This annual exhibit contains materials from the Stephen Elliot Draper Collection of British & American Waterways in History and Law — rare books, treatises, manuscripts, maps, correspondence, laws, reports, drawings and ephemera that chronicle the early history of water use and development in Europe and the Americas. Featured as well are materials from the Archives for the Waters of Georgia in History, Law and Policy.
The third event in a series marking the 250th anniversary of John and William Bartram’s natural history expedition will be held Sept. 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the Russell Special Collections Libraries Building, focusing on art.
Artist Philip Juras will speak on “Rediscovering the Southern Landscape of the Late 18th Century,” and art professor Janice Simon will talk about “The Art of William Bartram.”
Much of the pre-settlement wilderness John and William Bartram encountered in Georgia and the South is now lost to memory; only a few remnants can still be found today. Inspired by William Bartram’s Travels, artist Philip Juras combines direct observation with the study of natural science and history to create scenes that offer a glimpse of the 18th century South. He will present his own vision of what the Bartrams saw, highlighting the path of discovery that led him to create the paintings on display in the library gallery.
An exhibit features original manuscripts, engravings, and maps from the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library as well as specimens from the Georgia Natural History Museum.
Two of Juras’ paintings are in the exhibit: Anthony Shoals (pictured), Broad River, Georgia, on loan from the Telfair Museum of Art (gift of Danyse and Julius Edel), and Jones Narrows, Isle of Hope (Wormsloe), Georgia, loaned from the collection of Craig and Diana Barrow.
Philip Juras is a landscape painter living in Athens, Georgia. In 2011 a major exhibition of his work portraying the southern wilderness as William Bartram described it in the 1770s opened at the Telfair Museums in Savannah and the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia. Philip’s award-winning book The Southern Frontier: Landscapes Inspired by Bartram’s Travels, published in conjunction with the Telfair exhibition, is now available in paperback from the University of Georgia Press. More information on Juras: http://philipjuras.com
Janice C. Simon is Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor of Art History in the Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia. A specialist in American art with a focus on nineteenth-century landscape painting and American art periodicals, she is the author of Images of Contentment: John Frederick Kensett and the Connecticut Shore and “Impressed in Memory: John Frederick Kensett’s Italian Scene” in Classic Ground: Mid-Nineteenth Century American Painters and the Italian Encounter.
The lecture will be followed by a reception, book-signing, and a gallery tour led by Philip Juras and Janice Simon.
Winners of the 2015 Lillian Smith Book Awards will be honored Sept. 6 at the Decatur Book Festival.
The University of Georgia Libraries sponsors the awards, in partnership with the Southern Regional Council, the Georgia Center for the Book and Piedmont College, to honor the social justice activist and highly-acclaimed author of Strange Fruit and Killers of the Dream.
Looking Back, Moving Forward: The Southwest Georgia Freedom Struggle 1814-2014 by Lee Formwalt, and Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South by Andrew Maraniss were chosen from 42 books submitted for consideration.
The awards will be made at 2:30 p.m. at the Decatur Library.
Founder and editor of The Journal of Southwest Georgia History, Lee Formwalt has written numerous scholarly articles and essays, and Looking Back, Moving Forward on southwest Georgia history, focusing largely on the African American experience. From 1999 to 2009, he was executive director of the Organization of American Historians, the world’s largest professional association and learned society devoted to the study of United States history. In 2009, he returned to Albany, GA, to become executive director of the Albany Civil Rights Institute. In his two years there, he created a monthly lecture series, more than doubled institute admissions, and more than tripled the number of institute members. He retired in 2011 and lives in Bloomington, Indiana, where he is currently working on a memoir. He earned bachelor and doctoral degrees in history at The Catholic University of America and his master’s degree in history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He was professor of history at Albany (GA) State University for 22 years and served his last two years there as dean of the Graduate School. The book was published by the Albany Civil Rights Institute.
Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South by Maraniss is a New York Times bestseller in both the sports and civil rights categories. A partner at McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations in Nashville, Maraniss studied history at Vanderbilt University as a recipient of the Fred Russell – Grantland Rice sportswriting scholarship, earning the school’s Alexander Award for excellence in journalism. He then worked for five years in Vanderbilt’s athletic department as the associate director of media relations. In 1998, he served as the media relations manager for the Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays during the team’s inaugural season, and then returned to Nashville to join MP&F. Maraniss is past president of the Nashville chapter of Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) and is an advisory board member of the Albert Pujols Family Foundation. He first wrote about Perry Wallace for a Black History course at Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt University Press published the book.
UGA’s Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library holds Smith’s personal papers, letters and manuscripts. She was an inaugural member of the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, based at the Hargrett Library. Piedmont College is home to the Lillian E. Smith Center, which serves as an educational center and an artist retreat. The center is located on the property where Smith lived and worked in Clayton, Georgia. The Southern Regional Council was founded in 1919 to combat racial injustice in the South. SRC initiated the Lillian Smith Book Awards shortly after Smith’s death in 1966 to recognize authors whose writing extends the legacy of the outspoken writer, educator and social critic who challenged her fellow Southerners and all Americans on issues of social and racial justice. The Georgia Center for the Book’s mission is the support of libraries, literary programs and literature, particularly Georgia’s rich literary heritage.
