Events and Programs

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Lunch & Learn: The History of Brookhaven with Valerie Biggerstaff & Rebecca Williams


The history of Brookhaven will be presented by Valerie Mathis Biggerstaff and Rebecca Chase Williams. They will share the history as presented in their new book by Arcadia Publishing: Images of America, Brookhaven.

Valerie Mathis Biggerstaff began writing the Past Tense history column for The Dunwoody Crier newspaper in 2006, taking over for Jim Perkins.  Her interest in history expanded to Sandy Springs, Chamblee, Roswell, and Brookhaven.  In 2009, she put together Images of America:  Dunwoody, a collection of historic photographs and history for the area.  She is on the Board of Dunwoody Preservation Trust as their historian.  When Williams asked Valerie Biggerstaff to compile Brookhaven history for the new city, Biggerstaff was eager to pursue the project.  The two then decided to document the photographs and history of Brookhaven in a book. Biggerstaff inherited her love of DeKalb history from her mom who gave her a treasured copy of DeKalb County History by Vivian Price. 

Rebecca Chase Williams is a 30-year resident of Brookhaven, served on the new city’s first city council, and was its 2nd mayor. Williams spent her career as a journalist, including 20 years as a National Correspondent for ABC News.  Now retired, Williams has long been active in her community and served on the citizens’ committee that launched the effort to create the city of Brookhaven in 2013. As a member of city council Williams founded the Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival, now the city’s signature event attracting 20,000 visitors.  Williams also started the Brookhaven History Project to research the city’s roots, which has resulted in the book, Images of America: Brookhaven.

Tuesday, November 14, noon to 1:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public - bring your lunch!


"Welcome Wednesdays" Toddler Time


Join us for our class Winter Time, Fun Time in December. The animals may be hibernating, but not us! We will play and learn about this snowy time of year.

Ages 2 - 5 (with an adult)

$3/$6 per child (discount for members)

December 13, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Historic DeKalb Courthouse (lobby)

Contact Marissa for more information: or 404.373.1088 ext 20. Click here for details.


Dance Hall Decatur - New Year's Eve!

Ring in the New Year with the best party in Decatur! The DeKalb History Center’s holiday extravaganza features a professional DJ playing all your favorite dance hits. Admission includes delicious appetizers from Soiree Catering and Events, two drink tickets, sodas, a champagne toast at midnight, and holiday party favors. Guests can purchase additional drink tickets for beer, wine or cocktails. Festive holiday attire is encouraged!

Sunday, December 31, 8:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Advance tickets are $40/$55 per adult (discount for members), and $15 for guests under 21 only

The deadline for advance tickets is December 29 at noon (all prices go up by $10 after this deadline)

Click here to purchase tickets online (scroll down to the bottom of the page).

Contact Marissa for more information: or 404.373.1088 ext 20.