and how we do it has also significantly changed: While the building is the same, the exhibits, our gardens, our events and programs, and especially our interaction with guests and school groups are quite different from what they were those fifteen long years ago!

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A group of students after a program on 18th/19th century life in Northeast Georgia

While the main exhibit gallery at the History Center is, and always will be, about the history and people of Northeast Georgia, much of our programming over the years has shifted beyond the geographic confines of the region. The topics of our temporary exhibits, and especially our educational programming, have taken up the broader themes of state or southern history. The Ada Mae Ivester Education Center and the Cottrell Digital Studio, which have the fundamental task of serving public school classrooms and their mandated curriculum standards, has broadened its scope even further to national, and sometimes international, topics based on those standards.

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Students on a tour of a Special Exhibit on WWI

Why have we expanded our area of focus? Quite simply, it has been in response to the needs of our community, especially those of our educators and students. However, we’ve found this expansion of focus beyond our region has led to a greater interest in the History Center not just by teachers specifically but by the public in general, evidenced by the significant increase in attendance numbers across the board. In addition to on-site visitation, the off-site outreach made possible by the Cottrell Digital Studio has increased our reach by thousands of people and hundreds of miles.

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Benedict Arnold meets students during a Live Webcast from the Cottrell Digital Studio

To reflect this evolution of the History Center, the Board of Directors approved a new vision and mission at its October meeting; a vision and mission rooted in our past but focused on our future. We are excited about the new challenges and opportunities coming our way, but don’t worry: We’re still the same old History Center you know and love… only better!


The Northeast Georgia History Center will be a leading resource for promoting a greater understanding of local, state, and national history.


The Northeast Georgia History Center is dedicated to preserving and sharing our regional history and being our community’s pathway to history education.

By collecting, cataloguing and preserving historical items of northeast Georgia, we maintain a unique collection of the history of this region. We provide a forum for engaging and educating an increasingly diverse audience by presenting exhibits, conducting programs, and enabling research. Though our collections and exhibits are regionally focused, programmatically we address larger state and national narratives (when possible from local perspectives) to adapt to the educational needs of our community.


A Decade of Removal – Museum Theatre at the History Center

This past summer our Chautauqua series enjoyed great success with its program of interrelated stories of Indian Removal told over the course of three separate performances – now, in commemoration of Native American Heritage Month, the stories will be brought back for a combined theatrical performance on Friday, November 15th.

A Decade of Removal uses three different perspectives to illustrate the complex and compelling narrative of this pivotal event. We’ll meet Choctaw Chief Greeenwood Leflore - who negotiated the first treaty with the US Government under the Removal Act, Cherokee Chief John Ross - who personally never accepted his Nation’s treaty with the Federal Government, and President Andrew Jackson – who made the Indian Removal Act the centerpiece of his Administration.

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Left to Right: John Ross, Andrew Jackson, Greenwood LeFlore

Following the character monologues by each of these leaders we’ll then have a moderated audience Q&A session with all three of the players in character on stage together – which should make for some interesting (to say the least) historical interaction!

Tickets are $12 General Admission, $10 for students with I.D., and free to Museum Members. Tickets may be purchased at this link: A Decade of Removal Tickets

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Join us this Thursday, November 7th from 12:15-12:45 PM for a Lunch & Learn program about the Hernando De Soto Expedition. This 30 minute program is included with admission and will be led by our Director of Education Ken Johnston. Feel free to bring your lunch with you as you learn all about the weapons, history, and impact of the expedition.

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Ken Johnston during a program on the Hernando De Soto Expedition

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This week From the Archives is issue #5 of Daredevil, a Marvel comic. Marvel was created by Martin Goodman in 1939 as Timely Publications. The company was originally created to make western pulps, but they soon delved into comics after seeing their popularity. Following the success of DC Comics in the early 1960s, writer-editor Stan Lee created comics for the adult audience, and characters with physical and mental flaws. Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby would introduce characters such as the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, and the X-Men. In 2009, Disney bought the rights to Marvel for $4 billion and it is still one of the most successful comic book companies in the world.

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Daredevil was another character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in the early 1960s. Daredevil is a superhero who after a childhood accident became blind, but also developed “radar sense.” Issue #5 from our archives introduces the villain the Matador, a criminal who takes his revenge out on society. This issue of Daredevil is in great condition and was found in a box of over 100 other comics! We look forward to reading this one and hope to share the others with you some time.

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The mythos and worlds Tolkien created have been celebrated in their own right, have influenced numerous other authors, and inspired some of the most popular fantasy/action films ever produced – but what’s really cool is the essay he wrote on Beowulf that redefined the way it’s taught and understood! In this episode Ken and Glen discuss Tolkien’s life, influences, WWI service, work as a linguist, love of trees, surprise at fame, love of beer and pipe smoking, being bitten by a baboon spider at age two…well, the list just goes on.

Fun note! The lovely cross stitch art on our episode cover was made by the History Center's own Lesley Jones! The center tree is the White Tree of Gondor, a symbol of the High Kings of Middle-Earth. It reads:

Ash nazg durbatulûk, ash nazg gimbatul, ash nazg thrakatulûk agh burzum-ishi krimpatul.

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them

Listen at this link: Tolkien: Master of Middle Earth (Part 1)

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Thanks for listening! Questions? Comments? Talk to us at

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Lunch & Learn: the Hernando De Soto Expedition

Thursday, November 7 from 12:15-12:45 PM

Included in Admission

Join us for a Lunch & Learn program at the History Center about the Hernando De Soto Expedition. This 30 minute program is included in admission on Thursday, November 7th. The program will begin at 12:15 PM. Feel free to bring your lunch while you learn all about the history, weapons, and impact of the Hernando De Soto Expedition with our Director of Education Ken Johnston!

322 Academy Street NE Gainesville, Georgia

Admission information at

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Family Day: the War of Jenkin's Ear

Sunday, November 10 from 1-4 PM


Newly established Georgia, settled for only 6 years, the smallest of Britain’s North American colonies in both size and population faced a fight for its very existence in 1739 – in the War of Jenkin’s Ear. Learn about the threat to Georgia from forces in Spanish Florida, General James Oglethorpe’s siege of Saint Augustine, and daily life in the colony through living history interpretation and hands-on activities.

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

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Forum: The Berlin Wall

Tuesday, November 12 at 7 PM

$3 General Admission or Free for Museum Members

Though it might not seem that long ago to SOME of us, it has been 30 years since the Berlin Wall, symbol of a divided Germany and the Cold War, went away. History Center Board Member Ron Stowe, retired pilot who has flown all over the world, will tell the history of the wall, what it meant, and what effect its removal had on Europe and the world.


Museum Theatre: A Decade of Removal

Friday, November 15 at 7:30 PM

$12 General Admission - $10 for Students w/ I.D. - Free for Museum Members

Tickets at this Link!

On November 15 the History Center presents A Decade of Removal, an encore performance of the Summer 2019 Chautauqua series. This museum theatre performance 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.

Our Special Exhibit on Court Cases of Cherokee Removal in Georgia will also be available to view before the event beginning at 6:30 PM. The performance will begin at 7:30 PM.

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Students pose for a group photograph in front of their dorm at Chattahoochee High School in Clermont, sometime in the 1910s. Chattahoochee High School, established in 1890, was a secondary school to Mercer University.


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