History Programs

February 2019 Lecture Series Program

History Month in Georgia

Thomaas McElhinny

Thomas McElhinny

Lunch and Learn Series

“The Indian World of George Washington.”
January 24 & 31

Bring your lunch and join Thomas McElhinny at noon on Thursdays, January 24 and January 31, when he presents two one-hour programs concerning “The Indian World of George Washington.” Admission is $20 for this series, members $10.

Explaining this two-part series, McElhinny said, “American history has largely forgotten what George Washington knew very clearly. The new Republic’s fate depended on the successful governance of the numerous lands inhabited by many different American Indian tribes.” Participants will learn about personal interactions Washington had with the Natives, both before and after the Revolutionary War. They will cover the extent and complexity of the relationships between the man who rose to become the Nation’s most powerful figure and those whose power and dominion would decline during his lifetime. Call 770-720-5967 for information and reservations.

 

Georgia State SealHistory Month Lecture Series

February 7, 14 and 21

Three interesting lectures will be held during February. The Center is a member of the Georgia Historical Society.

Each year, this organization designates February as Georgia History Month and affiliate members of the society schedule programs concerning Georgia's history. These programs will be held on Thursdays in the Estelle Bennett Hughes Theater at 2 p.m.

Admission for each lecture is $10, $5 for members, Reinhardt University faculty and staff.

Space is limited, call 770-720-5967 to make reservations for all programs.

Ben Steer

Ben Steer

Archaeology of the Cherokee Heartland in Western North Carolina

February 7

Dr. Ben Steere is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Western Carolina University. He teaches courses in anthropology and archaeology and directs the Cherokee Studies program. His primary interest for research and teaching include Southeastern Indian and Cherokee archaeology, household and indigenous archaeology, and regional settlement pattern studies. He has worked on research and preservation projects with the Tribal Historic Preservation Office of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians since 2011. Steere received his Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Georgia. His book The Archaeology of Houses and Households in the Native Southeast was published in 2017.

Jeff Bishop

Jeff Bishop

Love, Marriage and the Role of the Woman in Cherokee Society

February 14

W. Jeff Bishop, Director of the Funk Heritage Center, will examine the roles and responsibilities of Cherokee women during a time of intense cultural change, at the beginning of the 19th century. Prior coming to the Center, he was Executive Director of the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society for five years and oversaw the day-to-day operations of the McRitchie-Hollis Museum. In 2017, he was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to serve on the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council. Bishop grew up in Senoia, a small Georgia town now famous as the film site for the AMC hit show “The Walking Dead.” He received his undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and his master’s degree in public history and museum studies at the University of West Georgia. He worked for many years as a writer and editor for various Georgia newspapers and magazines. In addition to publishing numerous books and plays based on the history of Northwest Georgia, he served as president of the Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association, partnering with the National Park Service to develop wayside exhibits that interpret the Trail of Tears in Georgia. He also authored a new Georgia Trail of Tears map and brochure, now available in welcome centers all over the nation.

Dr. Joseph H. Kitchens

Dr. Joseph H. Kitchens

Ten Years on a Yankee Plantation

February 21

Dr. Joseph H. Kitchens will speak about the Pebble Hill Plantation. It was built in Georgia by a family from Cleveland, OH and was one of seventy plantations built in the southern states following the Reconstruction era. These plantations were primarily dedicated to quail hunting. Kitchens has deep roots in rural Georgia. He holds a bachelor's degree in history from the University of West Georgia and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Georgia. Beginning his career as a professor of history at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, he turned his interests to a second career in cultural resource management. He spent ten years as the Director of Pebble Hill Plantation in Southwest Georgia before moving to Pickens County and becoming the Executive Director of the Funk Heritage Center where he retired in January 2018.

Admission for all lectures is $10, $5 for members, Reinhardt University faculty and staff. Reservations are required as seating is limited. Call 770-720-5957.

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