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.

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Six Moving Targets at Once: The Court-Ordered School Desegregation of DeKalb County Schools

The DeKalb History Center’s March Lunch and Learn will be presented by J. Marcus Patton who will discuss the desegregation of the DeKalb County school system.

J. Marcus Patton grew up in DeKalb County, and attended Fernbank and Druid Hills High School during the period of court-ordered desegregation of the DeKalb County School System. He has a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree from the University of Georgia as well as a Juris Doctor and a Master's of Education from Georgia State University. After many years as a high school history teacher, and several years as a writer and consultant, he now works as a realtor focusing on residential property in DeKalb. He has written a soon-to-be published book on teaching history.

For a quarter of a century, the DeKalb County labored under a federal court order to desegregate a school system that had once been racially segregated by law. At the same time, the racial composition of the county was shifting from majority-white to majority-black. Between demographic changes, community activism, local court actions, and landmark Supreme Court decisions, the people of DeKalb wrote a unique chapter of the story of race relations in America - one that reached a climax in the Supreme Court case of Freeman v. Pitts. DeKalb resident J. Marcus Patton describes the arc of that story, touching on the major judicial actions that shaped the course of events. But every participant has his or her own story. Come prepared to listen, learn, and share.

Tuesday, March 20, noon to 1:00 p.m.

Free & Open to the Public! Bring your lunch!

Historic DeKalb Courthouse

101 E. Court Square, Decatur GA 30030



DeKalb History Center - Annual Meeting & Silent Auction

Please join us for a free evening of delicious food, and music while bidding on items donated by generous local businesses. Drink tickets will be available for $5.00 each. Silent auction packages may include event tickets, golf, dinner certificates, art, jewelry, hotel stays, special tours, books, professional services, children’s activities, fitness opportunities and more. 

This annual fundraiser features hors d' oeuvres from our preferred caterers: Endive Fine Catering, Gotta Have It Catering, Fox Brothers Bar-B-Q, Legacy Catering & Events, Oakhurst Market, Soiree Catering & Events, and Zest Atlanta. Décor or services provided by PeachyKeen Planners & Décor, SE Events, 2000 AD Inc, C Brown Photo and PeachTree Tents and Events.


Join these businesses which have already donated to raise money for the DeKalb History Center:

Agave, Align Health Coaching, Arcanum/Philip Hunter, ART Station Theatre, Druid Hill/Clark Ashton, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta Braves Foundation, Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association, Atlanta Marriott Century Center/Emory Area, Atlanta Preservation Center, Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters, Anne Bielowicz, Bold Catering & Design, Brannon Napier Elder Law,  Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa, Mark G. Burnette, Butter & Cream, C Brown Photo, Café Alsace, Center for Puppetry Arts, Chai Pani, Chattahoochee Nature Center, City of Decatur, Russell Clayton, CNN Studio Tours, The Corner Pub, Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta Decatur Downtown/Emory, Dad’s Garage Theatre Company, Decatur Ghost Tour, Decatur Downtown Development Authority, Decatur Yoga & Pilates, Druid Hills Civic Association, Virginie Drujon-Kippelen, Emory University, Farm Burger Decatur, Mike Fink Gallery, Melissa Forgey, The Great Frame Up, Historic Oakland Foundation, Inc., Suzahn Huffman-Donaldson, The Imperial, Intown Ace Hardware, Jim Jarboe - Atlanta Communities Real Estate, Jazmin Spa, Jazzercise Decatur Fitness Center, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Robert Kelley, Little Shop of Stories, Lotus of Life Chiropractic, Shawn McDaniel & Mike Roach, Mediterranean Grill, Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead, Mezcalito’s Cantina, Fred Mobley, Cathy Mullins, Parker’s on Ponce, Timothy H. Patton – Licensed Massage Therapist, Perry Julian Photography, Pets Playhouse on Ponce, Queen Lane Design, Raging Burrito, Roland Rodriguez, David Roper, Rick Setser, Laurie Smith/Restore Workshop, Siam Thai, Skip's Chicago Dogs, Souper Jenny, Sq/Ft, Claudia Stucke, Sun in My Belly, Sweet Melissa’s, Thai Chili, Nora Tocups – Patent Attorney, Trinity Mercantile & Design, Wade Walker Park Family YMCA, Wahoo! Grill, Debbie Williams, World of Coca-Cola, Worthmore Jewelers, The Wren’s Nest, Wylde Center, Zoo Atlanta


Friday, March 23, 6:00 to 8:30 pm

Historic DeKalb Courthouse

Free & Open to the public

Email Melissa for more information about donating to our auction!



This monthly program will emphasizes play and learning through the arts, sciences, and literature. Each class will feature a different central theme that we will use to rediscover or learn about the world around us. Past themes have included trucks, colors, and seasons.

“Welcome Wednesdays” is designed for children aged 2 - 5 with an accompanying adult. Each program is the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 10:30-11:30 AM.

Flower Power-April 11 2018

For theme schedule and dates:

Click Here For Themes and Dates

Contact Marissa for questions, 404 373 1088 ext 20,



DeKalb Traveler - Madison in May Spring Tour of Homes

Join the DHC for an out-of-town "DeKalb Traveler” excursion to historic Madison for the famous “Madison in May Spring Tour of Homes” – and leave the driving to us! Your day will include the tour of homes, boxed lunch, plus sightseeing beautiful Madison. We will travel by chartered bus; lunch and admission fees are included.

Madison is home to one of Georgia's largest Historic Districts and the tour of homes will feature historic private residences as well as the Madison-Morgan Cultural Arts Center, and historic churches. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone who loves architecture, history, and home design.

*This is primarily a walking tour (at your own pace). We will travel by bus to some of the farther locations.

Saturday, May 5th 9:00-5:00 pm

Departure location provided closer to the tour

Early birds tickets are $65 members only, $80 non member

-Purchase Tickets Here

Early bird pricing ends April 21.

Contact Marissa for questions, 404 373 1088 ext 20,