Events and Programs

DHC hosts a wide variety of educational and fun events throughout the year. Please join our e-mail list to get timely updates.

Lunch & Learn: Southeastern Indians

Jim Langford will present the March Lunch and Learn with a lecture reviewing the history and culture of the Southeastern Indians as expressed through archaeological findings. He will provide updates on important archaeology sites in Georgia and share insight on how to interpret artifacts.

Archaeological evidence supports the presence of Native Americans in Georgia during the Early Paleoindian period more than 13,000 years ago as the last Ice Age was ending. In DeKalb County, Soapstone Ridge was quarried by natives during the Late Archaic period (before 1,000 B.C.). The Woodland period (1,000 B.C. - 900 A.D.) in Georgia saw extensive mound-building, agriculture and an increase in warfare among native people, with these trends continued into the Mississippian period (900 - 1,600 A.D.). The presence of European explorers in the 16th century led to the eventual collapse of Mississippian culture from disease, displacement, enslavement and trade imbalances while the arrival of European colonists in the 18th century began the process of permanent displacement of Georgia’s Indians from their native lands with their eventual removal from Georgia in the early 19th century.

Jim Langford serves as President of the Coosawattee Foundation, a non-profit organization he founded in 1987 to promote the conservation of American Indian occupation sites and related native lands. In that role and as president of the Society for Georgia Archaeology, he co-authored two landmark pieces of legislation that protect human remains and archaeological sites. He is a frequent lecturer about the early inhabitants of Georgia and the author and co-author of academic research articles related to the Mississippian period in Georgia.

Langford has a long career in non-profit, public service projects that assist local communities.  From 2004 to 2007, he served as Georgia State Director of the Trust for Public Land, a national non-profit organization that creates parks and preserves open space.  He is a former member of the Georgia Board of Natural Resources (DNR), the Governor’s Environmental Advisory Council and the Georgia Humanities Council. 

Tuesday, March 17, noon - 1:00 p.m.

Historic DeKalb Courthouse, Second Floor

Free - bring your lunch!


Annual Meeting and Silent Auction

Please join us for a free evening of delicious food, music and drinks while bidding on items donated by generous local businesses. We will have drink tickets available. Hors d' oeuvres by Badda Bing, Endive Fine Catering, Fox Brothers BBQ, LowCountry Barbecue, Sawicki’s, Soiree Catering & Events, Sun in My Belly and Zest Atlanta. Décor or services provided by Goodness Studios, Bliss Weddings & Events, K&CO Floral Design, Event Rentals Unlimited, Spectrum Entertainment & Events and ShutterBooth.

We are currently seeking Silent Auction Donations—for more information, contact Mallory at or 404-373-1088, extension 26.

Join our growing list of donors: Academy Theatre, Aikido Center of Atlanta, Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Preservation Center, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta’s United Tae Kwon Do, Bagel Palace Deli & Bakery, Beryl Bergquist, Bikram Yoga Decatur, Bold American, Mark Burnette, Café Alsace, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Cason Photography, Center for Puppetry Arts, Chattahoochee Nature Center, Russell Clayton, Colbeh Persian Kitchen & Bar, The Corner Pub, Dad’s Garage, Decatur Downtown Development Authority, Decatur Family YMCA, Decatur Ghost Tour, Decatur Healing Arts, Decatur Yoga & Pilates, DKABB Investors, Elmyriachi, Eyeworks of Decatur, Farm Burger, Fernbank Museum, Greater Gwinnett Championship, Bobbi Henry, High Museum of Art, Historic Oakland Foundation, The Imperial, Jim & Mary K Jarboe, Jazzercise, The Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Jim Ellis Audi, The Junior League of DeKalb County, Know Thyself Healing Center, Margaret Lacy, Little Shop of Stories, Blaire MacLane, Matador Cantina, Maxim Barbers, Michael C Carlos Museum, Noni’s, Paper Plane, Perry Julien Photography, Pets Playhouse On Ponce, William Power, Pure Face and Body, Jack Regan & Ginger Krawiec, Skip’s Chicago Dogs, Joanna Spalding, Melissa Spalding, Stone Mountain Park, Carl & Claudia Stucke, Sq/Ft Decatur, Swillionaire Productions, Thai Chili, Tranquil Touch, Tropical Smoothie Café, Variety Playhouse, World of Coca-Cola, The Wren’s Nest, Stuart Zola

Friday, March 20, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Historic DeKalb Courthouse, Second Floor

Free and open to the public


Civil War Walking Tour

Join us for guided Civil War walking tours in downtown Decatur. The hour-long tour begins in the Lobby of the Historic DeKalb Courthouse and complements our new exhibit, Tears and Curses: A Human Perspective on the Civil War. You will learn about the early history of the county, the effects of the war on the civilian population in DeKalb, the Atlanta campaign, and the Battle of Decatur. This popular tour will resume in March. Or schedule a tour of the DeKalb History Center's historic structures for a group of 10 or more.

Click here for our Tour Page!

Historic DeKalb Courthouse, Main Floor

$10 for adults, $6 for kids (age 6 - 18), under 5 free with an adult. For reservations call 404-373-1088, extension 20, or click for email.

Make reservations online via PayPal - please write the date of the Walking Tour in the Notes Section.


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