The Georgia Historical Society, the state’s oldest historical organization, celebrates the founding annually with its Georgia History Festival in Savannah, held this year starting Feb. 4, with the Georgia Day Parade on Feb. 12.
The featured historical figure will be Savannah native Flannery O’Connor, who died in 1964. Information about O’Connor, festival activities and educational information for school children can be found at www.georgiahistory.com.
The Georgia Historical Society has a wealth of books and manuscripts about Georgia for historians and genealogists. If you want to visit while in Savannah, check their hours at the website, or see their many online resources.
Lunch and Learn
“Breaking News: Georgia Colony Founded in America; News Coverage From 1733” is the topic of the Feb. 14 Lunch and Learn seminar at the Georgia Archives. The speaker will be this columnist, focusing on how the founding of the last of the 13 American colonies was covered in newspapers of the day as well as other sources. The event will be at noon and is free; bring your own lunch. For information on forthcoming lectures or about the Georgia Archives, see www.georgiaarchives.org or call 678-364-3710.
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