Saturday, September 26, 2009

Colonial Williamsburg Debuts Scene Depicting Native Americans on Eve of American Revolution

/PRNewswire/ -- The Native American presence in pre-Revolutionary War Williamsburg is reflected in a new Revolutionary City story that begins a three-week run Oct. 3.

"So Far From Scioto" chronicles the story of three young Shawnee emissaries brought to Williamsburg in 1774 as security to ensure compliance with a peace agreement that ended Lord Dunmore's War in the Ohio Country.

As diplomatic hostages, the Shawnee delegation witnesses the turmoil and public outcry at the beginnings of the American Revolution in Williamsburg; the seizure of the colony's gunpowder at the Magazine by British marines, news of bloodshed at Lexington and Concord, and Lord Dunmore's hurried departure from the Governor's Palace and Williamsburg in the face of growing conflict with Virginian patriots. Torn by homesickness, political uncertainty and their sense of honor to serve as security for the safety of the Shawnee people, they consider their course of action.

"So Far From Scioto" is presented at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily except Mondays, Oct. 3 - 24 in the Governor's Palace garden and is part of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's American Indian Initiative, which takes a broad-based approach to include the histories of Native peoples in 18th-century Williamsburg.

"So Far From Scioto" will be the first Revolutionary Story to draw on the talents and resources of the American Indian community. The Shawnee characters will be portrayed by an all Native cast.

Admission to "So Far From Scioto" is by Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket.

Colonial Williamsburg's American Indian Initiative and "So Far From Scioto" are supported by gifts from two generous Colonial Williamsburg donors.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

ATF Transfers Alexander Hamilton Document to National Archives

/PRNewswire/ -- In a ceremony today, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) transferred an original 18th century Alexander Hamilton document to the National Archives. The document will become part of the permanent holdings of the National Archives and will be preserved in a locked, temperature and humidity-controlled stack area in its College Park, Md., facility.

The document, dated Dec. 18, 1790, and signed by the nation's first Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton, is a circular letter distributed to the customs agents of the United States. Secretary Hamilton's letter describes the method for measuring the proof of distilled spirits for taxation.

"The National Archives is pleased to accept this important gift record. Treasury Secretary Hamilton's letter is one of the foundation documents of ATF. It is also an important piece of American history because the policies laid out in the circular contributed to one of the earliest challenges to the new government," said Acting Archivist of the United States Adrienne Thomas in accepting the document.

"The men and women of ATF have a long and distinguished history of serving the citizens of this country and pursuing the nation's most violent criminals," said ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson. "But it all started back in 1790, with Alexander Hamilton and this circular letter. While this priceless document was certainly in good hands for the last 35 years in the protection of ATF, it is time we return this rare item to its rightful owners, the National Archives and the American people."

The early history of this circular remains a mystery, but it was discovered in the mid 1970s by ATF Public Information Officer Howard Criswell Jr. Criswell collected autographs as a hobby and came across the letter in a catalogue from an autograph dealer in New York City. He purchased it for about $100, intending to use the letter for an ATF bicentennial exhibit. It remained in a safe until Sept. 27, 1979, when another ATF employee discovered it and suggested it be placed on display. Because of concerns that prolonged exposure to light would fade the document, the circular was placed back in safekeeping, where it remained until it was rediscovered by ATF employees during a relocation of the its headquarters building in 2005.

At the end of the American Revolution, the national government owed $37 million dollars in debt, a figure dwarfed by the $114 million owed by the states. At Hamilton's urging, the federal government assumed responsibility for the debt of the states. One of the first attempts by Congress to reduce the national debt was the Tariff of 1789, which among other items, placed duties on the import of distilled spirits. Quickly realizing that these duties were not generating enough revenue, a higher tariff was passed by Congress in 1790. The letter ATF transferred to the National Archives describes how duties from the Tariff of 1790 would be determined.

