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Oral History

The Oral History collection includes media, and in some cases, transcriptions from the “I Remember Hour” series, begun in the 1980s, as well as other interviews from more recent times.

In addition to the “I Remember Hour” series, we also have podcasts and/or other media from the DeKalb History Center’s “Lunch and Learn” series (see also “Program Audio” page), as well as media and/or transcripts from our ongoing Black History Month Celebration programs. There are also many compact discs and DVDs donated to the History Center for research purposes.

Notes: We are regularly working to transcribe these oral histories and though it will take time, check to see if the title of the program is in a different color. Click on it and you will get a link to a PDF file of the transcript. You will need a PDF reader installed on your computer to read it. Otherwise, click on “Contact the Archives” on the right side of the page to come in and view items in person.

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Wynne S. Christensen “I Remember Hour” Collection

In 1984, Congressman James Mackay, who served as President of the DeKalb Historical Society (1984-1986), developed the idea to create an oral history collection to document the history of DeKalb County, Georgia. His plan called for interviewing public officials, teachers, shopkeepers, and other longtime residents of DeKalb who had different experiences and memories to share. These interviews were usually an hour long and thus were known as the “I Remember Hour.” Wynne S. Christensen was a staff member of the DeKalb History Center in the 1980s and a resident of the Druid Hills area.  Funds were donated in Christensen’s name for us to preserve this valuable collection. As a result, the Wynne S. Christensen “I Remember Hour” Collection has now been digitized and contains over 130 interviews on DVD. Notes and transcriptions (if available) for these recordings are available in the reading room, and increasingly as PDF files from this page.

The collection features a variety of  people and covers many subjects.  There are two programs on the 1996 visit of the Olympic Torch to downtown Decatur, the 100th anniversary of the Tucker Baptist Church and the integration of Decatur High School.  Guests on the “I Remember Hour” include local judges Oscar Mitchell, Bond Almond, Clarence Peeler and Richard Bell.  The R.L. Mathis family talk about the dairy business in DeKalb, Thomas Vinson talks of public health issues, George Dillard talks of working for the FBI and Joe Pugh speaks about Baron DeKalb. Local resident Scott Candler, Sr. talks on identifying Georgia homes in a program from 1968, Pauline Pounds gives a talk on one-room schoolhouses, and Fire Chief Dudley Martin talks about fire services. Women during World War II, Hardman Cemetery, Scottdale Mill, Peachtree DeKalb Airport, Swanton House and the making of the movie “Driving Miss Daisy” are all included in this wide-ranging collection.

 

 

Some of the following presentations contain language that may be considered offensive; but solely in the interest of historic preservation, the DeKalb History Center has transcribed the presentation as accurately as possible. Otherwise the presentation and remarks therein are in no way a reflection of the mission and values of the DeKalb History Center, its employees, and its agents.

 

2012.3.1  Judge Julius McCurdy, March 1982– County jail, early roads and farms, early businesses near the square and around the courthouse.  First service station with gasoline.  Political officials, judges, solicitors general, clerks ordinary, Lawyers, County commissioners like Nash, Matthews and Candler. Events like the singing festivals, County and law enforcement 1914 onwards, Education system, Emory, Agnes Scott, Oglethorpe, Columbia and Mercer, DeKalb County School system, DeKalb General Hospital, Transportation, the 5-cent car fare, Stone Mountain, Camp Gordon and DeKalb County Airport, Lawson General Hospital

 

2012.3.2 Charles M. Clayton, May 1982– Principal of Herring Street School, Decatur, 1933-1953; Autobiography, progress of blacks in DeKalb County education, accreditation of colored schools and the Civil Rights movement.

 

2012.3.3 James Venable, May 1982– Biography as told by the judge @ 77 years of age, Stone Mountain and granite business/Lithonia/Pine Mountain, Early surveying in Atlanta area, Law career and KKK, Borglum and Stone Mountain and early developments, 1870 bought from S. Granite Co., Defense in criminal trials-Barbara Mackel trial, Hines murder, Temple bombing, Opinion on trends, All about the KKK, Vivid political personalities, Thos. Watson, Asa G. Candler, Religion and society’s morals, Other judges and lawyers Jas. Davis, Roy Leathers, Sly Howard, Gene Talmadge, Views on Indians, Early DeKalb County history, Camp Gordon, State government, Legal system’s fairness to the poor; Jury system, Comments to the youth

 

2012.3.4 Judges Oscar Mitchell and Bond Almand, September 1982– Schools and colleges of DeKalb, Stone Mountain and its memorial, how times have changed, from hitching posts, church bells and early funeral customs to camp meetings; Families of DeKalb like the Candlers; DeKalb News Era; Bobby Jones; Street car franchise cases; Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit; J.B. Bond and Rock Chapel.  Ezekiel Lee and ties with John D. Rockefeller; Picayune train and Camp Gordon; Sleigh Howard, an attorney and trial lawyer and Joe Hurt; Jack Davison of Lithonia; Emory at Oxford and life there; Legal system in Georgia and some interesting cases; Lithonia to Decatur in a horse and buggy; Almand family genealogy; The jury system; Revocation of parole for M.L. King, Jr.; Mike Wallace interview Christmas 1981; Advice to young people and community service

 

2012.3.5 Judge William Dean, January 1983– Courtroom customs like the cuspidors; Coming to DeKalb in 1914; Serving as a page in the Legislature; Political figures like Pierre and Sleigh Howard, Robb, Ramspeck, Jas. C. Davis, Jas. Mackay, Elliot Levitas; Georgia politics and DeKalb politics; Sheriffs and county clerks

 

2012.3.6 James G. Lester, February 1983– Emory University, Geology; How he came to the Atlanta campus of Emory in 1919.  Jobs he had held with the University in the physical plant, athletics, teaching and committees. DeKalb geological history, re: granite outcrops like Stone Mountain, radioactivity around Stone Mountain (13 cpm). Dr. Baker and anecdotes about Emory; Pushball at Emory; The Emory Museum, started at Oxford campus.  Dr. Fattig, Bishop Andrew and Senior Hall at Oxford.  Other developments at Emory at Oxford.  Anecdotes about teachers. Experiences at Emory at Oxford. Arthur Tufts graded with a mule team. Location for hospital.  Intercollegiate sports. Co-education at Emory. How attracted to teaching. Soapstone Ridge. What year given for official move-Summer 1918; 1st class in fall of 1919; theology, law and medicine

 

2012.3.7  Judge Verlyn Moore & Mrs. Douglas McCurdy, November 1983- Lawyers in Georgia; When he began practicing; History of Georgia Bar 1735-1846; About Wilkes County and the Judicial Circuits; Superior Court judges; About William Crawford, Judge of Superior Court; Dawson; George Walton; Law libraries; Lawyers in the National government prior to the Civil War; Supreme Court 1845-1846, 212 lawyers admitted to bar; DeKalb County and Standing Peachtree, the 5 counties; Flint River Judicial Court and Stone Mountain Circuit history; Mrs. Douglas McCurdy remembers the WWII years; DeKalb County 80,703 residents in 1940; Pearl Harbor day remembrances and life during WWII; Red Cross work, ration stamps and the USO; Victory gardens; Stone Mountain Women’s Club activities; Black out drills and civil defense

