A reading and reception to mark publication of The Tangible Past in Athens, Georgia, a collection of 18 essays by a variety of Athenians, will be held Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. in the auditorium of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.
More than 200 years after its beginning, Athens has grown from some hardy adventurers near the western boundary of the United States, on “Indian lands,” into a diverse and appealing city approaching a population of 125,000 known nationally and beyond for its vibrancy, erudition and good living, according to contributor Milton Leathers, a member of the original committee organized in 2010 to document the changing architectural composition of the town.
“Although this book is largely concerned with the built environment,” Leathers said, “without people there would be no buildings. Therefore, lots of families are included in these pages.”
The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library served as the source of much of the material and Steven Brown, university archivist emeritus, contributed to the research and writing for the project.
The hefty, handsome volume was edited by Charlotte Marshall and designed by Kenneth Storey. It contains more than 700 illustrations and eight appendices.
The event, open free to the public, is sponsored by the University Libraries.