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Georgia Historical Society’s research center to close for two years

The Georgia Historical Society in Savannah, the state’s oldest such organization, has announced that its research center is closed for the next two years.

The center will undergo a long-planned renovation and expansion. The main building on the GHS campus — Hodgson Hall, built in 1876 — looks pretty much the same as it always has. As part of the expansion, a new building will be added nearby, greatly increasing the organization’s capacity to house more collections in the proper manner. While the research center is closed, there will be no access to any of the collections except material digitized and online via the website georgiahistory.com. All other activities of the society will continue, including its Georgia History Festival in February and its public programming such as as lectures, special events, historical marker dedications and teacher training. See the website for the full scope of activities. This two-year closure will no doubt hamper the research needs of scholars, professors, authors and genealogists. Remember to always check ahead when going out of town to do research.

From enslavement to public service is Lunch and Learn topic

Laurel Wilson will speak at the Georgia Archives Lunch and Learn Lecture on December 14. Her topic is “5 Generations: From Enslavement to Public Service in Atlanta.” Wilson won an award for her documentary on this subject in 2017 from the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council. The event is at noon and is free, but bring your own lunch. For further information, call 678-364-3710 or check GeorgiaArchives.org. The Georgia Archives is open Tuesday through Saturday, 8:30 to 5 p. m., but always check for holiday closings.

Genealogists and holiday gifts

Genealogists always appreciate holiday gifts with a genealogy link. Good ideas are membership in a genealogical or historical society, or DNA kits. And don’t forget to take the test that your favorite genealogist gave you last holiday. All the major DNA testing companies are offering discounts on their tests this season. Take advantage of them. You can also never go wrong with a magazine subscription. I think Family Tree Magazine offers the most for the money, with each issue containing plenty of new information to help with one’s research plan. Or you could just copy and share family items, such as photographs.

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Contact Kenneth H. Thomas Jr., P.O.Box 901, Decatur, GA 30031 or gagensociety.org.