 

2012.3.8 Nina Rusk Hosch, Emory Univ., November 1983– Her family from 1914-1920; Moved to Clairmont Ave. in 1909; Family background and the neighbors like the Houston, the Murdocks and the Jones, The Ridleys, the Billups, the Gibbs, the Johnson, the Blodgetts, the Dowmans, the Randall sisters and the Tilleys; Childhood activities, the family cat, playing alone, the horse’s head scatter rug, making animals from cucumbers, neighborhood gathering and plays, paper dolls on oatmeal boxes. Sand pile playing, playing in the woods behind the house. Dean Rusk’s visits and adventures during WW One; Mr. Rusk’s marble monument business (1909-1920) declared non-essential freight during WWI…doomed his business; Took in boarders; Telephone and General Pershing’s picture; Life during WWI; Running away and the bridge over the railroad tracks at North Decatur Road; Doll bed made by her father; Armistice Day Parade; Sundays in Decatur and the Houston Chapel; County medical cures and punishments like sitting in a chair; Story of Papa and the owls; Horse races at Lakewood; Moved to Cedartown when she was 5 years old; History of 43rd General Hospital and WWII at Emory University and the Nursing School; Went to Camp Livingston, Louisiana; WWII experiences: training and going overseas to Algeria; Serving in Algeria as an Army nurse; The move to Italy and the invasion; Caring for the wounded; Transfer to France

 

2012.3.9 Judson C. Ward, Emory University, March 1985Where he grew up, Cobb County and Marietta; Emory was not easy to find, came down old 41 past water works to 14th Street; Early campus description; Campus in 1929; Quadrangle buildings, woods, trails and streams; Trolley car approach along Oxford Road; Naming of “the village”, not until Navy V12 program was formerly knows simply as the end of the car line. Burns Service Station; Fraternities and Mrs. Coker’s Boarding House; Early finance and expenses; Entertainment and the Fox Theatre; Dancing forbidden on campus; Fraternities’ spring formal dance; Emory Faculty; Denying admission and dismissals for misbehavior; Great academic aspects of Emory; Returned in 1948 as Dean; Veteran influx and “Mudville”; PhD degree in 1946; Required attendance in chapel; Expansion of Emory’s graduate programs and Medical School; 1962 Dr. Atwater’s coming and its impact on recruitment; Loss of contact with Southern student and transition to non-Southern student body; 1962 and first black student admitted and race relations, student unrest; How Emory handled those problems; Southern culture, faculty willingness to talk with students; Various Emory problems: traffic, crime, public schools and student characteristics today; Audience questions and answers

 

2012.3.10 Milton Scott, September 1985– Schools (Donald Fraser, Agnes Scott) and education in DeKalb; Paved streets; Grinding corn meal at Houston’s Mill; Some personal family history, Geo. W. Scott, arrived Oct 30, 1850; G.W. Scott’s diary, with comments about Atlanta; G.W. Scott’s military service during the Civil War; Chemist Nathaniel Prat of Sams Crossing; Farmers and fertilizer anecdote; Bank financing of crops; Elsie May bag company; Lowrey National Bank; Allen Ripley; Florida phosphates and cotton; Scottdale Mills-provided housing to workers and company store, health benefits and schooling; Mill operated about 80 years til forced out of business by foreign competition; Agnes Scott College from Decatur Female Seminary; Story of its founding by a gift from George W. Scott; Audience questions; Strawberry farm; 1st airplane experience-Candler Field and saw Wright Brothers; Recent trips to Africa for missionary work

 

2012.3.11 Clark Harrison, October 1985– Bit of info about his book “The Long Way Home.” Born on Wilton Drive in 1924; How poor DeKalb was is 1924 as compared to the Midwest; World War II; Army experiences in 1944 and comparing WWII to Vietnam.  Lessons from being wounded and returning home after war. Decatur is a state of mind, Scott Candler, politics, the defeat of Scott Candler and start of multiple county commissioners; DeKalb county politics; First National Bank; Experience while in office; Accomplishments while in office; Other activities, flying to Alaska; Purpose for the writing of his book; Vietnam, what we learned from it.

 

2012.3.12 Rod Bain, Max Cleland, Mike Mears; Brad Clements, October 23, 1985- Clements: Slide show of early settlement architecture, log cabins, Barker Cabin, Biffle Cabin, “Medicine House,” Spivey Cabin, Lyon House, Johnson House, Wm. Evans house, Solomon Goodwin house, Swanton house, Mary Gay House, Wm. Shepherd house; Cotton gins and mills, barns and privies, Georgia Railroad station, Masonic building, Candler Hotel, Smith, White and McCurdy houses; Bain: Hardman cemetery slide show.  1947 proposed restoration and Bain’s 1983 restoration with 1100 hours of work that took 16 months.  Who maintains cemetery now, and types of plants that grow there. Cleland: Lithonia, founded in the mid 1850s.  Family genealogy and views on history. Mears: History of Decatur as related to the Black community

 

2012.3.13 Judge Clarence Peeler, January 1986– North DeKalb County in 1932; Chamblee High School; Personal military history; Road conditions around Chamblee and Peeler roads; Attending law school; Working for Julius McCurdy and prosecuting attorney job; Working with Roy Leathers; Local politics and interesting cases; Fred Phillips case; Working with Scott Candler on county support matters and Judge Frank Guess; 1952-divided the criminal court into two divisions under Judge Vaughn and Judge Guess; Part of courthouse square taken for street widening; Street car fare set at 5 cents; Street car screeching as it made turn around McDonough Street caused court hearings to be temporarily suspended; Manslaughter indictment; Suburban Plaza case; About Stone Mountain murder case; Humor in the law

 

 

2012.3.14 Fannie Eberhart, February 1986; Maj. Fred Howard, April 1986– Fannie Eberhart, Decatur 1916-1986 from Fannie Eberhart, teacher for 40 years. Rosa and Eddie Moore; Fannie Mae Moore; Washington High School; Mother was a slave; What Decatur was like in the 1920s, McDonough St. to Agnes Scott; Fire station, Belk-Gallant, Turner’s Funeral Home, Decatur Theater, DeKalb New Era office, Bailey Brothers Shoe Shop, Stovall Tire Store, Woolworth’s; Dr. Houston’s home, jewelry store, Weeks Brothers Grocery store, Shield Brothers Store; Mrs. Cooper brought them lemonade; Decatur Library; Audience questions and answers; Taught at Hopewell on Boulder Crest Rd, combine with family history, grandmother from Richmond, Va. as a freed slave. Father from Athens, Ga.– Fred Howard, police officer; 1935 and organizing the police department and early training; 1956 and Civil Rights, ordinances, increase in number of employees; Computers and reports; Biggest change has been in the attitudes; of law enforcement people; The Miranda Decision; Working for the county and retirement; Criminal conduct and main concerns – traffic, common theft, burglary, rape; Questions from audience

 

 

