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.

AJC Decatur Book Festival - September 5 & 6

Books for Sale!

Visit the DeKalb History Center during the AJC Decatur Book Festival. Our booth - #106 - will be located in front of the Historic DeKalb Courthouse. We will have a variety of new history books for sale. Author Bob Kelley will be at our booth on Saturday from 3:00 - 6:00 pm to autograph his newest Arcadia Publication, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We will have copies available for you to purchase.


Visit our Exhibits!

Extended hours for our four exhibits: Tears and Curses: A Human Focus on the Civil War, The Mid-Century Ranch House: Hip and Historic!, Highlights from the Guy Hayes Collection: Food, Fun & Fashion in the Modern Era, and Dairies in DeKalb. Exhibits are located on the main floor of the Historic DeKalb Courthouse.

Our galleries and booth will be open:

Saturday, September 5, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Sunday, September 6, Noon to 6:00 pm


Lunch and Learn - Family Photographs

Our next Lunch and Learn will be presented by Kenneth H. Thomas, Jr., who will help us to explore Family Photographs.  This will be a fun talk to help you learn: how to identify family photos, the pitfalls of identification, and tips on how to figure out who the people are in your photos. 


Thomas is the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Genealogy Columnist (since 1977), but his credentials don’t stop there!  A native of Columbus, Georgia, Thomas graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in history and served in the United States Air Force for over three years.  He was the historian at the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for 33 years.  In 2011, Thomas became co-chair of the newly-formed Coalition to Preserve the Georgia Archives, which saved the Georgia Archives and restored public access to five days a week after severe cut-backs.


Thomas has had a passion for genealogy since childhood.  His weekly AJC column “Genealogy” is one of the longest running columns of its kind in the country. Today, Thomas lectures frequently throughout the state on various historical and genealogical topics. He continues to research the genealogy of his own family and some of Georgia's prominent historical figures.  He received the John Macpherson Berrien Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Historical Society in 2013.

Tuesday, September 15, noon - 1:00 p.m.

Historic DeKalb Courthouse, Second Floor

Free - Bring your lunch!


Dance Hall Decatur

Help us with some fun fundraising! Great music, sodas and light snacks included with your reservation. Drink tickets available at the event. More info to come. Halloween costumes welcome!

Advance tickets: $10 for members, $15 for non-members and $5 for under 21 only.

Day of tickets: $12 for members, $17 for non-members and $7 for under 21 only.

Tickets will go on sale in September.

Friday, October 30, 8:00 p.m. - Midnight

Historic DeKalb Courthouse, Second Floor