The Athens Historical Society
was founded in 1959 and is dedicated to
preserving the history of Athens, Clarke
County and the surrounding area. The
Society is a non-profit organization
under federal 501(c)(3) regulations.
in the Society offers informative
quarterly meetings (typically the third
Sunday of January, March, May and
October), interesting projects,
newsletters and other opportunities for
learning more about the Athens area.
Details about the
issued by the Society may be seen on the
Publications page of this website.
welcome to our membership
anyone interested in documenting and
preserving the history and heritage of
the Athens area.
Meeting Schedule for 2012
free and open to the public.
January 15, 2012
The Furniture of
Henry Eugene Thomas
by Ashley Callahan
The bellflower motif
adorns many pieces of furniture
built by local craftsman Henry
Eugene (Gene) Thomas (1883-1965).
Tour of exhibition to follow
March 18, 2012
UGA Special Collections
the New Richard B. Russell
Special Collections Libraries
Our program will feature talks
about the various collections now
housed in this lovely new
facility, including Chuck Barber
from the Hargrett Rare Book and
Manuscript Library, Jill Severn of
the Russell Library for Political
Research and Studies, and Ruta
Abolins of the Walter J. Brown
Media Archives and the Peabody
Collection. A tour of public areas
of the building will follow the
May 15, 2012
World’s Smallest Airport
by H. Grady Thrasher III
recognized air show began in
Athens and Elberton, Georgia,
following the end of World War
II. In over 300 shows
spanning five years, the brothers
performed amazing feats with
unlikely airplanes at airports
from Pennsylvania to Miami to
Houston. In 1976, the new
Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
in Washington, DC, honored the
three Thrasher brothers, Grady,
Richard (Bud) and Tunis, for their
exhibition flying exploits.
October 21, 2012
Jackson St. Bldg.
Civil War in Georgia
by John Inscoe
John Inscoe, editor
of The Civil War in Georgia,
will address how we understand the
war differently during the
Sesquicentennial than we did
during the Centennial of
1961-1965. He will also
discuss how the scholarship on the
war has evolved in a variety of
new directions since the
Centennial, and how Georgia has
perhaps the most varied and
pervasive post-war legacies of any
Southern state. A book signing
will follow Inscoe’s talk.
January 20, 2013
meetings will be posted
as they are announced.
Meeting notification by email.