2012.3.15 Judge Richard Bell, March 1986– Bell family history; Ledford house in Decatur; Early days of radio and various homes occupied around Decatur; First Sunday school teachers; Boy’s High School in 1932; Judge Andy Robinson; Decatur Presbyterian Church scout troop; Camping around Peachtree Creek with Bill Owens; Decatur Boy’s High principals and teachers; College and military service; Employment after military service and Emory Law school; 1950 and running for the legislature; District attorney and famous cases: Mrs. Gray embezzlement and her 34 aliases; Barbara Mackel Case: kidnapping; Ramada Inn kidnapping; Other cases before Miranda rights, taped testimony used; Brooks shooting; 1982 statewide political race; Accolades for DeKalb County

 

2012.3.16 Julius McCurdy, September 1986– Capacity of DeKalb Jail vs. population; Superior Court judges and  Solicitors General; Other official of Superior Court; Sheriffs; Decatur City Court judges and Lithonia and Stone Mountain lawyers; Tucker and Atlanta lawyers; Impressions of Howard; Stone Mountain memorial carving history; Political career; History of McCurdys in Stone Mountain; Audience questions:  Ponce de Leon Avenue, public hangings, most famous trial; Jury commission

 

2012.3.17 Hugh Howell, Jr., January 1984– Memories of early days of DeKalb Historical Society; Howell family; Stone Mountain and the Venable home; History of the DHS; Early active member, dues, officers, meeting room was downstairs room of the DeKalb Public Library; Speakers: Carl Hudgins, Dr. John Goff; Name place origins, like Peavine Creek; Alice Park, wife of Hugh Park, author of “Around Town”; Real estate in Tucker and Stone Mountain; Howell Sr. bought 60 acres of the Arthur George farm; McCurdy Road and Hugh Howell Road; Granite rock house on Houston Mill Rd. installed a hydraulic ram; Judge Luther Rosser property 500 acres at Hightower Trail; 1936 approached by the state highway dept. for road right of way; Howell Sr. ran for governor against Ed Rivers; Hugh Howell road finished in 1938; Story of the grandfather clock; Pullman room; Visits of Gene Talmadge and “Miss Mitt”; Richard Russell and Walter George; 1954 sold land on Hugh Howell Rd. to Post; 1955 Bought and restored the Sam Venable home and 134 acres; 1980 purchased Stone Haven, the former Sam Venable home, with antiques inside; Negotiation for sale of Stone Mountain property to state and reason for gate; Indian artifacts found; Autographed picture of Gutzon Borglum; Dr. Willis McCurdy and fox hunts; Anecdotes on living at the old Venable home; Names of persons associated with the Venable property; Stone Mountain Scenic Railroad; Nuns of St. Thomas More, wedding receptions; Description of fireplace and facilities of house; Sold in 1969 to Post Properties

 

2012.3.18 Mr and Mrs. Sam Hastings; Wheat Williams, March 1984– Mr. & Mrs. Hastings: Family early history, moved to Atlanta in 1899 and moved to Decatur in 1903. Only one paved road, no water or sewer systems until 1906-1907; School, the post office and history of the Atlanta transit and the fare; Telephone system came in before electricity; Houston Mill and the “steam plant” on; Halley’s comet in 1910; The Confederate monument; The Fire Dept. on Dr. Ansley’s auto and the hose reel; Historic fires; DeKalb New Era; Weeks Bros. store (groceries and dry goods) Hitching posts on the court house square; Sunday Sings; The Great Lakes area; The Hastings House and “Paradise Alley” filled by the courthouse debris; Mrs. Hastings tells about the Decatur Women’s Club and Georgia Federation of Women; Support of Tallulah Falls School; Child labor in the mills. Alexander Institute; The origin of the Blue Star Highway; Went out of existence in WWI in favor of Red Cross; Decatur Women’s clubs and activities; Garden Club 1928, Dogwood Festival and Yellow Daisy Festival; Answers to audience questions on local capital punishment, Miss Harvey who married Ray Hastings and how they came to meet each other–Wheat Williams: Coming to Decatur from teaching in Fulton County to 1921 to reorganization of Decatur School system to 1931; Working for honors among the students; Church school at First Baptist church and others; Church schools; Businesses and residences on the court house square; Segregated schools; Politics and running for and serving as county commissioner; Change in county; government, the convict champ, county finances, police force, zoning laws; Raising the tax assessments; Audience questions: origin of the state seal of Georgia

 

 

2012.3.19 Julius McCurdy, Robin Harris, Jas. Mackay,  April, 1984– Presentation of check to DeKalb Historical Society; Endowment Fund for DeKalb Historical Society; 32K pledge presented to Julius McCurdy

 

2012.3.21 Fire chief Dudley Martin and Dr. Wallace Alston, September and November, 1984Saving a drowned child; Moving to the area; Communication device the fire department used to use-demonstration

 

2012.3.22 Dr. Thomas Vinson, February 1985– Came in 1950; Some characters he met when arriving; e.g. Scott Candler and Jim Cherry; Fluoridated water comes to DeKalb County; DeKalb County Health department developments; DeKalb County Medical profession within the county; Diseases: polio, rabies, TB, ringworm, mental health; Administrators, health education, CDC; Volunteers assisting in school health services; The hearing program; DeKalb firsts in public health; Discussion and Questions; Drug abuse cases – alcohol and drugs – what’s going on; Explain the frequent health Dept. changes in location; Emergency ambulance Service; Water pollution and sanitary landfill problems; Grady Hospital services; Abortion/Family Planning; Mental Health problems

 

2012.3.23 Grace Robinson, March 1985–  born and reared; Father Clarence Robinson; Had grocery store in Ingleside (now Avondale); W.L. Robinson and Sons Grocery Store; Grandmother was an Alston; About the Alston family relations; Spivey family’s log cabin along Daniels’ Creek; Grandfather Spivey’s Macedonia Church where he preached; Grandfather’s 2nd wedding; Book of poems about her mother’s optimism; When we got electricity and plumbing; School at Rockbridge Rd. and Stone Mountain. Highway; Graduated high school in 1931; Agnes Scott in 1935, began teaching; Moved school to Forest Hills; Poem about Stone Mountain; Audience Questions: What about young people? Changes in the curriculum; When was Ingleside Country Club established? Avondale developed from 4 farms; Announcements by J. Mackay and request for photos

 

2012.3.24 Wyman C. Lowe, April 1985– His former residences and law practice; Education; Hazing at Mercer University; Church affiliation; Dr. George Sparks, founder of Georgia State College; Political career 1947, candidate for 5th district; Congress, ran against Jas. C. Davis; County unit system in effect until 1964; Reviews each Democratic primary election through 1974 for Congress; Watergate in 1974; Ran on Republican ticket; Two party system in Georgia; Disqualified as candidate in 1982 – no basis given; Election fraud claim in 1979; Incident brought on by fraud; Attempts to block his contesting the election; Westbury vs Sanders decision did away with the county unit voting system; Military experience, 1941 and Ft. McPherson; Duty in the Pentagon, civic affairs and the American Legion

 

