DHC hosts a wide variety of educational and fun events throughout the year. Please join our e-mail list to get timely updates.
Come and support the work being done on Decatur's beloved Benjamin Swanton House. Enjoy great southern food, drinks, and company while preserving this historic treasure for current and future generations. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a living history tour of the Swanton House, followed by food, beer and wine, and socializing at the Mary Gay House.
Thursday May 8, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
The Benjamin Swanton House and Mary Gay House: 720 West Trinity Place, Decatur GA 30030
Tickets: $75 per person
Charmaine Minniefield is an Atlanta-based artist, arts administrator and Agnes Scott alumna. Her work explores African and African American ritual from a feminist perspective by celebrating the ancestors. This year, her New Freedom Project recognizes the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. As a part of the Lunch and Learn series, attendees will be able to view a site-specific installation of her artwork in the historical DeKalb County Courthouse. Charmaine will discuss her work and the importance of remembering freedom. From the Civil War to Civil Rights, she invites others to celebrate those whose sacrifices have paved the way to freedom.
Tuesday, May 20, noon - 1:00 p.m.
Historic DeKalb Courthouse, Second Floor
Free - bring your lunch!
Frontier House 1850 is offered for children ages 8 to 12. There are two sessions of this camp: register for June 16 to 20 or June 23 to 27. Campers will play, work and have fun at the Swanton House and pioneer log cabins this summer as they become early settlers in DeKalb County. Your child will explore the way people lived by performing chores, playing games and making crafts. They will learn about 1850s music, pastimes, food and transportation. Activities include: candle making, cooking, gardening, sewing and washing laundry – and we promise your kids will love it! Frontier House 1850 is $250 per week ($220 for DHC members at household level and above) and runs from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. After care is available until 4 pm for $10 per day; must be registered in advance.
The History Show: a Camp for Junior Docents is offered for children ages 10 to 14. There are two sessions of this camp: register for July 7 to 11 or July 21 to 25. Campers spend a week at the historic courthouse developing, planning and presenting a tour of the courthouse for younger children. Campers conduct research, prepare a presentation and plan the event for the end of the week. Along the way they learn the basics of character development, voice and diction, storytelling, living history, public speaking and performance. On Friday of the camp they perform the tour for their families and young audience. Creativity, fun and learning are at the forefront in this unique camp experience. The History Show is $275 per week ($245 for DHC members at household level and above) and runs from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. After care is available until 5:00 pm for $10 per day; must be registered in advance.