The DeKalb History Center hosts educational programs throughout the year including lunch and learn lectures, tours and a variety of others. Please check our events page for more information. For programs listed below, please call 404-373-1088 extension 20 for tickets and information or email email@example.com
DeKalb History Center Symposium
Roots of Friendship: African Americans and Jews in Atlanta, 1900 - 1950
March 5, 2016
10:00 Symposium Moderator - Dr. Charissa Threat, Spelman College
10:15 Ms. Melissa Fay Greene, author
Stronger Together: The African American and Jewish Communities
Greene will focus on neighborhoods that were excluded from the business of raising a new Atlanta after the Civil War. These communities suffered and struggled separately for decades until a few visionary leaders made clear the common cause and encouraged their people to stand together.
11:10 Ms. Sandy Berman, author
Ruminations and Reflections: The Holocaust Survivor’s Experience in Post WWII Atlanta
Berman recounts the Atlanta experiences of holocaust survivors and refugees from Europe. She also discusses their struggles during the years of Jim Crow laws, which enforced local and state segregation, and early signs of resistance that led to the 1960s Civil Rights Movement.
11:40 Ms. Danielle Wiggins, Ph.D. candidate, Emory University
Gradual Resistance: African Americans and Post WWII Life in Atlanta
Wiggins presents the experiences of African American soldiers in Europe, the challenges veteran African American soldiers faced when they returned to Georgia, the Double V campaign, and signs of resistance that led to the 1960s Civil Rights Movement.
12:10 - 1:30 Catered buffet lunch (included in cost of symposium) with panel discussion.
Panel Moderator -Dr. Jelani Favors, Clayton State University
Panelists:Mr. David Goldwasser,Mr. Herschel Greenblat, Ms. Sylvia Clark, Mr. Roy Nesby(brief presentations on memories of early African American and Jewish communities) Other panelists: Melissa Fay Greene, Sandy Berman, and Danielle Wiggins.
This session will include reflections on the Jewish presence in Atlanta’s African American communities, the African American neighborhoods of Bellwood and Beacon Hill, changes after the assassination of Dr. King, the early Civil Rights Movement, and Jewish perspectives on African Americans’ struggles for rights. Panelists will give short presentations and then take questions.
Schedule a tour for your own group of 10 or more people of the DeKalb History Center's historic structures at 720 West Trinity Place in Decatur. Benjamin Swanton was an early settler and businessman in Decatur. His former home is furnished for the mid-nineteenth century and reflects the lifestyle of this middle class family. Hear his story and learn about the early days of DeKalb County and Decatur. Call 404-373-1088, ext 20. (Pictured below - Benjamin Swanton and his granddaughters)
Join us for a guided Civil War walking tour in downtown Decatur. The hour-long tour begins in
the lobby of the Historic DeKalb Courthouse and complements our new exhibit,
Tears and Curses: A Human Perspective on the Civil War. You will learn about the early history
of the county, the effects of the war on the civilian population in DeKalb, the Atlanta campaign,
and the Battle of Decatur.
April 8, 2016, 3 p.m.
April 29, 2016, 3 p.m.
May 20, 2016, 3 p.m.
Schedule a tour of the Historic Courthouse for groups of 10 or more. Learn about the early history of DeKalb County beginning with the native people who still occupied the land after the formation of the county. Learn where their trade routes once were and how that influenced the future settlers. Which areas of the county were settled first and what did people do here? When did the population really begin to grow and why? How many enslaved people were here? How was DeKalb affected during the Civil War? How did the courthouse change over time and what was its role in the county? Come and hear this fascinating history!
All tours are $10 for adults, $6 for children (age 6 - 18), under 5 free with an adult
For reservations call 404-373-1088, extension 20, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Civil War Symposium: Life in Atlanta and DeKalb during the War
July 11, 2015
This symposium at the Historic Courthouse in Decatur focuses on events and people in and around DeKalb County and Atlanta during the War. Participants will explore the connections between the big picture of Civil War history and the personal stories and events of this area. Join us for tours, lectures, a panel discussion and a play about the War. See the schedule of events below and register online.
Please note - BOTH van tours are full. Online registration has closed. The cost tomorrow is $60 for walk-ups and does not include the van tour.