• Three Governors Controversy

    Three Governors Controversy

    Happy Election Day! If you think the current election gets the prize for most unusual or controversial, consider Georgia’s gubernatorial situation in 1947. Did you know that for a brief period of time, Georgia had three governors? Cast your vote, then learn about this controversy­­—including unexpected death, changing locks, and fistfights in the governor’s office—on […]

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  • Georgia Female College

    College Days and Soldier Serenades

    By Allison Dillard, Reference Services Coordinator At first of its kind in so many respects, Georgia Female College in Macon, Georgia was officially chartered in 1836 becoming the oldest degree granting women’s college in the world. The school’s name changed to Wesleyan Female College in 1843 and later, finally, to Wesleyan College, but the mission […]

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  • Crawford Williamson Long

    By Rachael Zipperer At a party, Crawford Williamson Long was struck with the idea for an innovation without which modern surgical practices would be unimaginable. An attendee of “ether frolics” where sulphuric ether was inhaled recreationally for its intoxicating effects, Long noticed that those under the influence seemed to feel no pain from the bumps […]

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  • Lt. T. H. Gignilliat: Father of the War Plane?

    By Brittany Mayo, Reference Assistant Nine years before Wilber and Orville made history at Kitty Hawk, flying machines were being developed at Georgia’s own American Aeronautic Machine Company. Chartered in 1892 for the commercial production and retail of airplanes, the company, the first of its kind, relied on the designs and research of T. H. […]

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  • Georgia Historical Society to Dedicate New Historical Marker in Montezuma to Macon County Training School

    Atlanta, Ga., September 14, 2016 – The Georgia Historical Society will erect a new historical marker in Montezuma, Georgia, to the Macon County Training School, part of the Rosenwald school building program. The keynote speaker for the event will be Dr. Samuel D. Jolley, Jr., Macon County Training School class of 1960.  Other speakers will […]

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  • Peyton Anderson Foundation Awards $15,000 Educational Grant to Georgia Historical Society

    Atlanta, Ga., August 31, 2016 – The Georgia Historical Society has received a $15,000 grant award from the Peyton Anderson Foundation in Macon to produce a series of educational programs titled “Live from the Archives: Georgia in the American Revolution.”  The series is designed for Bibb County students, teachers, and the general public focusing on […]

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  • Massie Heritage Center to Receive Roger K. Warlick Local History Achievement Award from Georgia Historical Society

    Savannah, Ga., August 4, 2016 –The Georgia Historical Society will present Massie Heritage Center with the 2016 Roger K. Warlick Local History Achievement Award in Media for its film Massie School: A Cradle of Public Education. The presentation will take place this evening, August 4, at 5:30 p.m. at Massie Heritage Center, 207 East Gordon […]

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  • Massie Heritage Center to Receive Roger K. Warlick Local History Achievement Award from Georgia Historical Society

    Savannah, Ga., July 21, 2016 – The Georgia Historical Society announced today that it has selected Massie Heritage Center as the recipient of the 2016 Roger K. Warlick Local History Achievement Award in Media for its film Massie School: A Cradle of Public Education. The ten-minute film, created by documentary filmmakers Michael Jordan and Dan […]

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  • Powering the American Dream

    Download a PDF of the 2016 Georgia History Festival Newspapers in Education insert “Powering the American Dream.”  

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  • A State of Innovation: Delta Air Lines

    Delta Air Lines A Story of Innovation In 1924, Huff Daland Dusters, a small crop-dusting operation, started operations in Macon, Georgia. That small company would grow into Delta Air Lines. This agricultural flying firm was the first of its kind in the United States. In 1925, just a year after starting the business, the headquarters […]

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