200 Years of DeKalb County

Opening August 25, 2022

Join the DeKalb History Center in commemorating more than 200 years of DeKalb with an exhibit honoring some of the people, places, and events that have contributed to the wide-ranging history of the county.

Starting out as the ancestral homeland to Indigenous Peoples such as the Muscogee (Creek) and Cherokee Nations, DeKalb County was officially established by settlers of European descent on December 9, 1822, shortly after the Land Lottery of 1821. This rural county eventually industrialized and became the largest dairy producer in the state and the world’s largest producer of granite poultry grit. After World War II, business – and our population – boomed, as innovation and growth changed DeKalb and its residents. Advancements in transportation were seen with PDK Airport, Buford Highway, and MARTA, and passionate minds such as Scott Candler, Sr., Manuel Maloof, and Narvie Jordan Harris helped to modernize and diversify the county into the one we know and love today.

The exhibit will open with a Birthday Bash Reception featuring hors d’oeuvres, birthday cake, cash bar, games, and the opening of the DHC’s 1997 Time Capsule.

Thursday, August 25, 2022
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Historic DeKalb Courthouse
101 E Court Square
Decatur, GA 30030

Tickets: $25 a person
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