Mission & History

The DeKalb History Center (DHC) was initially established as the "DeKalb Historical Society" in 1947. We are the only organization dedicated to collecting, preserving and sharing the rich history of DeKalb County.

DHC is a membership based non-profit; we rely on contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations who support our mission.

After a Resolution in 1968 by the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners, we moved our offices into the historic DeKalb County Courthouse and have been located here ever since. During the early 1990s, DHC spent over $1,600,000 renovating the Courthouse. We have a museum and archive on the main floor and welcome visitors and researchers.

The History Center also maintains three antebellum structures located on West Trinity Place in Decatur: the Benjamin Swanton House, the Biffle Cabin and the Barber Cabin.