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Looking Back at Athens: 200th Year Anniversary

January 20 - February 9, 2001

Old image of downtown Athens

From the Athens Daily Banner, October 6, 1900, p.1:

The Program for Today: Every Citizen Urged to Attend the Closing Fireworks Exhibit Tonight on the Campus

This is the last day of the Carnival.

There will be no parades and no special features and yet it promises to be one of the greatest days of all. It will be a day of general jollification. Everybody is expected to go through the midway. It would not be exactly right for the people to miss the opportunity of bidding farewell to the animal show, to the Galveston horrors, to Lunette, to Jumbo the great snake, and to Bosco the snake eater.

When the shades of night fall those citizens having Japanese lanterns are expected to hang them out and thus add to the beautiful illuminations of the city. Then will come the grand conclusion of it all - the greatest of the fireworks displays by Pain. Among the special features will be the burning of the picture of William Jennings Bryan, the next president of the United States. A full attendance of Athenians at the fireworks display tonight means a successful end to the Carnival from a financial standpoint. The weather has been very inauspicious, but a good crowd tonight at the fireworks will pull the association out of the hole.


This exhibit displays a variety of materials on Athens found in Hargrett Library collections. Pamphlets, photographs, broadsides, maps, newspapers, and ephemera all help to piece together the history of Athens.


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