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.


Saturday School: How One Town Kept out "The Jewish" 1902-32

Lunch and Learn with Tom Keating

Our next Lunch and Learn will be presented by Dr. Tom Keating, educator and author of Saturday School: How One Town Kept Out “The Jewish” 1902-32.  For 30 years, Decatur’s school system held classes Tuesday through Saturday. Keating wrote that book in 1998 to delve into the reasons and history behind this practice.

Tom Keating focuses his 45 year career as a teacher, administrator, instructor, lobbyist, and school board member, on the unique 30 year Decatur practice of holding the weekly holiday, or weekend, on Sunday and Monday – even though the majority of parents and half of the board of education opposed “Saturday School.”

This peculiar history of Decatur – warts and all – will include new research on six public School officials, and how this divided policy decision still affects our students, families, and school system.

Tuesday, July 19, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Historic DeKalb Courthouse, Second Floor

Free and open to the public!

 

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 (1865 – 1877) and its effects on DeKalb County and Atlanta. The featured speaker is Wendy Hamand Venet; a history professor at Georgia State and author of A Changing Wind: Commerce and Conflict in Civil War Atlanta.

The symposium provides a forum for scholarly presentations and a discussion about conditions in DeKalb County and Atlanta after the Civil War. Additional speakers are Dr. Brian Wills (Kennesaw State University), and Dr. Glenn Eskew (Georgia State University).

$35/$45 (discount for members)

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

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

Historic DeKalb Courthouse, Second Floor

Free and open to the public!

 

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!