Inventive Americans reacted to the duties on imported spirits by increasing the production of domestic alcoholic beverages. Hamilton successfully petitioned Congress for passage of another act in 1791, providing for a tax on spirits produced in the United States. The 1791 act prompted widespread hostility and noncompliance, and became known as "The Whiskey Rebellion." Enraged citizens demonstrated in several cities, and a number of federal agents were harassed and threatened. The rebellion ended in 1794, when a large federal force convinced the protesters to return to their homes. This revolt was the first test of power of the new federal government, establishing its authority in disputes with individual states.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Hampton Hotels Heads to Mayberry to Fix Up The Andy Griffith Show’s Old City Jail

(BUSINESS WIRE)--In 1960, the first episode of The Andy Griffith Show aired, and Sheriff Andy Taylor, Deputy Barney Fife, Opie, and Aunt Bee won over the hearts of viewers everywhere. The quaint, fictional town of Mayberry felt like home for many. Now, fans can visit familiar Mayberry landmarks in Mount Airy, N.C., Andy Griffith’s hometown. The historic Old City Jail is one such place, and today local volunteers from Hampton Hotels’ Save-A-Landmark program ( will help to restore this historic site. The jail is the 48th landmark to be refurbished in the 39th state through the Save-A-Landmark program.

More than 20 volunteers gathered from local Hampton Hotels throughout North Carolina to help preserve the site in time for the town’s annual Mayberry Days festival. The work included general cleaning of the facility, painting, and landscaping. Hampton Hotels’ Save-A-Landmark program will donate $10,000 to the Old City Jail for future refurbishment efforts including renewed flooring at the site. Hampton also surprised the local Jones Intermediate School of Mount Airy with a check for $5,000 to help buy new books and supplies for the school’s library. Spokesperson Chris Epting, author & pop-culture historian, also spoke to the 4th grade class at Jones Intermediate School about the importance of preserving their local community.

“The Andy Griffith Show is truly a representation of American life in the 1960s,” said Judy Christa-Cathey, vice president of global brand marketing for Hampton Hotels. “I can still remember watching the show with my family as a child and feeling a connection to those characters and the town of Mayberry. Hampton Hotels’ Save-A-Landmark program is helping to ensure that the Old City Jail and the spirit of Mayberry are carried on for future generations to enjoy.”

Old City Jail was home to Mount Airy’s real jail for many years and served as its Municipal Building, which housed many city offices and the local police department. Several years ago, the offices moved to a new Municipal Building and the town re-created the Old City Jail. Mount Airy is Andy Griffith’s hometown and is reflected in many ways in The Andy Griffith Show’s town of Mayberry. Every year, fans can celebrate Mayberry’s charm during Mount Airy’s annual festival, Mayberry Days. Mayberry Days is held September 24-27 and offers activities for the whole family, such as tribute actors like “The Deputy” and “Floyd the Barber,” local bands playing The Andy Griffith Show theme songs, and old-fashioned soda pop for all to enjoy.

The Old City Jail is Hampton’s seventh landmark to be restored in 2009 as part of the “All-American Landmarks” campaign. This year, Hampton is devoted to restoring sites that represent what it means to be American, just like Mayberry’s Old City Jail as well as others like the Steamboat Belle of Louisville in Louisville, Ky. and the Neon Museum in Las Vegas, Nev. Each site that Save-A-Landmark will refurbish reflects the individual personalities of the states and their residents and signifies defining moments in the country’s past.

Communities across the country showed their American spirit by casting thousands of votes to help elect the nine landmarks that will be restored this year. The public voted for their favorite “All-American Landmarks” in nine states, including Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Over the years, Hampton has worked to preserve 47 other historical, fun and cultural landmarks from the Carousel Gardens in New Orleans, La. to the historical National Monument to the Forefathers in Plymouth, Mass. During this time, the program has helped research landmarks in need, promoted landmark sites and their importance, facilitated tens of thousands of volunteer hours, donated several tons of supplies and worked with matching grants – all at an investment of more than $3.5 million. Uniting its hotels together in the communities they serve, Hampton employee-volunteers work hand-in-hand on the landmarks while Hampton provides the financial support to refurbish selected sites. The Save-A-Landmark program has already successfully refurbished a landmark in 38 states, continuing on with the ultimate goal to “save” a landmark from each of the 50 states by the end of 2010.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

World Freedom Began With the Emancipation Proclamation

/PRNewswire/ -- On September 22, 2009, 12:00 PM at the Navy Memorial and on every military post and government office throughout the world, the 147th Anniversary of the Issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation will be commemorated.

