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Journal Newsletter November 11th-15th
November 19, 2019

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Telling stories of Native American history is a core tenant of the History Center’s mission, especially as we are custodians of the White Path Cabin. For November, Native American History Month, we’ve developed and presented two tracks of programming to go along with the Cherokee Court Cases in Georgia exhibit in the rotating gallery.

On the evening of November 15th, a very spirited – as a matter of fact fiery! – Museum Theatre performance, A Decade of Removal, presented Choctaw Chief Greenwood Leflore, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and President Andrew Jackson (played by Justin Hoffman, Matt House, and Ken Johnston respectively) taking questions from the audience and calling out each other on the issues with Removal – moderator Glen Kyle had his hands full!

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Ken Johnston portraying President Andrew Jackson

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Matt House portraying Choctaw Leader Greenwood LeFlore

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Justin Hoffman portraying Cherokee Leader John Ross

In addition, our Director of Education has presented several Webcast performances as Samuel Worcester, of Worcester v Georgia fame, generating some excellent discussions with, of all people, eighth graders! With this combination of traditional exhibits, on-site performances, and digital outreach, the History Center confirms in November’s Native American History Month what it does year round – preserve and share the unique history of our region and all its people.

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Students meet Samuel Worcester during a live Webcast

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Ken Johnston portraying Samuel Worcester during a live Webcast

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This week the History Center had a group tour with visitors from Germany! They were in town for a choral workshop with Gainesville native Ingrid Arthur. The group enjoyed getting to know Gainesville's history and later performed at Antioch church. Dankeschön!

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The city of Flowery Branch, Georgia began as a Cherokee trading post called Anaguluskee, a Cherokee word meaning ‘flowers on the branch’ hence the name Flowery Branch. The town was established in 1874 as a railroad stop from Atlanta to Charlotte, North Carolina. The town was the epicenter of cotton farming in Northeast Georgia until the 1920s when the cotton market declined. Wrigley, the company known for its chewing gum, established a factory in Flowery Branch in the 1970s that still continues to provide local jobs. The town is most notably known today as the training grounds for the Atlanta Falcons football team. The $20 million dollar training facility was completed in 2005 before the upcoming training season.

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A view of Flowery Branch in 1899 on Main Street where cotton was sold

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Thanks to everyone who attended this week's Forum on the Berlin Wall presented by History Center Board Member Ron Stowe. We have consistently had a full house at our Forums! Thanks to everyone who has joined us for Forums this year. Our next Forum is Films of the Great War on February 11th, 2020.

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This week From the Archives is a box of Golden Glint Shampoo from 1962. In the early 1900s, the J.W. Kobi Company sold everything from hairpieces to handbags, face creams to dress patterns. The company looked to expand further into the shampoo business and created Golden Glint Shampoo, a scented powder shampoo meant to be an alternative to liquid shampoo; they also had tint in them to “brighten your natural color.” Golden Glint would prove to be their most popular product, selling nationwide in 1921.

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In our archives we have two boxes of unused Golden Glint Shampoo products. There are many tints including golden blonde, silver, lustre glint, dark copper and titian blonde. The boxes come from Whatley’s Pharmacy, a company in Gainesville that resided in the downtown Gainesville square. The boxes are in amazing condition and are a great piece of history in our archives.

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'Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.' – In August of 1945 atomic bombs were dropped on the Empire of Japan in an attempt to bring about its surrender before an invasion of its Home Islands by the Allies was necessary. But was the bombing itself necessary? Might Ken and Glen have opinions on the subject? Oh, you know they do. Join them as they discuss the development and deployment of the only nuclear weapons ever used, and what dual purpose their use had in 1945.

Listen at this link: The Atomic Bomb


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Lunch & Learn Thanksgiving: Buckled-Hats and Blunderbuss?

Thursday, November 21st from 12:15 - 1:00 PM

Included in Admission

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Family Day: Victorian Christmas

Sunday, December 8 from 1-4 PM


Join us in December for our most popular event of the year – Victorian Christmas! A great event to attend before the Christmas parade begins (and there's plenty of parking!) With hands-on activities, music, dance, storytelling, and more you’ll be immersed in the holiday traditions of 120 years ago. Family Days are free to the public thanks to the Ada Mae Ivester Education Center

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Photograph of Engine 209's last run with its crew in Gainesville in 1959.


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