Athens- Indigo-A Saturated History Feb 26


Indigo: A Saturated History

Indigo’s history is laced with mystery and superstition, and its use has been dated back nearly 4,000 years.  Join us for a special program about the fraught story of indigo and its indelible impact on the coastal South, featuring Donna Hardy, founder of Sea Island Indigo, and Andrea Feeser, author of Red, White and Black Make Blue: Indigo in the Fabric of South Carolina Life.  At the end of the program, join us for a special demonstration of the indigo dyeing process.

Multipurpose Room A, Athens-Clarke County Library, 2025 Baxter Street. Athens, Georgia


New book- Melvin Collier documents legacy

On January 31st, former Atlanta resident and AAHGS member, Melvin Collier, announced the release of his new book, “Ealy Family Heritage, Documenting Our Legacy.” The book is now available for purchase.GIG_Collier_THUMBNAIL_IMAGE

In addition to documenting the Ealy family’s history back to the 1700’s, the book combines the process of genealogy research with story-telling. Collier discloses how he researched the enslaved ancestors, while still telling the stories of their lives and their descendants’ lives during slavery and afterwards. This book can serve as a template on how to research, organize and write a family history book.

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Bulloch County- Historical Society seeking documents

Historical Society seeking documents about 1904 tragedies

Book to spotlight Hodges family murder, subsequent lynchings

Statesboro Herald
January 31, 2016

The Bulloch County Historical Society is in the process of gathering factual information to be published in a book about the 1904 Hodges family murders and the lynching of Paul Reed and Will Cato, two of the most horrible episodes in Bulloch history.

The basis of the book will be the more than 40 years of research and writings of Georgia Southern professor emeritus of history Dr. Charlton Moseley. Moseley’s first published writings on the subject appeared in 1981 in the “Georgia Historical Quarterly” and in 1985, he presented his paper to a meeting of the Southern Historical Society in Houston, Texas.

The Historical Society has asked Jenny Foss, editor of Statesboro Magazine, to serve as editor for the project.

“We hope to add pertinent legal documents, photographs, court transcripts, letters, and other supporting documentation to the original text, expanding on Dr. Moseley’s work on the subject,” Foss said.

In the introduction to the transcript Moseley stated:

“One hundred and twelve years ago, in 1904, two related incidents of great horror occurred in Bulloch County. The first of these involved the murder of a family of five and the burning of their rural home near Colfax in the western area of the county. The second horror saw the lynching of the two men held accountable for the crime, Paul Reed and Will Cato, by burning alive. Both the murders and the lynching were sensationalized locally and nationally. Few incidents in Bulloch County history have held a greater fascination than these two incidents of human atrocity and suffering.”

Moseley, the author of this paper, is a native of Bulloch County and for many years had heard stories handed down by word of mouth about the killing of the Henry Hodges family and the subsequent lynching of the two murderers, itinerant workers on the farms of two prominent citizens in the remote western part of the county.

“About 1972, I made a decision to investigate these crimes and as accurately as possible try to ascertain the basic facts about what really happened during those hot and frightening weeks of July and August, 1904 in Bulloch County,” Moseley said.

“As a historian primarily interested in local history I learned early on that there are often folks who believe that unpleasant history should not be exposed but rather kept under cover,” he said. “Indeed, in 1972 when I made a public appeal for information on those sordid events in our history involving murder and lynching, a prominent county leader tried to dissuade me from the task on the grounds that it would bring embarrassment to the community.  I chose to ignore the suggestion and found that there were large numbers of people who supported my efforts and many brought pertinent information to my attention.

“While murder and lynching are not ‘good’ history, nevertheless such subjects are still history and must be examined and considered along with those things in our past which are praiseworthy and which bring us pride and pleasure. May we examine all of our past activities as a community, good and bad, and may we learn to profit from all of them! It is with this sentiment in mind that this paper is offered to the members of the Bulloch County Historical Society.”

The Historical Society will honor Moseley’s vision by continuing to research all aspects of the tragedy that unfolded in the summer of 1904, expanding on his original investigation. Community participation is invited.

“We’re looking for supporting documentation that will help us tell the story of what led up to the tragedy at the Hodges home, the search for suspects, the apprehension of the defendants, the court trial, the mob’s actions, and the impact on the community overall,” said Joe McGlamery, Historical Society. “While examining such terrible events from our past is painful, we believe it is necessary to tell the bad with the good to get a true historical perspective on life in Bulloch County during that time.”

Anyone who would like to share family history, photographs, or related documents from the incidents is asked to contact Foss; McGlamery; or Moseley at

Atlanta- Aiken Lecture- Jim Wallis- America’s Original Sin

Atlanta History Center – February 11th- 8:00 pm  RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

The Aiken Lecture features Jim Wallis speaking on his book America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America.  Wallis offers a prophetic and deeply personal call to action in overcoming the racism so ingrained in American society.  Whenever divided cultures and gridlocked power structures fail to end systemic sin, faith communities can help lead the way to grassroots change. Probing yet positive, biblically rooted yet highly practical, this book shows people of faith how they can work together to overcome the embedded racism in America, galvanizing a movement to cross the bridge to a multiracial church and a new America.  Admission for this lecture is $10 for nonmembers. Reservations required.
Where: Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road N.W.,  Atlanta, Georgia
When: 8 p.m.
Admission: $5.00 members, $10 non-members – call 404. 814.4101 or reserve online Click  here to purchase tickets. Reservations Required.