The second in a series of events marking the 250th anniversary of John and William Bartram’s natural history expedition will be held Sept. 3 in the Russell Special Collections Libraries Building.
Retracing the route of the Bartrams through the Southeast is as challenging as it is rewarding. An academic challenge is that the Bartrams travelled through regions of Georgia and Florida that were either uninhabited or so thinly settled that roads were not well documented on contemporary maps. Another challenge is that, in many places, what was wilderness in 1765 is now urban and suburban communities with modern roads and a lot of traffic. Brad Sanders will discuss the maps and historical resources that can be used to recreate the route of the Bartrams and the rewards of getting on the road and actually following in their footsteps.
The event begins at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium. The presentation will be followed by a reception and gallery tour, led by Brad Sanders and Mary Ellen Brooks, curator emerita of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
Brad Sanders is author of Guide to William Bartram’s Travels and the publisher of Traveller, the newsletter of the Bartram Trail Conference. He is on the board of the Bartram Trail Conference and is the web master of their web site. Sanders lives in Athens and is a retired high school teacher.
A full schedule is at: http://www.libs.uga.edu/hargrett/bartram/itinerary.html
A new single, “Bulldog Bite,” was playing on everyone’s radio. Buck Belue headed up UGA’s potent offense, along with the season’s breakout star, future Heisman winner Herschel Walker. The “Track People” were cheering for the “Silver Britches” in a final, boisterous hurrah.
It was 1980 and the University of Georgia Bulldogs were on their way to being “Unbeaten, Untied, Unbelievable“ and capturing a national championship. Those glory days are being revisited this fall at the Russell Special Collections Libraries with an exhibit of materials from the UGA Athletic Association archives.
Guided tours of the exhibit, “Undisputed,” will be offered Fridays at 3:30 p.m. before each home football fame, beginning Sept. 4.
Numerous photographs, many rarely, if ever, seen; the gleaming Silver Britches worn by the heroes of the day – Lindsay Scott, Rex Robinson, Carnie Norris, Scott Woerner; a piece of the railroad tracks made famous by its rowdy fans are among the artifacts visitors will see. In addition to an homage to the Track People, who lost their free seats when the east end of the stadium was enclosed after the 1980 season, tribute is also paid to the late Erk Russell, Georgia’s beloved defensive coordinator who coined the term “Junkyard Dogs,” leading the Redcoat Band to break into Jim Croce’s “Bad, bad Leroy Brown” after big plays.
The Russell Special Collections Libraries, at 300 S. Hull St., are open free to the public Monday through Friday and Saturdays 1-5 p.m., except on home football game days. In addition to the football exhibit, on display through November in the rotunda, there are three museum galleries with items from each library – the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Russell Library for Political Research and Studies and the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection.
A series of presentations at the University of Georgia will mark the 250th anniversary of the natural history expedition of John and William Bartram in Colonial Georgia.
Based on John Bartram’s journal account of their travels, this celebration marks their sojourn in Georgia between Sept. 3 and Oct. 8, 1765.
“John Bartram’s journal of his time in Georgia reveals a man interested in far more than botany,” said Dorinda Dallmeyer, who is leading the UGA observance. “His descriptions run the gamut from weather and mosquitoes to life in the backwoods and in Savannah. Fossils and millstones are as noteworthy as the settlers’ struggle to cultivate silk and herd their free-range cattle.”
John Bartram was a third-generation Pennsylvania Quaker with a curiosity and reverence for nature as well as a passion for scientific inquiry. In 1765, Bartram was appointed the “Royal Botanist” by King George III and, with his son William, set out for South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida on a collecting trip that would last two years.
A companion exhibit at the UGA Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries features original manuscripts, engravings, and maps from the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library as well as specimens from the Georgia Natural History Museum. The exhibit will be on display through Dec. 23.
All events are free and open to the public. A complete schedule can be found at: http://www.libs.uga.edu/hargrett/digital/bartram/index.html. Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at the special collections building, which is open free to the public Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays.
Opening the observance August 22 at 7 p.m. will be actor and playwright J.D. Sutton who brings William Bartram to life, sharing tales of his adventures and his awe-struck wonder of the mountains, cascading streams and remarkable beauty of the southern states.
“Traveling from the wilderness of Florida to the mountains of North Carolina and the banks of the Mississippi, Bartram took extensive notes of what he saw and the people he encountered, leaving us a remarkable time-capsule of our country’s early frontier,” Sutton said.
The audience will have an opportunity to ask “Mr. Bartram” questions as part of the performance, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Russell Special Collections Building. A reception and gallery tour will follow.
This theatrical performance illuminates Bartram’s encounters with Indians, his vivid descriptions of plants and animals, and the wonders of nature he experienced.
