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.

Reconstruction in DeKalb County and Atlanta

A DeKalb History Center Symposium

The DeKalb History Center offers another in-depth learning opportunity this August. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the Reconstruction period following the Civil War (1865 – 1877) and its effects on DeKalb County and Atlanta through scholarly presentations. The speakers are Wendy Hamand Venet and Glenn Eskew (GSU) and Brian Wills (KSU).

Professor Venet specializes in nineteenth century U.S. history. She teaches courses on the American Civil War and Reconstruction at GSU. Dr. Venet speaks and writes extensively on the Civil War era and her most recent book is A Changing Wind: Commerce and Conflict in Civil War Atlanta.

Professor Eskew specializes in the history of the American south. A GSU faculty member since 1993, he has written widely on that subject and has been recognized and awarded for his scholarship. Beyond GSU's boundaries, Dr. Eskew educates teachers and travels the world lecturing on southern history. His latest book is Johnny Mercer: Southern Songwriter for the World.

Professor Wills is the Director of the Center for the Study of the Civil War Era and Professor of History at KSU, after a long tenure at the University of Virginia's College at Wise. He is the author of numerous works relating to the American Civil War, including The River Was Dyed with Blood: Nathan Bedford Forrest and Fort Pillow.

Advance tickets are $35/$45 (Discount for DHC members).

Tickets are $40/$50 beginning August 16. Lunch is included.  

Saturday, August 20, 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

Historic DeKalb Courthouse, Second Floor

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100th Anniversary of the Fire at the DeKalb County Courthouse

Lunch and Learn with Jenny Goldemund & Fred Mobley

The next bi-monthly Lunch and Learn will be presented by two DeKalb History Center staff members Fred Mobley (Archivist) and Jenny Goldemund (Programs and Preservation Coordinator).

Join the DeKalb History Center to learn more about our home – the Historic DeKalb County Courthouse, with a focus on the fire that consumed it 100 years ago. The talk will include background information on Decatur’s square and why the courthouse is located here. Did you know that part of the current courthouse was built on the remains of the county’s fourth courthouse?  The History Center will cover the history and architecture of the 1898 courthouse and the fire which partially destroyed it in 1916. Learn about the changes made to the remains of the fourth courthouse in order to reopen it for court functions in 1918. The talk will conclude with a brief summary of the fifth courthouse’s history up to the present.

Tuesday, September 20, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Historic DeKalb Courthouse, Second Floor

Free and open to the public! Bring your lunch.


Freedom Fighters in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 - A Family's Remembrances

Lunch and Learn with Dr. Elizabeth Kiss

Tuesday, Nov 15, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Historic DeKalb Courthouse, Second Floor

Free and open to the public!