Public Programs


The DeKalb History Center hosts educational programs throughout the year including lunch and learn lectures, behind the scenes tours and a variety of others. Please check our events page for more information. For the Summer 2014 events listed below, please call 404-373-1088 extension 20 for tickets and information or email


July 17 - Exhibit Reception and a Local Play

The sesquicentennial is upon us and is being commemorated all around Atlanta.  What we locally refer to as the “Battle of Decatur” occurred 150 years ago on July 22, 1864. The DeKalb History Center presents an evening with an exhibit reception of light refreshments and drink tickets and our own local play.

Shadows of the Past: A Play About DeKalb County During the Civil War

This two-person play draws on letters, journals, newspapers and other primary sources to create a story of the Civil War in DeKalb County. Written in the words of early DeKalb citizens who lived through the war, the play creates a portrait of life during the war and focuses on the time of the Battle of Atlanta. This is for families; suggeseted ages 8 and over.

Thursday, July 17,two performances at 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on the second floor

$10 members, $14 nonmembers  

Call 404-373-1088 extension 20 for tickets and information or email

Tears and Curses: A Human Focus on the Civil War - Opening Reception

Our newest exhibit is Tears and Curses: A Human Focus on the Civil War.  It presents an intimate opportunity to view a small portion of our Civil War collection and consider the impact of the war on a local scale.  We present artifacts with personal meaning to help you feel the point of view of an individual.  The title is from a letter in our collection written by Private Dewitt C. Morgan to a woman who may have been a sweetheart.  Angry at the Union forces, he wrote, “They sew tears and curses – they shall reap infamy and overthrow.” 

The reception is free - drink tickets will be available. 

Reception and Preview of Tears and Curses:

Thursday, July 17, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Historic DeKalb Courthouse, 101 E. Court Square, Decatur GA, 30030