2012.3.25 R.L. Mathis family, Dairying, October 1986– Introductions by Jack Mathis, Betty, father R.L. Mathis Sr., mother Cookie (nee Cook); Slide presentation on the business of milking; First milk bottle; Cows milked in the pasture; Reason for pasteurized milk=refrigeration; Springs kept milk cold; Certified dairies with certified milk 1928; 1912-1914-methods of sanitation; Great grandfather T.W. Stephens and Bob; Came to DeKalb County before 1922; Lloyd’s mother bought 5 cows from his father-in-law to begin; Anecdotes and family photos; Slides on dairying in DeKalb County by Dept. of Commerce and Agriculture; Photos of county fair at SW DeKalb High School; 1st milking machines described by Mr. Mathis (1918); Fire at the dairy and telephones and communications; Workers at the dairy like Herman Parker; 7 days a week-Milked and delivered milk; Bottle filters; Lighting in the dairy barns; First met his wife in Canton, GA; Milk delivery and competition; Boy Scouts and Tours; How the Mathis cow got its name; Public relations stunts; Photos of present (1986) plant; End of slides – getting a cow ready to be milked; 213 dairies around Atlanta and milk inspectors; Milk from the cow to the bottle-deliveries; Travelling to Wisconsin and bringing home dairy cattle 1921; Onion and bitterweed problems with cows’ milk; Remodeling the house in 1937

 

2012.3.26 Steffan Thomas, painter, November 1986– Story of learning English and giving first speech; Received a medal from State of Georgia for Art; Unveiling of Henry Grady Sculpture which he designed-ties in with the story about the medal; He was art supervisor of the National Youth Administration when he moved to DeKalb County; Building a house in Stone Mountain; Reads a poem about his house; Talking about when he first arrived in USA and West Palm Beach, Florida; Touring the US and his first job and his memories; Audience questions: his life and some stories of teaching lessons to students, and his house

 

2012.3.27 Commander Bennie Wilkens, January 1987 – Decatur Police Department

 

2012.3.28 Sarah Furse, Feb 1987 – Family plantation after the Civil War was near Savannah; Moving to the edge of the city; Meeting her husband; The Depression years; Travel to Louisiana and Oklahoma City; Dust storms and oil wells; Transferred to Atlanta and lived on Chelsea Drive in Decatur in 1937; Ridley House near Peavine Creek and Scott Boulevard; In 1939, emerging from the Depression, and WWII; Getting to the Bell Bomber Plant (Lockheed) during WWII (carpooling) and getting home by street car from Marietta; Hitchhiking and getting to the Commissary and Hospital at Ft. McPherson; The Korean conflict and travel to Japan; Girl Scouts; Trips in Japan; Returned to Ft. Gordon and Decatur; Changes since living here in the 1930s; New things coming and short reminiscences

 

2012.3.29 Dr. Lawrence Matthews, Dr. Carl Renfroe, March 1987 – Family history –Lawrence Matthews; Born 1904 in Lithonia (Rock Chapel) and Redan; Cotton gin, grocery store, etc.  Moved to Decatur; Went to Emory Medial School, Dr. Sam Guy, Dr. Homer Blincoe, graduated 1935, residency at Grady; Tom Jackson, surveyor, post office department, Mrs. Kirkpatrick; The Houston Family; His mother at Agnes Scott, Early childhood life, telephones; Indoor plumbing, living in Decatur; Practiced at Crawford Long, changes from home; Delivery to babies and hospitals; Warren Matthews murder; Superintendent of Decatur Schools-Homer Wright; Lunches at Decatur Schools; Professor at Emory, Dr. Blincoe, Dr. Sam Guy; Recollections of Scott Candler, M. E. Thompson, pastors and Bishop Arthur Moore, and Judge Phillips; Babies delivered that became famous-Bill Curry (coach of Alabama); Different time for physicians– Dr. Carl Renfroe teacher, 1953 principal of Decatur High and Superintendent of Schools; Came to Decatur in 1953 as principal of Decatur High School; Student council-Monday meetings with student body officers and reps; Pep rallies and enthusiasm for sports; Decatur’s schools and student homework demands; Fun and foolishness in DHS, good order and discipline; Fraternities and sororities hazing; The football game with Athens; Earl Amsler (??) supt. of schools; School Board of Decatur procedures; Budget and finances of the school board and state board of education; Retired in 1975; About Hugh Parks; Decatur Schools and Integration; Federal government handling of integration; Family history and anecdotes; Declaring snow days; Communication through community hearings; National teacher examinations and advanced degrees; Key people in the job named; Jas Mackay’s comments

 

2012.3.30 John Evans, May 1987 – How he came to DeKalb County (by chance) in 1965; economics; Inter-racial theological center from Chicago; The “transitional period” of racial integration; Pockets of black communities and lack of involvement; Answer to totally integrated community has not been found; 1968 and beginning of political career-DeKalb County Executives Com.; Political work and community work are the same; Year of Dem. Natl. Convention in Chicago; 1972 the McGovern years; Shirley Chisholm’s candidacy; 1976 and the Jimmy Carter years; 1980 – a year of attempting to steer the county into the Democratic party; DeKalb branch of NAACP; 1981 public office as County commissioner; Black political power in DeKalb; District elections in the city of Decatur; Changes in the county over 22 years; Ethnic groups live in their own respective communities; Have a piece of the action, get our share of the action; Questions: What is status of the new court house addition? Has the Kirkwood situation changed? Post office parking area plans?

 

2012.3.31 Dorothy Nix, November 1987– Background in history in the Midwest;  First job during WWII; Enlisting and service in the WACs; Post war years of housing shortages and the “no children” policy of the 1950s; Writing for the Atlanta Journal; Segregation in the 1950s; Working as a writer on the day of the 1st space launch; Divining water; Calling on Scott Candler; Recruited by Jim Cherry; Observation on the sense of history in the current age of urban development; Comments about DHS staff and programs of the DHS

 

2012.3.32 Mayor Dub Brown of Chamblee, October 1987 – Born in Atlanta; 100 acre dairy farm off Buford Highway; Shallow Ford in creek; Learned to drive gathering hay with truck in fields; There were 33 dairies in North DeKalb area; Health requirements drove many dairies out of business but land valued redeemed that loss; Joined Navy in WWII, Normandy; Worked for Delta Airlines as a mechanic; Delta and the unions; Service station business in Chamblee with brother; Civil participation; How got started in politics, lived on a dirt road that needed paving; Change in Chamblee area from military area to industrial; Chamblee High School; Things that impressed him as a child; Building of Buford Highway; Grading with mules; During WWI and Camp Gordon, going fishing, outdoor activities; Nancy Creek 1st Baptist Church baptisms; When MARTA came through, moved half of the graves in the churchyard; City Hall in 1954; Before charter, was a railroad town; Chamblee was named “Lower Roswell”; How renamed to Chamblee; Population 12,000 but declining due to Chinese community purchase; School system and water system operated by DeKalb County; DeKalb County Airport history; Original part of Camp Gordon but land repurchased for Lawson General Hospital and Naval Air Station; Chamblee High School – when built; Lawson General Hospital over 100 buildings by 1940; Closed in 1945 at the end of WWII, largest general hospital in US where the most seriously wounded were sent by air; Landed at Naval Air Station; Peachtree Industrial Blvd, 1938; MARTA essentially finished in 1987; Auto traffic and Atlanta Regulatory Commission; Discussion of 1987 conditions; Antique businesses in Chamblee; Relationship of citizens with DeKalb Peachtree Airport; Drs Watkins and Mendenhall-lived in log home; Trains in Chamblee and use of RR commuter service to Atlanta; Churches in Chamblee

