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.


Reclaimed by Nature: the Historic Davidson Quarries of Arabia Mountain

Opening Reception

The DeKalb History Center’s newest photography exhibit by Virginie Drujon-Kippelen, Reclaimed by Nature: the Historic Davidson Quarries of Arabia Mountain, features historic and contemporary photos of a former granite quarry at what is now the Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve. These quarries were historically an important part of DeKalb County's economy. Lithonia granite was used in paving and construction projects, including the Historic DeKalb Courthouse. In the 1970s the Davidson family donated over 500 acres of this land to DeKalb County for conservation and preservation. Since this land is no longer quarried, it is slowly being reclaimed by nature, although traces of its industrial past remain.

 

Virginie Drujon-Kippelen is a writer, photographer, and multimedia producer working in editorial, portrait, and commercial photography. Originally from France, she moved to the United States in 1991 and earned a Masters’ degree in print journalism from the University of Arizona. Drujon-Kippelen is currently based in Atlanta, Georgia and has worked as a Photo Editor at CNN.com. Her editorial photos have been featured in the New York Times. Her personal body of work investigates the contemporary landscape and our perception of nature in the urban environment.

Tuesday, January 31, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Historic DeKalb Courthouse, Lobby

Free and open to the public!

 

The History and Preservation od DeKalb's Historic African American Communities: Flat Rock and Shermantown

Ninth Annual Black History Month Celebration

A Learning Experience for the Entire Community! Join us as we welcome the CEO of DeKalb County, Michael Thurmond, to the Historic DeKalb Courthouse to deliver opening remarks at our ninth Black History Month Celebration, a symposium on The History and Preservation of DeKalb's Historic African American Communities: Flat Rock and Shermantown.

 

The program will be a dynamic, multi-layered mix of scholars, long-time residents of these historically African American communities, and theatrical entertainment to bring the history alive! Some of the topics for this symposium will include life for African Americans in these historic communities during the Progressive Era to the present, Jim Crow Laws, church life, education, civil rights movement, and the challenges of preserving these communities.

 

Your registration includes a catered buffet lunch. Call 404-373-1088, extension 26 for information or to register by phone. Teachers, please email donaldson@dekalbhistory.org for scholarship tickets.

 

Individual tickets are $30/$40 (discount for members)

Thursday, February 23, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Historic DeKalb Courthouse, Second Floor

This will be a ticketed event, with sponsorship opportunities available!

 

 

 

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

Lunch and Learn

More information coming soon!

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

Historic DeKalb Courthouse, Second Floor

Free and open to the public!

 

 

Annual Meeting and Silent Auction

More information coming soon!

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

Historic DeKalb Courthouse, Second Floor

Free and open to the public!