PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Party with the Past: Clarkston Community Center

Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

Come out and explore the most diverse square mile in America—Clarkston! In August, we’re heading to the Clarkston Community Center to learn more about the unique history and culture of the area.

Founded in 1882 as a small town on the Georgia railroad, Clarkston has become one of the most diverse cities in Georgia. Learn about the history of the city through a fun game of trivia and tours of the Clarkston Community Center—an excellent example of adaptive reuse of the historic Clarkston High School. Don’t miss the amazing onsite local vendors, including Sunavworld, a small business committed to empowering women in Nepal and Atlanta, and Johari Africa Enterprise, which employees refugee women and women artisans in Africa.

As a special bonus, see the Refuge or Refusal exhibition for its Clarkston debut at Party with the Past! Created by the KSU Museum of History & Holocaust Education in 2018, the Refuge or Refusal exhibit is a view into five key moments which emerged as turning points in U.S. immigration policy. The exhibit explores the impact of these turning points and the factors that influenced them, from global conflicts and economic conditions to cultural trends and social aspirations. In collaboration with CivicGeorgia, Refuge or Refusal will continue on display for further viewing at the Clarkston Public Library from August 16 to September 12.

Creole Vegan and Musulyn Home Cooking and Catering will be serving up delicious food for purchase, and beer, wine, and soft drinks will be for sale throughout the night.

Special thanks to our friends at the DeKalb History Center for their help in researching the history of Clarkston. Be sure to stop by their table at the event to learn more about their resources.

As always, Party with the Past is free for you and me! We just need you to RSVP to let us know you’re coming.