The National Association of Colored Women's Clubs ( is asking black co-workers to invite their counterpart co-workers and friends to read together in silent or public fellowship the Battle Hymn of the Republic.

At a time when our country faces war it is important for all to remember that the sacrifices made for emancipation mirrors the sacrifices being made to free the world from terror. It is vital that the world be reminded by this fellowship of our country's core principle. The Battle Hymn states "As he died to make men holy let us die to make men free". The issuance of the proclamation was secured by the sacrifice of more than ten thousand lives at the Battle of Antietam. President Lincoln made a covenant with God that he would "free the slaves should by his grace the union army drive the enemy from Maryland".

The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COLORED WOMEN'S CLUBS, INC. is a 501(C) (3) Taxed Exempt Organization created for educational purposes. It is one the OLDEST WOMEN'S ORGANIZATION IN THE WORLD and dedicated to Historic Black Colleges, Universities and Worldwide Education. The Talented Tenth of the Post War Baby Boom occupied the building located at 1601 R St. NW Washington, DC. Under the club name "Foxtrappe" those members, mostly employed in government, began the outreach in 1992.

Through the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs website, NACWC.ORG, black government worker and soldiers are being asked to initiate this commemoration with their counterparts. We believe this out reach will help overcome the guilt and shame that has often distracted Americans from appreciating the significance of the Emancipation Proclamation and the sacrifice made for it.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Seven Islands Artifact Day in Flovilla Sept. 26th

9/15/09 Got Arrowheads? Artifacts? Here's your chance to show them to somebody who just might know what they are....and where they came from.

The public is invited to bring arrowheads and other artifacts to be identified and dated by the Ocmulgee Archeological Society at The Indian Springs Hotel/Museum in Flovilla, GA on September 26th, from Noon to 4 pm.

The free event offers individuals a chance to chat with Archeologist, Stephen Hammock, and Historian, Sam Lawson. Jerald Ledbetter, the Georgia Paleoindian Recordation Project Coordinator, and John Whatley, author of "An Overview of Georgia Projectile Points and Selected Cutting Tools", will be on hand to identify Clovis, Dalton, and other early projectile points.

Last year, a 10,000 year old clovis point was identified, so bring whatever you may have found, even if you are not sure what it is.

There will be several collections on display, flintknapping demonstrations by Dave Sweatman, several atl-atls, primitive weapons, and friction fire demonstrations by Kim Ruff.

The event will take place on the porch of the Indian Springs Hotel Museum. Everyone is invited to join in with the PICKIN ON THE PORCH acoustic jam on the back porch.The event is sponsored by the Historic Village at Indian Springs, Generations Gallery and The Butts County Historical Society. The Museum is inside the restored Inn where the Treaty of 1825 was signed by Chief William McIntosh, deeding the lands that are now Georgia to the US. The museum, cafe', gallery and all the village shops are open weekends.

The Hotel is located across the street from the the entrance to the Indian Springs State Park, six miles south of Jackson, GA at 1807 Highway 42 South. You may call 1 800- 352 -7212 for directions and more information. From I-75, take Exit 205 East thru Jackson on Highway 16. Look for signs to Indian Springs State park as you turn south on Highway 42.

Seven Islands refers to the site of a large Indian Settlement where over 1400 families once lived in the Lake Jackson Area.
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Monday, September 14, 2009

Tellus Science Museum joins Smithsonian Affiliate Program

/PRNewswire/ -- Tellus: Northwest Georgia Science Museum joins a prestigious collection of museums as a member of the Smithsonian Affiliations Program. Georgia's newest world-class science museum will now have greater access to the collections and educational resources of the 47 museums, libraries, and research centers in the Smithsonian network.

"We are proud to be a member of the program," said Jose Santamaria, executive director of Tellus. "We look forward to working with the Smithsonian to expand the museum-going experience for our visitors."

