Events and Programs

DHC hosts a wide variety of educational and fun events throughout the year. Please join our e-mail list to get timely updates.

Seventy Years of Collecting, Preserving & Sharing DeKalb's History

Lunch and Learn

“The purpose and object of the Society shall be the collection and preservation of the history of DeKalb County…” (The Collections of the DeKalb Historical Society Volume I – The Year Book 1952)


A group of local citizens gathered in the Grand Jury Room of the DeKalb County Courthouse on the Square in Decatur supposedly at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, January 17, 1947. 23 paid memberships were established that day commencing 70 years of collecting, preserving and sharing DeKalb County Georgia’s history. The DeKalb History Center - as the historical society is now known - will recognize its 70th anniversary at this Lunch & Learn by sharing the history of the organization itself. Discover the story of its growth as it has been dedicated to collecting, preserving and sharing the rich history of DeKalb County. Like the year of its founding – when it started with 23 members and ended with 100 - DHC has grown tremendously over the last 70 years.


Learn about DHC’s 70 years of growth from a small local historical society into the largest repository of DeKalb County history with archival and collections facilities, programs, and exhibits striving to reflect the full cultural history of the county.  DeKalb County has transitioned – its agricultural economy was based around farms, quarries, small industries, and towns. Now it is one of the most diverse counties in the State of Georgia in so many ways. Learn about our collections and our own transitions as we strive to better represent all of DeKalb County!

Tuesday, March 21, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Historic DeKalb Courthouse, Second Floor

Free and open to the public!



Annual Meeting and Silent Auction

Please join us for a free evening of delicious food, music and drinks while bidding on items donated by generous local businesses. We will have drink tickets available for $4.00 each. Hors d' oeuvres by our preferred caterers: Avalon Catering, Avenue Catering Concepts, Endive Fine Catering, Farm Burger, Fox Brothers Bar-B-Q, Soiree Catering & Events, Sun in my Belly, and Zest Atlanta. Décor or services provided by Spectrum Entertainment & Events, and PeachTree Tents and Events.


Come bid on fabulous prize packages which include donations from: Aimée Designer Jewelry, ART Station, Atlanta Braves Foundation, Atlanta Preservation Center, Bloom Floral Design, Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa, Mark G. Burnette (Joyner & Burnette), City of Decatur, The Corner Pub, Courtyard by Marriott  Decatur, Dancing Goats,  Decatur Downtown Development Authority, Decatur Family YMCA, Decatur Ghost Tour, Decatur Yoga & Pilates, Designs of LaVista,  Druid Hills Civic Association, Farm Burger, Historic Oakland Foundation, HomeGrown Restaurants, The Imperial, Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Perry Julien Photography, Little Shop of Stories, Maxim Barbers, Mike Fink Gallery, Nonis, Pets Playhouse On Ponce, Raging Burrito, Ann Boon Rhea, Sapori di Napoli, Skip’s Chicago Dogs, Sq/ft, , Thai Chili, Wahoo! A Decatur Grill, World of Coca-Cola, Wylde Center.


More donations are coming in daily - to donate to our Silent Auction, please email Fred at or call him at 404-373-1088, extension 23.

Friday, March 24, 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Historic DeKalb Courthouse, Second Floor

Free and open to the public!