Georgia Women of Achievement, founded in 1992, each year seeks to honor three women who made great accomplishments in their careers in Georgia.
The first criteria for consideration is that the woman has to have been deceased at least 10 years at the time of nomination. The second is that their career should be based in Georgia, with impact on the state and Georgians.
The organization recently held its annual induction ceremony at Wesleyan College and honored Rebecca Stiles Taylor (1879-1958), head of Savannah’s chapter of the National Association of Colored Women; Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas (1834-1907) of Augusta, whose biography and letters recently have been published; and Bazoline Estelle Usher (1885-1992) of Atlanta, a noted educator.
Previous inductees are listed on the hall of fame’s website. Many well-known Georgia women have been honored in the past, including such figures as Juliette Gordon Low (founder of the Girl Scouts), Mary A. H. Gay (author) and Celestine Sibley (columnist and author). But also honored have been some lesser-known women, including African-Americans whose achievements were not generally well-known in their lifetimes because of the era in which they lived, such as Carrie Steele Logan of Atlanta.
The deadline for applications for next year’s nominations is June 30. Application forms and instructions can be found at www.georgiawomen.org under “nominations.” For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Leigh Goff at 678-643-1981. For information by mail, write Georgia Women of Achievement, P.O. Box 8249, 4760 Forsyth Road, Macon, GA 31210.
Emigration to Liberia
Matthew McDaniel of Columbus will speak on his new book, “Emigration to Liberia From the Chattahoochee Valley of Georgia and Alabama, 1853-1903” at the Georgia Archives Lunch and Learn lecture at noon April 11. The event is free; bring your own lunch.
McDaniel’s book, published by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission in Eufaula, Ala., is based on newspaper accounts and records from the American Missionary Association.
For further information on the lecture, call the Georgia Archives at 678-364-3710 or check www.georgiaarchives.org. For the book, see http://chattahoocheetrace.com.
Bible and book repair
Ken Jewell of the National Library Bindery Co. will be at an old book repair day held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 8 at the Gainesville Central Library, 127 Main St. in Gainesville. He will advise people on their books and give a free estimate for repair. Books can be left with him for repair. For more information, call 770-532-3311, Ext. 116.