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Newman Coweta Historical Society event 23 Jan. 7:30 pm

  Celebration of  Hank Williams aims to bring history to life
Clay Neely for the Newnan Times-Herald, 18 Jan 2016
 For many, music is the universal language that transcends the most common social barriers – harnessing the ability to bypass our complicated filters and drive directly to our soul.
The short and complicated life of Hank Williams not only produced a stunning amount of beloved music, but seemingly set the blueprint for the “live fast, die young” tortured musician.Since his mysterious death in 1953, his influence on music and culture would only grow larger with each passing year – spawning tales as tall as the man himself.Dr. Steve Goodson is the co-editor of The Hank Williams Reader. As the professor and chair of the History Department at the University of West Georgia, he’s also the author of Highbrows, Hillbillies, and Hellfire: Public Entertainment in Atlanta, 1880-1930 (2002), which won the Georgia Historical Society’s Malcolm Bell, Jr. and Muriel Barrow Bell Award.

In Goodson’s latest book, the extraordinary life of Williams is chronicled through a series of excerpts and memories written by journalists, family and friends, musical contemporaries, biographers, historians and scholars, ordinary fans and novelists.

Through his work, Goodson encountered fans from all walks of life – all connected by their love for Williams. One afternoon, he was greeted by an elderly man who tracked him down to his office at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton.

In his arms was a stack of old magazines and worn records, all about Williams. He presented the treasure trove of memorabilia to Goodson, claiming that no one else in his family would appreciate it.

“It’s fascinating how music connects people,” Goodson said. “We’ve been trying to do the same thing, which is connecting our school and community together with this kind of program.”

Goodson hopes to bring the legend of Williams even closer by hosting “The Life and Times of Hank Williams” – an evening of readings and songs celebrating Williams – at the Wadsworth Auditorium.

Along with a collection of vintage recordings and videos of Williams, excerpts from the book will be read along with a live performance by Daniel Williams and his Driftin’ Poboys Band.

Last September, a similar event was held in Carrollton with more than 230 people attending, according to Goodson. The success spurred the idea of creating an annual series – “Icons of Southern Music” – which will chronicle the life of Johnny Cash in 2017.

“We’re really excited to bring this to Newnan and can’t think of a better way to celebrate the legacy of Hank Williams,” Goodson said. “And we’re still getting compliments on the Driftin’ Poboys Band…”

The Newnan Coweta Historical Society will host the event at the Wadsworth Auditorium on Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at several downtown Newnan locations including the Male Academy Museum, The McRitchie-Hollis Museum, Let Them Eat Toffee and Grannie Fannie’s Antiques.

Things I remember- B.G. McElwee, Sr.

The Polk County Historical Society recently hosted a book signing by B.G. McElwee, Sr.

McElwee signed his latest book “Things I Remember” which is his autobiography.

The author is a native of Cedartown and a member of the Cedartown High School Class of 1955. He is the owner of Woodlands, Inc., a historical restoration company. He also served as the superintendent during restoration of Barnsley Gardens.  In addition, he restored the 1902 Stock Exchange Building in Adairsville, Georgia creating a dinner theatre facility in the Stock Exchange building.  He is co-founder of “The Institute for Northwest Georgia History” and Director of the Rome Area History Museum.

The new book will be available at the Polk County Historical Society Museum during the holiday season.

In addition to his biography, McElwee has written and published a number of other books, including the following:

Floyd County, Georgia, (Images of America),a Pictorial History

Cherokee County, Alabama, ( Images of America), a Pictorial History

The event was a fundraising event for the Polk County Historical Society located at 205 S. College St. Cedartown, Ga.

You can read more about the event here:

Book Signing held at Polk County Historical Museum

The Polk County Standard Journal, Cedartown, Georgia







Whites Among The Cherokees 1827-1838

Important resource for Georgia researchers added to as a Kindle eBook

Whites Among The Cherokees -Georgia, 1827-1838 by

Mary Bondurant Warren & Eve B. Weeks, 1987

$6.99 at

Who were the white families living among the Cherokees before the “Trail of Tears”?

This book is not a genealogy of Cherokee families.

The book contains censuses, leases of Indian lands, Oaths of Allegiance, school rolls, militia musters, letters, and newspaper accounts of white families that lived within the Cherokee nation between 1827 and 1838.

The Cherokee Nation occupied all of present Georgia Counties of Bartow (formerly Cass), Catoosa, Chatooga, Cherokee, Cobb, Dade, Dawson, Fannin, Floyd, Forsyth, Gilmer, Gordon, Lumpkin, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Towns, Union, Walker, White & Whitfield.

Complete with the laws of the time,  illustrations and maps of the area.

A particular favorite is the map that reflects how the 1830 census was enumerated. It reflects how the Cherokee Nation was divided for the census and which counties were designated to include the census records for those  divided areas.

This valuable resource is available as a used book but may cost as much as $100-145.00 to purchase. A Kindle eBook bargain for $6.95!