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DeKalb History Center holds Civil War symposium


DeKalb History Center holds Civil War symposium

The historic Decatur GA courthouse
The historic Decatur GA courthouse

The historic Decatur GA courthouse

History buffs, take note: the DeKalb History Center is holding a Civil War symposium this Saturday, July 11.

The event starts at 9 a.m. and lasts until 3:30 p.m., according to Decatur’s blog. Historians will be discussing the people and events in Atlanta and DeKalb County during the civil war.

Here is the city’s description of what to expect:

The day begins at 9 a.m. with a Civil War walking tour of downtown Decatur followed at 10 a.m. with a presentation by Gordon Jones of the Atlanta History Center entitled The Battles In and Around Atlanta. At 11 a.m. Robert A. Pratt of the University of Georgia will present The Fate of the Freedmen. The 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. segments are both free and sponsored by the Georgia Humanities Council.

Lunch and a panel discussion with Pratt, Jones and Will Bryant from The Battle of Atlanta Commemorative Organization (B’ATL) will begin at noon. Lunch will be provided by Fox Brothers Bar-B-Q and will be followed at 1 p.m. with a production of Shadows of the Past, a play about the Civil War in DeKalb County.

From 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. there will be guided bus tours of the front lines of the war in DeKalb County by B’ATL (The Battle of Atlanta Commemorative Organization). There is a $15 charge for the bus tour and advance reservations are required.

Advance paid reservations include all events except the bus tour. The advanced reservation price is $35 per person for members of DeKalb History Center and $40 for non-members. The bus tour is an additional $15 per person. Walk up tickets are $60 per person and do not include the bus tour.

For additional information visit www.dekalbhistory.org. To register by phone call (404) 373-1088, ext. 20.

Dena Mellick

Dena Mellick is the Associate Editor of Decaturish.com.