Established in 1996, the Smithsonian Affiliations Program has built partnerships with 165 museums, educational and cultural organizations in 40 states, Panama and Puerto Rico. The program allows Affiliates to obtain long-term loans of art, artifacts, and books from any of the Smithsonian's collections and fosters resource sharing, educational initiatives, scholarly exchange and research efforts. Affiliate organizations are selected for their high quality of exhibitions, scholarship, and museum educational programs.

Tellus features one of only two digital planetariums in Georgia, and four galleries: Weinman Mineral Gallery; Fossil Gallery; Science in Motion, a journey through the development of motorized transportation; and Collins Family Big Backyard, a hands-on activity gallery for children. The museum spans 120,000 square feet.

"Joining the Smithsonian Affiliations Program is validation that Tellus is a world-class museum," Santamaria said. "Becoming an affiliate of the Smithsonian involves a rigorous process for qualification as they only accept museums who have the highest standards and who are capable of caring for projects as they would."

Tellus opened in January and was built on the site of the Weinman Mineral Museum. The Weinman was 9,000 square feet, and today it would nearly fit inside any of the new museum's galleries. Tellus is projected to pass 150,000 visitors before the end of the year.

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

"Today in Fayetteville" September 15, 1891


                                 THE FAYETTEVILLE NEWS

                                           Sept. 15, 1991

Inman, Ga.

The summer is gone, The soft, sweet tones of the "belle" are heard no more, if we are to judge from the forlorn expression of the faces of some of our boys.

While attempting to kindle a fire in the furnace of his steam engine, the other day, Mr JB Hightower had his face badly burned. We are glad to say however, that he is improving rapidly now and we think he will soon be well again. 

The lumber is on the grounds and the building in process of erection for the co-operative Alliance store at Inman.

Rev CM Verdel preached a learned and impressive sermon at Liberty Sunday, Text: Looking diligently lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel  of meat sold his birthright, Hebrew X11, 16. Subject: The downfall of the wrong and triumph of the right. As usual, he handled his subject magnificently.

Bring your cotton to Fayetteville

Fine tobacco at Davis and Kerlin

Fine dress goods, just opened, at ST and AO Blalock

Our town will be crowded with people next week attending court. 

The confederate veterans of the county meet today at the court house.

It is the thought that the next term of our school will be the most prosperous one in  its history. There is no better place to send your children than to the Fayetteville High school.

Dr JE Tucker has moved his office. He can be found in the little building between the jail  and JW Kitchens store in the day and at the Burks House at night.

Atlanta & Florida Railroad Schedule south bound

Atlanta                         4:00 PM

Yard                            4:15

Selina                          4:59

Fayetteville                  5:15

June                            5:52

Williamson                   6:17

Zebulon                       6:30

Junc. Upson Co. RR    7:00

Yatesville Junc.           7:14

Leave "     "                  7:30

Arrive Chiloden            7:43

Arrive Knoxville            8:12

arrive Fort Valley         8:50

 Submitted CB Glover


Monday, September 7, 2009

History Blog by the Georgia Trust

I was cleaning out old emails and came across one I'd overlooked from the Georgia Trust ( They sent an email to let us know they had a new blog back in June:

I used to work right across the street from Rhodes Hall. Unfortunately I never took the time to visit. I'm going to take a trip down there one day and wander around. If you've ever driven down Peachtree Street I'm sure you've noticed the "castle" and wondered about it. Go visit their website to find out a bit about its history.

Here's a bit about the Georgia Trust, hope you'll check them out AND go sign up for their blog updates (after you sign up for ours ;-)

The Mission of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is to promote an appreciation of Georgia's diverse historic resources and provide for their protection and use to preserve, enhance and revitalize Georgia's communities.

The Vision of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is for Georgians to understand and appreciate the irreplaceable value of historic buildings and places and their relevance to modern life. We envision Georgians who promote careful stewardship and active use of these diverse resources and recognize the economic and social benefits of preservation. We envision communities where new development complements and reinforces thriving downtowns and historic neighborhoods, contributing to a healthy and enriched humane environment.

Get Involved! Find out how you can become a member of The Georgia Trust.