The presentation will be followed by a reception and gallery tour led by Mary Ellen Brooks, curator emerita of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
In 1765, John Bartram was appointed the “Royal Botanist” by King George III and, with his son William, set out for South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida on a collecting trip that would last two years.
Based on John Bartram’s journal account of their travels, this celebration, which begins Aug. 22, marks their sojourn in Georgia between September 3 and October 8, 1765. A gallery exhibit at the UGA Special Collections Library features original manuscripts, engravings, and maps from the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library as well as specimens from the Georgia Natural History Museum. A series of six lectures will further explore the natural and cultural history the Bartrams saw in colonial Georgia. All events are free and open to the public.
A full schedule is here: http://www.libs.uga.edu/hargrett/bartram/
This 250th anniversary observance is sponsored by the Bartram Trail Conference, the UGA Special Collections Library, the Georgia Natural History Museum, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, the UGA College of Environment and Design, and the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts.
Unless otherwise indicated, all events will be held at the Special Collections Library, Richard B. Russell Building, 300 South Hull Street, on the University of Georgia Campus. Parking is available at the Hull Street parking deck immediately adjacent to the Library.
The electronic archive of Savannah’s historic newspapers has recently been expanded through the Digital Library of Georgia, based at the University of Georgia Libraries.
The Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive provides online access to 17 newspaper titles published in Savannah from 1809 to 1880. Consisting of more than 103,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. Additionally, the site is compatible with all current browsers without the use of plug-ins or software downloads.
The archive now includes the following Savannah newspaper titles: Daily Morning News (1850-1864), Daily News and Herald (1866-1868) and Savannah Daily Herald (1865-1866), in addition to the titles previously included in the archive: Daily Georgian (1835-1847), Daily Republican (1839-1840), Daily Savannah Republican (1829-1839), Georgian (1819-1823, 1829-1835), Republican and Savannah Evening Ledger (1809-1816), Savannah Daily Georgian (1853-1856), Savannah Daily Morning News (1868), Savannah Daily Republican (1818-1824, 1840-1852, 1855-1858, 1866-1867), Savannah Georgian (1825-1829, 1847-1849), Savannah Georgian and Journal (1856), Savannah Morning News (1868-1880), Savannah National Republican (1865), Savannah Republican (1816-1818, 1824-1828, 1853-1855, 1858-1865) and Weekly Georgian (1839-1841). The archive is available athttp://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/savnewspapers.
The Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia, as part of the Georgia HomePLACE initiative. The Digital Library of Georgia is a project of Georgia’s Virtual Library GALILEO and is based at the University of Georgia. Georgia HomePLACE is supported with federal LSTA funds administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
Other newspaper archives available through the Digital Library of Georgia include the Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive (1847-1922), the Macon Telegraph Archive (1826-1908), the Athens Historic Newspapers Archive (1827-1928), the South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive (1845-1922), the Columbus Enquirer Archive (1828-1890), the North Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive (1850-1922), the Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive (1808-1920), the Southern Israelite Archive (1929-1986), the Red and Black Archive (1893-2006) and the Mercer Cluster Archive (1920-1970). These archives can be accessed athttp://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/MediaTypes/Newspapers.html.
Music Voyager is a travel series that uses music as the key to unlock the arts, food, and music scenes of cities around the world. Last November, the Music Voyager team visited Georgia, filming in Macon, Athens, and Atlanta. This Friday, June 19th, Georgia Public Broadcasting will broadcast the Athens/Macon episode at 7:30 p.m.
Please join us at the Rialto Room of Hotel Indigo beginning at 7:00 p.m. for a free screening of this heaping helping of local culture. Athenians and Athens scenes featured in this episode include Kishi Bashi, the Whigs, the 40 Watt Club, Art Rosenbaum, Michael Lachowski, the Art Rocks Athens exhibit at the UGA Special Collections Library, and chef Peter Dale of the National.
For more information, Mary Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-542-4789
Join the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies for the First Person Project, an oral history series documenting the experiences of everyday Georgians, on Friday, June 19, 2015 in the Richard B. Russell Building for Special Collections Libraries.
Six sets of partners will be accepted for this First Person Project session, scheduled for Friday, June 19th between 9:00am and 4:00pm. Each audio recording session takes one hour to complete. Photographs of interview pairs will also be taken for each session. The Russell Library will archive the interviews to add to its documentation of life in post 20th century Georgia and will provide participants with a free digital download of the recording and photographs. A $10 donation is suggested for each participant pair.
If you have a friend or family member with a story to tell, become a part of the First Person Project. Reservations are on a first come, first serve basis and can be made by calling 706-542-5782 or emailing email@example.com.
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Modeled roughly on StoryCorps, a national initiative partnered with National Public Radio and the Library of Congress, the First Person Project is smaller in scale but similar in concept, providing tools to would-be oral history interviewers and interviewees, including tips on how to create questions and conduct interviews. The project was inspired by the belief that everyone is an eyewitness to history, and that everyone, sometimes with a little encouragement, has a story to tell.
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