 

2012.3.33 “Doc” Manget January, 1988– Became interested in aviation through Ben Epps who flew 1st plane in Georgia; Aviation as a child; At one time, 3 airports in DeKalb: Gunn Field, Panola Road; George Gunn property; Stone Mountain Field, remembers 1937-39 and driving out to watch the airplanes at the airport; Sergeant Alvin York and Camp Gordon; Sold off in last 20s and early 30s; Atlanta Aeroclub; Navy training programs leased airport from county; Planes like the N2NC Stearman – all painted yellow because known as “yellow terrors.” Famous trainees: Tyrone Power, Robert Montgomery; After WWII Navy needed larger runways and moved to south side of Dobbins in April 1969; Hired form El Paso airport to come to Peachtree DeKalb History Center Removal of WWII barracks and leveling of surface; End of the early day without a single fatality; Audience questions: flying lessons, DeKalb Co. Grand Jury visit; Gene Brown and early airmail pilot; Ralph Tuggle field on Sycamore Drive; Discussion of aircraft and flying experiences; Story on wooden arch, was gate for Camp Gordon now gone; Corporate aircraft; Central tower operation now FAA employees; Runways are 3980 feet;1968 completed all-weather runway; Now 4 are running; Noise hazards; Bird hazards due to garbage dump near airport – attracts starlings, etc. that disappear after the garbage is covered at night; Accidents, helicopters, ultra light aircraft; Scheduled shuttle service to Hartsfield tried in 1970s but could not make a profit; Commuter airlines have been tried but not successful; 1978 EPA rating was 71st out of 15,000 airports; 254,000 operations per year

 

2012.3.34 Andy Robertson, February 1988– Begins with the year 1906, when Agnes Scott College becomes four year college.  Arrived in Decatur, graduated from high school in 1923, entered Mercer Law School. Worked as a boy in 1928, there were 12 grocery stores around Decatur’s square, 9 soda fountains, 2 movie theaters.  Reversal brought about by auto whereby people moved out of the city; Early history of the county and transportation; Change of name to Clairmont from Webster Street and from Shallowford road; Used to come to Tatum’s Drug Stores in evening for entertainment; Now only one grocery store left; No need for parking spaces, autos changed that.  Klondike, GA in 1898; The post office where Robertson settled; His mother’s family (Burgess) became clerks of Court in 1885; Decatur homes and boarding houses; Getting picked on on the way home from school; Father’s education at Andrew Betts Academy at Lithonia; Normal School at Athens; Wesley Chapel Methodist church and cemetery; How he was named; 1909 city put in water works.  Workers fell into water tower; Hearing Billy Sunday; Meeting Miss Mary Gay and Dr. Houston’s office; Miss Martha Lumpkin (Compton) for whom Marthasville was named; The PTA organized in 1913; Rock building “Academy” and Donald Fraser; Decatur growing under aura of education; Agnes Scott Institute and Donald Frazer Military School; Dr. McCain, Dr. Perry, Dr. Sparks and Ivy Street became Georgia State University; Finishing schools, families who emigrated to put their children in college; Decatur cemetery “new” cemetery started in 1913; Bishop Candler won’t allow football at Emory but allows pushball; How Decatur High School got a football team up to 1950; Saturday School until 1931; Enrolling at Mercer; Ansley and Gass’ drug store; Marble counters, lemonade and Sunday singing, drinking out of dippers; Until Emory opened there was no hospital closer than Atlanta, so they took people to the drug store; Dick Brooks Barber shop; Atlanta telephone building; Rogers Brothers Grocery Store; When the Turners moved from Conyers to Decatur; On the Decatur City Commission for 10 years

 

2012.3.35 Whitfield Smith, Clerk of the Court, March 1988– “I Remember Hour” discussion; Modern history of the county; Practicing attorney since 1975; Comments about Judge Oscar Mitchell; Changes in DeKalb County court System; Juries, computerization of records, 12,000 civil cases; Changes in real estate records room; Functions no longer performed by the county; Reason for legal-sized documents; Function of the Clerk of the Courts Office; Questions: randomness of jury selection, comments on changes in the jury system; History of the jury selection; Plans for the new court house facilities; Old record in storage that are of historical significance; Freeze-drying water-damaged records; Court house security – incident in 1984; Pilfering of records; Dealing with jurors

 

 

2012.3.36 Caroline Ridley Howard and John Ridley, April 1988– Dr. Ridley’s house; How the Ridleys got started in Decatur; came out on the street car in 1913; Arrowheads found; House originally faced August Railroad (old Mead place); Mead St. was known as Hopkins Street; House was turned around to face the street; Aunt Claire Ridley was person for whom Clairmont was named-tells how it came about; Purina food store fire; Halloween, hobos and gypsies; About William Sly Howard defending the gypsies; Oakhurst Elementary School and G.P. Adair fundraising for the stage curtains; Silent movies and candy pulls; Mamie Barns, principal; Bringing a gun to school; Social affairs at the Candler Hotel (Press breakfasts); Declamation contests at Decatur Junior High; About Decatur churches and socializing; Grandfather Ridley, Civil War veteran; Richard Bowen family; Curb market in Decatur; Dick Brooks barber shop; Milking; Clean-up, paint-up campaign; Delivering groceries for Wheat’s Groceries; Riding with “Red” to deliver ice in the ice wagon; Friendliness around Decatur with everyone who worked there; Delivery wagons and their drivers as a part of any business around Decatur; Pony rides in Decatur; The music teacher and the recitals; Wilco Jones, journalist; Johnson’s blacksmith shop on Atlanta Ave. and watching horses being shod; Questions:  why “e” dropped from Clairmont; Summer home of Dr. Ridley; Aunt Claire was spelled with an “e”

 

 

2012.3.37 Dr. T.O. Vinson, Dir., DeKalb Health, May 1988

 

2012.3.38 Judge Clarence Peeler and Noah Stone, May 1988

 

2012.3.39 Mrs. J. Don (Geraldine) Aderhold, October 1988- 6th generation family of DeKalb County; Writing to servicemen during WWII; Old home place Edgewood/Candler Park area; Growing up in DeKalb near Little Five Points; Grandparent and Ezra Baptist Church; Candler Park; Street cars; Dr. O.C. Aderhold, president of University of Georgia; Getting around without an automobile; Columbia Seminary; About husband and family; DeKalb development and Memorial Drive after WWII; Integrating the church and resulting loss of membership

 