The goals of the Trust are:

- To inform Georgians about their state's historic resources and diverse cultural heritage
- To increase the number of historic buildings, places and related landscapes that are protected, preserved and actively used across the state
- To broaden awareness of the enormous economic impact of preservation as an essential tool for community revitalization and quality of life enhancement
- To provide preservation information and technical assistance for projects
- To preserve, restore and manage historic properties of exceptional significance for public enjoyment and education
- To use an understanding of Georgia's past to better prepare for Georgia's future.

Here's a bit about an upcoming event which I wish I could do! When I was younger we used to travel with my family to relatives regularly and we'd cut through Washington, GA. I used to give my own version of a tour as we cut through. I guarantee that nothing I pointed out happened or had anything to do with reality. It'd be fun to hear and see the real history of the town!

Georgia Trust ‘Ramblers’ to Roam Around Washington, Ga., Sept. 18 and 19

Members and friends of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation will travel to Washington, Ga. September 18 and 19 to explore local history and architecture during the Trust’s annual Fall Ramble. Founded in 1780, Washington boasts the most antebellum homes in Georgia, with over 100.

Friday afternoon, Ramblers attending the event will explore the antebellum and Victorian properties of the rural town of Danburg in north Wilkes County. In the evening, Ramblers will dine under the stars on the grounds of Peacewood Plantation, a historic plantation home that dates back to the 1790s. Following dinner, participants are invited to the recently rehabilitated Retro Cinema in historic downtown Washington to mingle at the cinema’s Wine Bar, browse the bookstore, and enjoy a film. On Saturday, Ramblers will explore a full roster of historic homes and local attractions of downtown Washington.

For more information or to register for The Georgia Trust’s Fall Ramble in Washington, please contact Mary Railey Binns at 404-885-7812 or

Founded in 1973, The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is one of the country’s largest statewide, nonprofit preservation organizations. The Trust is committed to preserving and enhancing Georgia’s communities and their diverse historic resources for the education and enjoyment of all. For more information on The Georgia Trust, go to
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Through the Lens of MundoHispanico: Georgia’s Hispanic Community

Opens at the Atlanta History Center September 16, 2009

Over the past thirty years, the Hispanic community in Atlanta has grown nearly 1,000%, making it one of the fastest growing Hispanic population centers in the country. Georgia’s Hispanic community is diverse, yet united by a shared language; it is comprised of people from dissimilar communities in more than twenty countries in Central America, South America, the Caribbean, and Mexico, including descendents of natives, Creoles, slaves, and emigrants.

As Georgia’s Hispanic community grows, so does its influence. The vibrancy and richness of life in Georgia is increasingly due to the contributions of the Hispanic community. Over the past thirty years, the Atlanta-based newspaper, MundoHispanico, has served as the voice of Georgia’s Spanish-speaking community, witnessing and recording its growth and its contributions in Georgia, including those of leaders in business, politics, and the arts.

Opening September 16, at the start of our nation’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, the Atlanta History Center presents the exhibition, Through the Lens of MundoHispanico: Georgia’s Hispanic Community. Presented in both English and Spanish, this new exhibition celebrates the 30th anniversary of MundoHispanico and its important role as a news outlet, while revealing stories and images from the newspaper’s archives that explore the growth, diversity, success, and growing influence of Georgia’s Hispanic community.

Similar to a newspaper, Through the Lens of MundoHispanico is organized by thematic sections: news, business, community, and arts and entertainment. MundoHispanico’s former publisher, Lino H. Dominguez, curates this exhibition showcasing more than 80 framed images and original stories from the paper. The stories and images selected characterize the challenges and achievements of Hispanics, including recent immigrants adapting to new ways of life, leaders in business, and confident pioneers breaking barriers to become leading Hispanics in their fields. In celebrating the importance of family and tradition, the exhibition also captures the dynamic cultural life that distinguishes the Hispanic community. Through this exhibition, visitors will gain a better understanding of the history, progress, and contributions of the Hispanic community in Georgia.

On display through January 3, 2010, Through the Lens of MundoHispanico is made possible by Bank of America, with support from The Atlanta Opera, AutoTrader Latino, CNN, Cox Enterprises, and Instituto de Mexico. Media support is provided by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, La Raza 102.3 FM, and Telemundo 47, with community support from the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Children’s Bilingual Theatre, Lanza Group, Latin American Association, and the Consulate General of Mexico.

