Savannah, GA., November 5, 2015 – The Georgia Historical Society will present the Roger K. Warlick Local History Achievement Award to an unprecedented eight Augusta area cultural institutions for the Augusta and the Civil War Symposium Series. They are the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area, Augusta Civil War Roundtable, Augusta Museum of History, Augusta-Richmond County Historical Society, The Center for the Study of Georgia History at Augusta University, Historic Augusta, Inc. & Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson, Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, and the Morris Museum of Art.
The Warlick awards, named in honor of former Georgia Historical Society President Roger K. Warlick, are given each year by the Georgia Historical Society and serve to honor those affiliate chapters who demonstrate, through their efforts, original projects or ideas that utilize historical resources in new and interesting ways and make local history relevant and meaningful to the community, allowing audiences to make the important connections between the past and the present.
“This symposium was an incredible five year collaboration by eight organizations who worked together to thematically demonstrate Augusta’s role in the Civil War,” said Dr. W. Todd Groce, President and CEO of the Georgia Historical Society. “Through lectures, tours, and visits to historical sites they were able to create a better understanding of life in Augusta from secession through emancipation.”
The presentation will take place Friday, November 6, at 5:30 p.m. at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 1223 Laney Walker Boulevard in Augusta.
The presentation will take place as part of the annual Dr. Edward J. Cashin Memorial Woodrow Wilson Lecture. The speaker for this year’s lecture is Dr. Bobby Donaldson from the University of South Carolina. The theme is emancipation and the title of his speech is “‘Everything is Entirely Reversed:’ African Americans, the Civil War, and the Meaning of Freedom.”