Office of the President

Dr. Todd Groce gives an overview of the
Georgia Historical Society and its mission.

One of the leading public history executives in the nation, W. Todd Groce has over 25 years of experience as an educator and administrator and has led institutions in raising $80 million for educational programming, capital projects, and endowment.

Born in Virginia and reared in Tennessee, Dr. Groce graduated cum laude and with honors in history from the University of Memphis (’84) and earned an M.A. (’87) and Ph.D. (’92) in history from the University of Tennessee. While in graduate school he taught American history at the University of Tennessee and Maryville College.

In 1990 Dr. Groce left the academy and began his career in public history.  He served five years as executive director of the East Tennessee Historical Society, taking that institution to the next level through the development of a new regional history museum.  In November 1994 Dr. Groce was named executive director of the Georgia Historical Society, and in April 2006 he was elected the institution’s 43rd president.

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Upcoming Events

Date/Time Event
Thursday, Sep 20, 2018
12:00 pm
Dr. Todd Groce to Speak at Historic Columbus Foundation Luncheon
Dr. Groce will be the featured speaker for Historic Columbus Foundation's Lunch & Lecture Series on Thursday, September 20, 2018. The event begins at 12:00 P.M. and will be held at Blanchard Hall at Synovus, 1148 Broadway Street in Columbus, Georgia. Registration is required. Visit for more information and to register.

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2018
Dr. Todd Groce to speak at Connoisseurs Tours Civil War Symposium
Dr. Groce is a featured speaker for Civil War: The Western Front, a program by Connoisseurs Tours. For more information, visit

Thursday, Nov 1, 2018
Dr. Todd Groce to speak to Kiwanis Club of Skidaway Island
Dr. Groce will present a program on the Tet Offensive with Dr. Ted Moore. This is a private event.

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018
Dr. Groce to speak at the Ford Plantation
This is a private event.