Through the Lens of MundoHispanico is included in the cost of general Atlanta History Center admission. Additionally, as a proud participant in Bank of America’s national Museums on Us program, Bank of America customers receive free admission to the Atlanta History Center during the first full weekend of every month with their valid Bank of America ATM, debit, or credit card, along with a photo ID. Parking is free or visitors may use direct MARTA access. For more information, please call 404.814.4000 or visit

In conjunction with this exhibition, the Atlanta History Center also presents special family programs:

Dancing Through Time: Salsa
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Noon – 5:00 pm

Who invented salsa? Cuba is the country of origin, but Salsa is a mix of many Latin and Afro-Caribbean dances. Dancing through Time: Salsa explores this wildly popular genre through presentations, a live performance, and children workshops. Please note: workshops are limited, space is available on a first-come basis.

Free to members; included in the cost of general admission for nonmembers. For more information , please contact 404.814.4000 or visit

Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of Fulton County Arts Council.

Day of the Dead – Dia de Muertos
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Noon – 5:00 pm

Enjoy a day of cultural exploration at the Atlanta History Center! Smiling faces, brilliant colors, elaborately decorated altars, storytelling, and authentic Mexican food and music are just a number of things that visitors see during the annual program, Day of the Dead, or Dia de Muertos.

This ancient festival is rooted in Mexican heritage and serves as a way for families to remember their deceased loved ones and the continuity of life.

This outdoor program is free. For more information, please contact 404.814.4000 or visit

Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of Fulton County Arts Council, the Instituto de Mexico, and the Mexican Consulate.

Three Kings Day – Dia de Reyes
Sunday, January 3, 2010
1:00 – 5:00 pm

The holiday festivities do not end in December! In January, the Atlanta History Center celebrates the Hispanic holiday Three Kings Day, or Dia de Reyes. This Latin tradition is celebrated through storytelling, music, live performances, complimentary food, and activities designed for the entire family.

This outdoor program is free. For more information, please contact 404.814.4000 or visit

Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of Fulton County Arts Council, the Instituto de Mexico, and the Mexican Consulate.


Founded in 1926, the Atlanta History Center includes four signature exhibitions and the Howell and Nicholson exhibition galleries in the Atlanta History Museum; two historic houses, the 1928 Swan House and the 1860 Tullie Smith Farm; the new Fentener van Vlissingen Family Wing housing the Centennial Olympic Games Museum and the Goldstein exhibition gallery; the Kenan Research Center; the Grand Overlook special event space; and thirty-three acres of gardens. In addition, the History Center operates the Margaret Mitchell House. Located in Midtown Atlanta, the two-acre campus features the apartment where Margaret Mitchell wrote her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Gone With the Wind, two exhibition galleries, and a museum shop.

The Atlanta History Center is open Monday-Saturday, 10 am-5:30 pm and Sunday, Noon-5:30 pm. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for students 13+ and seniors 65+, $10 for youths 4-12, and free for children 3 and under. Nestled in the heart of the Buckhead district, the Atlanta History Center is located at 130 West Paces Ferry Road, N.W., 2.6 miles east of I-75. For more information, call 404.814.4000 or visit

The newspaper traces its origins to the Latin American Association. Founded in 1976, the association saw a growing need for publicizing its services to the community. By 1977, this need prompted the publication of a newsletter, Gaceta Latina. In October 1979, the association changed the publication to a tabloid format to better report the community’s news and the Gaceta Latina newspaper was born. In 1981, the newspaper changed its name to MundoHispanico to better reflect the cultural heritage of the people it serves and to emphasize its reporting function. The following year Lino H. Dominguez, former Executive Director of the LAA bought the publication. MundoHispanico was acquired by Cox Enterprises in 2004 and is currently a business unit of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Today, the publication has a weekly circulation of 71,500 in Metro Atlanta. More information is available at
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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Superstar's Memory Honored by James Waldrop DAR in Fayetteville

Pictured are (l-r) James Waldrop DAR Member and Speaker Phyllis King, Regent Betty Harrah, Georgia State Society DAR Regent, Barbara Blakely Chastain, and James Waldrop Chapter DAR Commemorative Chairman Susan Sloan.

