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.

Dance Hall Decatur

Help us with some fun fundraising! Great music, sodas and light snacks included with your reservation. Drink tickets available at the event. Professional DJ services will be provided by Swillionaire Productions, spinning great dance hits from the 1970s to now.

Friday, April 17, 8:00 p.m. - Midnight

Historic DeKalb Courthouse, Second Floor

$10/$15 per adult reservation (discount for DHC members)

Reduced ticket price of $5 for guests under 21 only, please

Online ticketing is over - you can still purchase tickets by check, cash or charge at the door!


Lunch and Learn - The History of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Our May Lunch and Learn will be presented by Bob Kelley, author of a new book by Arcadia Publishing. Bob will present history uncovered during his research on this newest Images of America book which covers the CDC, or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


For over 60 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has worked tirelessly to address infectious diseases and other health hazards. Through the vision of Dr. Joseph W. Mountin, the Communicable Disease Center was created in 1946 as the successor to Malaria Control in War Areas (MCWA), a division of the Public Health Service based in Atlanta. The new agency, CDC, was charged with monitoring and controlling malaria, typhus, and other infectious diseases nationwide. Successful in addressing a wide array of health emergencies—including polio, measles, influenza, Legionnaires’ disease, toxic shock syndrome, and the Ebola virus—one of the CDC’s crowning achievements was its role in the global eradication of smallpox. Known today as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is recognized as the nation’s premier health promotion, prevention, and preparedness agency and a global leader in public health. Discover how a bad batch of polio vaccine brought a nationwide immunization campaign to a standstill, how the mysterious Legionnaires’ disease sparked nationwide panic and how, today, CDC scientists are at the forefront of prevention research.


Bob Kelley is an accredited business communicator and writer. Kelley is on the board of the DeKalb History Center and also wrote the book Doraville for the Images of America series.  For this publication, he compiled vintage photographs from the David J. Sencer CDC Museum and various national health agencies to trace the history of this iconic public health agency.

Tuesday, May 19, noon - 1:00 p.m.

Historic DeKalb Courthouse, Second Floor

Free - Bring your lunch!


Civil War Walking Tour

Join us for guided Civil War walking tours in downtown Decatur. The hour-long tour begins in the Lobby of the Historic DeKalb Courthouse and complements our new exhibit, Tears and Curses: A Human Perspective on the Civil War. You will learn about the early history of the county, the effects of the war on the civilian population in DeKalb, the Atlanta campaign, and the Battle of Decatur. This popular tour will resume in March. Or schedule a tour of the DeKalb History Center's historic structures for a group of 10 or more.

Click here for our Tour Page!

Historic DeKalb Courthouse, Main Floor

$10 for adults, $6 for kids (age 6 - 18), under 5 free with an adult. For reservations call 404-373-1088, extension 20, or click for email.

Make reservations online via PayPal - please write the date of the Walking Tour in the Notes Section.


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