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.

High Noon History

"Bring a sandwich, bring a friend, and enjoy some history!" The DeKalb History Center announces "High Noon History", a new tour offering on Fridays in May - May 5, May 12, May 19, May 26. The tour will last 30 minutes, perfect for those on their lunch break. Topics will include Architecture of the Historic DeKalb Courthouse and Decatur Square history. Reservations are not required. We will begin on the south steps of the Historic DeKalb Courthouse at 12:00 p.m. FREE for Members.

FREE/$3 (discount for members)

Friday, May 5, noon - 12:30 p.m.

Historic DeKalb Courthouse, south steps (outside)


May Lunch & Learn with Patrick Sullivan

The Best in this Section: Lithonia, the DeKalb Granite Industry, and Metro Atlanta’s Early Soccer History

Professional soccer marked its return to Atlanta in March 2017 with the inaugural season of the Atlanta United Football Club. While soccer is often viewed as relatively new sport in the United States, and the South in particular, the history of the game in Metro Atlanta extends back almost 130 years and has its local origins in DeKalb County’s granite quarry industry. Immigrant English, Scottish, and Welsh stonecutters brought soccer over when they arrived in Georgia during 1880s and 1890s. Teams and players representing Lithonia and Stone Mountain later emerged as stalwarts of the sport when organized league play began in Atlanta in 1908 and continued (off and on) through the late 1920s.  The Lunch & Learn presentation will explore the largely forgotten history of soccer in Atlanta and DeKalb County during the early twentieth century, examine the sport’s strong ties with the Lithonia branch of the Paving Cutters’ Union, and highlight some of the prominent individuals who promoted and played the game here.


Patrick Sullivan is an architectural historian with New South Associates in Stone Mountain, Georgia. He received his M.A. in Heritage Preservation from Georgia State University.  Mr. Sullivan has been investigating the history of soccer in Atlanta as a personal research project over the past two years.

Free and open to the public!

Tuesday, May 16, noon - 1:00 pm

Historic DeKalb Courthouse, Second Floor


Exhibits Open During the Decatur Arts Festival

Extended hours for our four exhibits: Reclaimed by Nature: the Historic Davidson Quarries of Arabia Mountain; Decorative Arts from the Permanent Collection; Tears and Curses: A Human Focus on the Civil War; and The Mid-Century Ranch House: Hip and Historic! 

Free and open to the public! Our galleries will be open:

Saturday, May 27, 10:00 am to 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 28, Noon to 6:00 p.m.

Historic DeKalb Courthouse (lobby)


"Welcome Wednesdays" Toddler Time

Join us for our first class "Colors!" where we will explore all colors that make up our world. In this program, we will discover how to make new colors by mixing primary colors, and we will go on a hunt for colors in our museum. In all of the programs, children will listen to a story and work on an art project based on the theme of the program.


Held from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., most programs are the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Dates include: June 14, July 12, August 16 (3rd Wednesday), September 13, October 11, November 8, and December 13. Infants 12 months and under and accompanying adults FREE. RSVP recommended. Contact Marissa at for more information, or call 404-373-1088, extension 20.

Ages 2 - 5 (with an adult)

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

June 14, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Historic DeKalb Courthouse (lobby)