Do you know the significance of September 3rd in the history of America? What about September 6th?

If you answered with the end of the American Revolution and a Frenchman's birthday, you're right! The Treaty of Paris, which was signed on September 3, 1783, formally ended the American Revolution between Great Britain and the American colonies. Among the points made in the Treaty of Paris was the acknowledgement of the 13 colonies to be free, sovereign and independent States.

The James Waldrop Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution saluted this day in American history as well as the birthday of the Marquis de Lafayette, who was instrumental in the colonies' fight against the English crown by hosting a dinner in Fayetteville to celebrate these two events. The featured speaker was Phyllis King, DAR member and Fayetteville resident, who spoke about Lafayette's Superstar status after the American Revolution was over.

King said, "In the summer of 1824, cities and towns across the 24 States of the Union began plans and preparations for the visit of the last surviving General of the Revolutionary War, Gilbert du Motier, the Marquis de Lafayette. The New Republic was dear to him and the feeling was mutual. For 13 monthes he was celebrated almost daily with speeches, banquets, balls, long processionals and gun salutes. The"Nation's Guest " laid cornorstones for monuments and buildings, greeted old comrades, and reviewed militias.

His superstar status led 26 states to name 18 counties, 36 cities, a military fort and a mountain in his honor and his face appeared on more currency, second only to George Washington. During his stay he met with the President, visited Congress, dined with former Presidents, met with many governors and mayors as well as citizens and Native Americans. Congress awarded him $200.000. After all, he paid his way here in 1777 at age 19, took a commision with no pay and outfitted his first command with uniforms and weapons. In 1779 he convinced Louis XVI to loan money, send Rochambeau and 5000 French troops, and a naval squadron to aid the colonies in their struggle for independence.One author, Alan Hoffman, writes of Lafayette, "He was the noblest, most consistent, most principled, most modern of the Founding Fathers. He was one of the Greatest men of his time, a 19th century "Superstar".

"On his visit through Georgia, he landed in Savannah on March 19, 1825 and laid the cornerstone for monuments to Casmir Pulaski and Nathanial Greene. He traveled on to Augusta and Milledgeville where he found a man who had helped carry him off the field of battle at Brandywine. In his last days in Georgia, traveling through Macon and Marion County he met and visited with Creek Chief William McIntosh's son. His travels continued through all states and he returned to Boston in time for the 50th anniversary of Bunker Hill."

"On his return to France." she continued," he would carry soil from Bunker Hill which would cover his grave after his death in May of 1834 at age 76. In Lafayette's speech to Congress, he summed up his beliefs and his life, "I have stayed faithful to the American principle of liberty,equality,true social order to which I have been devoted since my youth, and which til my last breath will be a scared duty to me."

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Center for Irish Studies Presents Event on Scots-Irish Heritage September 11 and 12

Georgia Southern University’s Center for Irish Studies will present a two-day symposium about Scots-Irish heritage and culture, with a special focus on Scots-Irish experiences in many parts of the American South. The symposium will be held Sept. 11 and 12, 2009 at the Coastal Georgia Center on Fahm Street in Savannah.

"More than five million Americans claim Scots-Irish ancestry, and many of these people have a great interest in learning more about their heritage," said Howard Keeley, director of Georgia Southern University’s Center for Irish Studies. "This event will allow people to meet and discuss the Scots-Irish experience with some of the leading scholars in the field in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere."

The symposium, "Frontiers and Fringes," is co-sponsored by the Institute of Ulster-Scots Studies at the University of Ulster in Ireland. Topics include the Scots-Irish settlements in Georgia and the archeological finds discovered there, Scots-Irish literature, and the relationships of the Scots-Irish with German settlers in America.

The acclaimed five-man Smokey’s Farmhouse Band will perform a concert of Scots-Irish Appalachian bluegrass music on Friday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Coastal Georgia Center. The concert is free for symposium attendees. Non-attendees may purchase $10 tickets at the door.

Admission to the symposium is $20 per day, or $30 for the entire two-day event. For more information or to register, go to

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