2012.3.40 J.C. Bailey, his Shoe Shop on the square, November 1988- Court House and those working there; Curb market and the 100 year celebration in 1922; Business around the square; Vernon fire; Barber shop, hotel, dry store, A.S. Turner, new City Hall in 1927; Street cars, Weeks Bros. Groceries; Decatur Presbyterian Church; Baptizing in Peavine Creek near Decatur High School; First Library; Radio in 1926; Dr. Houston; Sams Crossing; Ices boxes, Druid Hill, Saturday School, barefoot in the summertime and early dress; Questions: about stores….no mention of shoe shop or its operation

 

2012.3.41 B. J. Smith, 1988

 

2012.3.42 Tom O. Davis, January 1989

 

2012.3.43 Kent Randolph, Tucker Resident, February 1989

 

2012.3.44 George Dillard, March 1989

 

2012.3.45 Margaret Bridges, April 1989

 

2012.3.47 Jim Anderson, May 1989

 

2012.3.48 J. Davidson Phillips, Pastor of Decatur Presbyterian Church, November 1989

 

2012.3.49 Talmadge Amberson, Pt. 1, September 1989– Introduction and brief personal background; Baptist history and church history; Calvinistic form of Baptist church at Charleston, SC; Origins of disagreements; Southern Baptists in the 1700s organized as an “Association”; Yellow River Association of 1824; What is now the Baptist Convention was organized in 1825; Migrations that spread Baptists after the Revolutionary War; Family history; Small farm families formed the nucleus of church growth; “Free Church” movement; John Wesley’s “Aldergate Experience”; The Anabaptists; Baptists in DeKalb County; Yellow River Association. of 1824 (Rock Mountain); Stone Mountain Association; Oldest Baptist church in DeKalb was Salem, organized in 1820; Those churches in the Atlanta Baptist Assn. (1910); Era of the 1950s; Questions: comment about Salem Baptist Church; Cemeteries and county churches; What is a “hardshelled Baptist”? Discussion on the concept of the Free Movement; Pastor’s role; No hierarchy in the Baptist church

 

2012.3.50 Talmadge Amberson, Pt 2, September 1989

 

2012.3.51 Willie Austin, October 1989

 

2012.3.52 Bobby Burgess, February 1990

 

2012.3.53 William Breen, Architect, Mayor, Mar 1990- Introduction and biography; Mayor of Decatur 1969-1970; Time before 1926-family and how he came to Decatur; Fulton family home and ground; The spring behind the house; The Dade Sams on Avery Street and gatherings at the spring; Described his neighbors; Tragedies of Alvin Moore and the Rawlins boy; Milton Scott family; Columbia Seminary; Camping out and the Boy Scouts; McAfee Mill; Juvenile problems in the 1930s and 1940s; Summer camp and Decatur Boys High and grammar school plus Saturday mornings in Decatur; Businesses on the square;  Audience Questions: What was McAfee’s Mill – a grist mill out Candler Street to McAfee Road; Dr. Charles Cunningham; How did you decide to become an architect? Who did you marry? How did you get interested in her? About Scott Candler; 1960s Decatur in urban renewal

 

 

2012.3.54 Dolores Stockard, Apr 1990

 

2012.3.55 Bill Evans, May 1990

 

2012.3.56 Tom J. Fountain, Oct 1990

 

2012.3.57a-d Daniel Hopkins, Jeanette Hopkins / Livingston, Cora Cash Henderson, / Frances Lanford, Willie Arnold, First Baptist Church of Tucker, 1993

 

2012.3.58 C. Campbell, Feb 1991

 

2012.3.59 Horace Ward, Mar 1991

 

2012.3.60 Ga. State Convention, Sacred Harp, part I, Mar 1995

 

2012.3.61 Ga. State Convention, Sacred Harp, part II, Mar 1995

 

2012.3.62 City of Dunwoody Remembers, Feb 1994

 

2012.3.63- Ira Melton, Pine Lake- April 22, 1993Significance of “I Remember Hour” and introduction by Suellen Owens; 1935 and the charter for the city of Pine Lake, a private town, isolated by roads; Original lots; 20×100 no building restrictions; Pine Lake vs. Mooney’s Lake; Lake filled with water from Snapfinger Creek; Police Chief Purvis; Indian campground along Snapfinger Creek; Wisteria Gardens; Japanese family – interred; Mrs. May of German descent among first citizens; F.W. Dodge; All streets were 30 feet r/w water and sewers taken over by county; Town security and mayor/city council; Questions: Schools in Clarkston and now Rockbridge Elementary; In 1948, built Shiloh Baptist Church; Carl Shaw was original owner who deeded land with reservations as to purpose; Where did Ira Melton live before moving to Pine Lake? Decatur; Story about city owning 1 foot around development; What kinds of businesses are allowed? Zoned first 200 feet for business; Grocery store and post office; Emory students sneaking in to skinny dip in lake; Personal history

 

 

2012.3.64 Cities of Tucker & Lithonia, Sep 1994

 

2012.3.65 Virgil Hopkins, Sep 1991

 

2012.3.66 Robertson Brothers, Nov 1991

 

2012.3.67 Col. Tom Hensler, Feb 1993

 

2012.3.68 Lunch & Learn, Sue Ellen Owens, Apr 1994 / Baron DeKalb, by Joe Pugh

 

2012.3.69 Sam Knuckles Remembers, Jun 1993

 

2012.3.70 Georgia State Convention of Sacred Harp/shaped note singers, Decatur, Mar 1994

 

2012.3.71 Margaret W. (Jane) Pepperdene, Agnes Scott professor of English, date unknown– 

 

2012.3.72 Olympic Torch Relay/Para Olympics, 1996

 

2012.3.73 Scottdale Black Community, September/October 1995 – Black families in Scottdale read by a citizen; Toby Grant on black churches, Avondale Colored High Schools, streets and community, facilities in the 1920s and schools.

 

2012.3.74 Georgians & the Holocaust

 

2012.3.75 Making of the movie “Driving Miss Daisy” (for research purposes only)

 

2012.3.76 Mrs. Pauline Pounds and Swanton House, 1994

 

2012.3.77 Paige Perkins/Chamblee Remembers, Nov 1996

 

2012.3.78 DeKalb insurance agents: Jim Anderson, David Crosby, George Whiting

 

2012.3.79 Torch Relay at Old Courthouse, Jul 1996

 

2012.3.80 Tom Keating on Saturday School, Oct 1996

 

2012.3.81 Bobby Burgess (also see tape 52), Mar 1997

 

2012.3.82 Franklin Garrett, May 1995

 

2012.3.83 Liz Salter, Tom Preacher, Vera Hiller, Jun 1995, Druid Hills

 

2012.3.84 Walt Drake, Joe Pugh on Stephen Decatur and Baron DeKalb, Apr 1995

 

2012.3.85 DeKalb Historical Society 50th Anniversary Dinner, Aug 1987

 

2012.3.86 Jim Anderson on Mr. DeKalb, 1990

 

2012.3.87 Professor Clayton

 

2012.3.88 Julius McCurdy

 

2012.3.89 Mrs. Albert Burke

 

2012.3.90 Winnona Park Neighborhood Association

 

2012.3.91 Wyman Lowe

 

2012.3.92 Brad Pepharn, Max Cleland, Mike Mears, Clement Archie

 

