Monday, February 9, 2015

GaTOTA E-Newsletter.

Below please find the Feb. 9, 2015 issue of the GaTOTA E-Newsletter.
NEXT REGULAR MEETING: March 14, 2015, 10:30 am at the University of North Georgia, Dahlonega.
Guest Speaker : Walter J. Knapp, Instructor of Native American Culture and History at the University of North Georgia, and a member of the Georgia Trail of Tears Association.
Topic: Successes and Challenges for Native Americans Today and the Future.
APRIL 11, 10:30 AM: Georgia Chapter Board Meeting
MAY 9, 10:30 AM: Chapter Meeting at Bandy Center, Dalton State University, Dalton, GA. There will be a tour of the facility and a review of the documents stored there. Guest speaker will be Dr. John Fowler, Director.
JULY 11, 10:30 AM: Chapter Meeting in Fannin County. Place, topic, and Speaker TBA.
AUG. 8, 10:30 AM: Georgia Chapter Board Meeting
Sep. 12, 10:30 AM: Chapter Meeting at Kennesaw Mountain National Battle Park, Kennesaw, GA. Topic is Cherokee and the Civil War. Guest Speaker will be Robert Jones.
OCT. 5-8: 20TH Annual TOTA Conference & Symposium, Cape Girardeau, MO.
NOV. 14, 10:30 AM: Chapter Meeting at Funk Heritage Center, Waleska, GA. Topic will be the Wal-Mart Excavations, and the Guest Speaker will be Dr. Joe Kitchens. IMPORTANT! THIS IS ALSO ELECTION OF OFFICIERS. PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND.
Three 4 week sessions begin Feb. 24th in Dalonega; Feb. 25th in Cumming; and Feb. 26th in Gainesville. The classes run from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The first session is called “Origins.” Chapter member Walter Knapp teaches the courses. For more information contact the University
Member Linda Geiger reports that There is still space left in the course, The Five Civilized Tribes, Their Records and Where to Find Them, at the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., June 7 - June 12. The IGHR website is and specifics about this course can be found at
Women’s Work: A Survey of Handmade Textiles from Cherokee County
The Cherokee County History Museum is hosting the temporary exhibit from January 14 until May 16, 2015. The exhibit celebrates the craftsmanship and artistry used by the women and men of Cherokee County to create these local heirlooms. The exhibit was inspired by John Brooke and Sherree Sawyer when they stopped by to show us woven coverlets made by their ancestors in the late 1800s using thread from the Fincher mill in Waleska.
The textiles displayed include household items such as quilts, coverlets, crocheted bedspreads and tablecloths, decorative doilies and pillowcases, etc. Handmade clothing is also featured, including women’s blouses, bonnets, chemises, pantaloons and aprons from the 1800s, several heirloom christening gowns, baby booties, and girls’ dresses from the 1920s. Skills used to produce the textiles include spinning, dyeing, weaving, sewing, quilting, embroidery, tatting, crochet, knitting, leather work, and even a hat and purse made from cornhusks.
Special recognition is deserved for the committee members who helped gather, document, and display the items for the exhibit: Jennifer Bagwell, Donna Cain Callahan, Carme Stone, and Fran Whitfield. As committee member Jennifer Bagwell explained, "To be able to show the handiwork of our ancestors and current Cherokee Countians is truly a privilege. This exhibit is our way of honoring those people from our past and admiring those that are living today."
The exhibit will run from January 14 until May 16, 2015 and will be located in Suite 140 of the historic marble courthouse. The museum is located at 100 North Street, Canton 30114 and is free and open to the public. The operating hours are Wednesday-Friday from 10 to 5pm and Saturday from 10 to 3pm.
The Cherokee County Historical Society:
Is currently requesting nominations for the 2015 Historic Preservation Awards. Historic sites or structures must be at least 50 years old, and should exhibit outstanding success in historic preservation. Recently rehabilitated properties or those that have been carefully maintained over the years are eligible and the owners are encouraged to apply.
The Cherokee County Historical Society recognizes businesses and individuals for their achievement in historic preservation at the annual Preservation Awards Banquet, which will be held at the Northside Hospital Cherokee Conference Center at the Bluffs on Friday, March 20. The awards are given to encourage and educate the community about the benefits of protecting Cherokee County’s unique history. Properties are judged by the attention given to preserving historic features, and maintaining the integrity of initial design. Nomination forms and a list of previous winners are online at Nominations should be received by March 2. For more information please call 770-345-3288 or contact
The Cave Springs Historical Society Board held its meeting Jan 26, 2015. Click the link below for more information.…/the-cave-spring-h….
NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE HIKE: Sunday Feb. 15, 2015, 2 PM - 4
Lithia Springs, GA. Join us for a two hour moderate hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native American Indians, as we explore the eastside which will include a visit to the “Indian Cave.”Meet at the Visitor’s Center. REservations recommended.
Chickamauga & Chattanooga: DEMAND FOR BLOOD. Feb 14, 2015
Location: Moccasin Bend National Archeological District.
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 Pm
Fee: Free
Contact Name: Chickamauga Battlefield
Contact Phone: 706-866-9241
NEXT E-NEWS BLAST: _ Feb. 23, 2015. Happy Valentines Day. wjk

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