2012.3.93 Decatur’s 175th Anniversary

 

2012.3.96 Sacred Harp/Shaped Note Singers

 

2012.3.97 Decatur High School Desegregation, Feb 24 1999, Decatur Business Bureau event

 

2012.3.98 Clarkston

 

2012.3.99 Dolly Wolf, Evelyn Boring, Margaret Carf, Cecil Beach – Decatur Library; Jun 1997

 

2012.3.100 Dr. Ruth Schmidt

 

2012.3.101 Manuel Maloof

 

2012.3.102 Dr. Wade Huie, Jr.

 

2012.3.103 Ken Thomas on genealogy (1997)

 

2012.3.104 Earnest Adkins/DeKalb Medical Center

 

2012.3.106 Congressman Mackay retirement party, Decatur Federal Skyroom

 

2012.3.107 Sue Ellen Owens & Walt Drake on Stephen Decatur (1997)

 

2012.3.109 Justice in DeKalb, Session One, Feb 1999: Tom Davis, Clarence Peeler, Edward Wheeler

 

2012.3.113 John Lewis, 1998

 

2012.3.125 a) old courthouse roof repairs b) Mr. Bill Brice? c) Presentation of Pike Cty. book d) Bill Hall (Robb?) dinner and roast

 

2012.3.126 Decatur Schools superintendents: Renfroe, Simmons, Griffith, Love

 

2012.3.127 Decatur Federal, Jan 2002

 

2012.3.128 Glennwood School, Decatur, Feb 2002

 

2012.3.130 Richard Sams on “Civil War DeKalb”

 

2012.3.131 DeKalb’s Rural Roots, Sep 2002

 

2012.3.132 The Nelms and Sams families 1930-1950, Mar 10 2003

 

2012.3.133 Mayors and their Cities, Mar 2003

 

2012.3.134 Scott Candler Sr.

 

2012.3.135 Politics of Preservation, May 2003

 

2012.3.136 Guss Simpson, 1991

 

2012.3.137  Mrs. James Mackay

 

2012.3.138 Bedros Sharian

 

2012.3.139 C. Judson Ward on the US Constitution, Nov 1987

 

2012.3.140 John Pruitt and Jerry Crane, top DeKalb news stories

 

2012.3.141 Lunch and Learn Avondale Estates, Terry Martin-Hart, Nov 17, 2009-2 discs, one audio and a second with photographs used in presentation (also see Program Audio page)

 

2012.3.143 Mt. Zion Church, Nov 21, 2009; raw footage

 

2012.3.145 George Rikard Confederate grave marker dedication, Alston House, Oct 2001

 

2012.3.146 Betty Asbury Hosts: The history of Doraville with Horace Creel, Fannie Mae Jett, Dr. Pagenhart, Jul 1999

 

2012.3.147 Shermantown Living History Project – Stone Mountain Charter School, May 2000

 

2012.3.148  History maker award presented to James Mackay, Mar 10 2002

 

2012.3.149 Tim Timmons interviews Grace Gober on Tucker in the 1920s, Mar 18 2002

 

2012.3.150 Who Runs Georgia, Nov 10 1998

 

2012.3.151 DCTV presentation on the historic DeKalb courthouse clock

 

2012.3.152 Scott Candler Sr., honored Sep 23 1971

 

2012.3.153 Wilbur Kurtz Jr., May 27 1971

 

2012.3.154 Dr. Thomas Vinson, Jan 24 1985

 

2012.3.155 DeKalb newspapers, Apr 20, 2008

 

2012.3.165 East Lake Country Club

 

2012.3.166 Walter McCurdy

 

2012.3.167 DeKalb historic courthouse clock

 

2012.3.168 Rebecca Latimer Felton (re-enactment)

 

2012.3.169 Caroline Ridley Howard

 

2012.3.170 Jim Perkins

 

2012.3.171 Narvie J. Harris

 

2012.3.172 Elias Nour on PBS, Mar 1987 (for research only)

 

2012.3.173 Stonehenge and Venables in Georgia, May 12 2005

 

2012.3.175 Arbor Montessori/Mt. Zion Oral History presentation, May 2006

 

2012.3.176 This is Atlanta History PBS program, (for research only) 2005

 

2012.3.177 Lunch and Learn; Stone Mountain -Dr. George Coletti, Jan 2009 (also see Program Audio page)

 

2012.3.179 Lunch and Learn; MAK District – Scott Leith, Mar 2009 (also see Program Audio page)

 

2012.3.181 Lunch and Learn; Tucker – Tim Timmons, May 26 2009 (also see Program Audio page)

 

2012.3.183 Davidson-Arabia Mountain nature Preserve and Heritage Area;  includes Cynthia McKinney, Pierre Howard, Max Cleland and others (see 2012.3.258 also)

 

2012.3.184 Charles Harrison, owner of Robert A. Alston house

 

2012.3.185 Bobby Burgess

 

2012.3.186 DeKalb History Center 3rd Annual Black History Month Celebration, parts 1 and 2, Law and Justice leaders, Feb 25 2010

 

2012.3.187 DeKalb History Center 2nd Annual Black History Month Celebration, parts 1 and 2, raw footage, Feb 26 2009

 

2012.3.188 DeKalb History Center 1st Annual Black History Month Celebration, African American Entrepreneurs, Feb 2008; Britt Fayssoux, Jerry Crane, Vivian Price and moderator Dr. Keith Hebert

 

2012.3.189 Robert Winebarger

 

2012.3.191 James Mackay at Druid Hills High School Black History Celebration, Feb 27 1996

 

2012.3.192 Assisting Crime Victims during the Olympic Games, 1997

 

2012.3.194 African American Schools, Sue Ellen Owens and possibly Narvie Harris

 

2012.3.195 Mysteries of Oakhurst, family home video

 

2012.3.196 Max Cleland on Larry King Live (for research only)

 

2012.3.197 DCTV’s Inside DeKalb, (for research only)

 

2012.3.198 Max Cleland Strong in Broken Places (for research only)

 

2012.3.199 2002 State of DeKalb County Address, Vernon Jones, CEO

 

2012.3.200 The Jeanes Supervisors – Striving to Educate

 

2012.3.201 Walter McCurdy speech to Northlake Alliance, 2003

 

2012.3.202 Building a Watershed Alliance (Peavine) (for research only), 2000

 

2012.3.203 Lonnie Edwards (Asst. Superintendent of DeKalb County Schools), 2000, on Sally Jessy Raphael show (for research only)

 

2012.3.204 South DeKalb Advisory Committee-Report to the Community on the future development of the DeKalb Medical Center campus at Hillandale (for research only)

 

2012.3.206 2003 State of DeKalb County Address, Vernon Jones, CEO; Memorial Tribute DCTV, (for research only)

 

2012.3.208 Popham seminar, Jun 21 1998

 

2012.3.209 DeKalb African American history on DCTV, hosted by Lyn Vaughn and Sue Ellen Owens

 

2012.3.210 Oakhurst Presbyterian Church, African American history, Sep 27 1999, Caroline Leach, minister

 

2012.3.211 Flag Forum, Jan 28 1993

 

2012.3.212 C. Judson Ward on Emory, Oct 22 1997

 

2012.3.213 A Most Bold and Daring Man – Stephen Decatur by the National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

2012.3.225 Oak Grove Elementary living history project: Interviewees: Marito Culwell, Archivist, Oak Grove Methodist Church; Wallace Nelms, born in Oak Grove, raised there in the 1930s, talks of African American education, interviewed by LaVerne Byas-Smith, Honor Berry, resident and real estate agent, Veronica Wood, assistant food services manager at Oak Grove Elementary, Jane Dunbar, Oak Grove parent, grandparent and volunteer

 

2012.3.226 A Dream Realized: DeKalb Medical Center at Hillandale

 

2012.3.227-231 Mt. Zion community oral history project, April and May 2006

 

2012.3.232 digitized film of Newt Gingrich’s family, circa 1920s?

 

2012.3.235-6 Experiences, Memories and Messages by Eron Miller, for research only, African American history, Mereda Johnson interview in two parts

 

2012.3.237 Lunch and Learn; Druid Hills – Richard Sams, Jul 12 2009 (also see Program Audio page)

 

2012.3.246 Lunch and Learn, Teri Stewart on the John B. Gordon family of Kirkwood, Ranch house architecture (also see Program Audio page)

 

2012.3.247 Talking Walls – School Desegregation – Ellen Jones, Jul 2009

 

2012.3.250 A Dramatic Reading of Shermantown, Aug 27, 2005

 

2012.3.251 Elizabeth Wilson history maker presentation, 2006

 

2012.3.252 DeKalb General Hospital Early Years

 

2012.3.253 Wilma Hipps on DeKalb Chamber of Commerce (video) (also see 2012.2.357 for audio only)

 

2012.3.254 Amazing Architects of DeKalb: Edward J. Sayward and Leila Ross Wilburn, Nov 17, 2005

 

2012.3.256 Dunwoody: The History and Heritage 1821-2003, for research only

 

2012.3.257 Ben Epps: The Legacy of Georgia’s First Aviator

 

2012.3.258 Arabia Mountain Heritage Area video, 2000; Selected interviewees include Max Cleland, Pierre Howard, Cynthia McKinney and Becky Kelley (see 2012.3.183 also)

 

2012.3.262 African American Lives – Johnny Waits and the Flat Rock community; for research only PBS production, 2006

 

2012.3.267 John Walter Drake on the history of Decatur, Sept 2010 (also see Program Audio page)

 

2012.3.268 Paul Hudson and Lora Mirza, Atlanta’s Stone Mountain: A Multicultural History, Jan 2011 (also see Program Audio page)

 

2012.3.269 DHC 4th Annual Black History Month celebration, Feb 24 2011; DeKalb’s military heroes: Arthur Anderson, Reverend Thomas N. Bristow, Sr., James W. Gray and Ray J. Jones, Jr.

 

2012.3.272 Tucker High School Veterans Day program, Nov 11 2010: Harold Dye, Robert Spooner, William Carlysle, John Rice, Lt. Col. James Williams

 

2012.3.273 Ken Thomas on Presidential visits to the area, Mar 15 2011; Lunch and Learn (also see Program Audio page)

 

2012.3.275 Civil War: The Battle for Georgia, for research only, no duplication

 

2012.3.276 Arthur Raper at Agnes Scott College by Clifford Kuhn; Lunch and Learn (also see Program Audio page)

 

2012.3.277 Decatur Civic Chorus: 50 years and still singing, for research only

 

2012.3.278 1937 16mm film of congregation of Pattillo Methodist Church leaving their Oakhurst sanctuary

 

2012.3.321 Gussie Brown and her daughter Christine on Scottdale: Mill life, Hamilton High School, Tobie Grant, Jim  Cherry, Scottdale daycare center, Mar 2007

 

2012.3.332 Chamblee 75th Anniversary: mayors, councilmen, Mayor Dub Brown and the city logo. Nancy Creek and Prospect churches, Franklin Garrett speaks, citizens remember and brief history on the area, May 1983

 

2012.3.341 Clarkston Talk by Franklin Garrett of Atlanta Historical Society given at DeKalb College in the Fine Arts Auditorium, Sep 1982

 

2012.3.355 Betty Scott Noble and her father Philip Noble on living in the Scott Cooper House in Decatur, now site of the Rec Center

 

2012.3.356 Cleveland Browns player and Decatur resident Clarence R. Scott Jr.

 

2012.3.357 Wilma Grant Hipps on the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce (audio only) (also see 2012.3.253 for video)

 

2012.3.358 100-year old resident Carmon Elliott

 

2012.3.390 Mary Brown Bullock, Agnes Scott alumna and past president of the College

 

2012.3.391 Kathy Bruce and Kelly Thrasher on Decatur, the Waffle House and its museum

 

2012.3.392 Susan W. Shields, whose father was the agricultural director of the Honor Farm on Panthersville Rd

 

2012.3.393 David W. Scott, whose family began the Scottdale cotton mill (as well as Agnes Scott College)

 

2012.3.394 Kirkwood Lunch and Learn with Joe Alcock (also see Program Audio page)

 

2012.3.396 Lunch and Learn by former Decatur mayor Elizabeth Wilson on the Beacon Hill African American area of Decatur (also see Program Audio page)

 

2012.3.397 DHC 5th Annual Black History Month Celebration, Feb 2012

 

2012.3.398 Lunch and Learn on 20th Century Interiors given by Beth Shorthouse and David Ramsey, Sep 2011 (also see Program Audio page)

 

2012.3.400 Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, Lunch and Learn, Mar 2012; Mera Cardenas (also see Program Audio page)

 

2012.3.401 Judge Clarence Seeliger – Change & Transformation in the Courts of DeKalb County in the 1980s; Sept 2012

 

2012.3.402 6th Annual Black History Month Celebration at DeKalb History Center- Living Legends, February 23, 2013

 

2012.3.403 Understanding Local Historic Districts: Why is That House Historic?, Speakers Leigh Burns & Richard Laub; July 2012

 

2012.3.404 The Atlanta Nine and desegregation of the Atlanta school system, July 2013

 

2010.26 Undying Faith, Biracial History Project production, Antioch First, Baptist church, Edgewood/Candler park, 2007; The Unveiling: African American Legacy markers in Candler park, 2010

 

DeKalb Lawyers Association, March 24, 2005- “Minority Bar in the Courthouse”

 

Franklin Nix

 

Claudia Stucke– July 2018; Segregation, desegregation

 

Iris H-(audio) July 2018; Desegregation and related topics

 

Teri S- (audio) July 2018; Desegregation and related topics

 

Carole Midgette– (audio) February 2019; legacy of former DeKalb History Center director Gordon Midgette

 

Charles Turner– (audio) February 2019

 

Bob Joyner – Oct 2019; Dunwoody, Ben Hill, Georgia Tech, Treasury, bootlegging, Postal Telegraph Company

 

Pinkie Tyson & Margaret Sterling – February 2020; Scottdale, Eskimo Heights