National, state archives look at public health

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

The National Archives and the Georgia Archives are holding public health history symposiums Sept. 16 and 17 at their campuses at 5780 and 5800 Jonesboro Road in Morrow.

The Georgia Archives will present “Ethics, Eugenics and Public Health in Georgia” 2-5:30 p.m. Sept. 16, including a tour; a panel discussion on bioethical issues from 3 until 4:30 featuring Georgia State University law professor Paul Lombardo and Amy D’Unger of Georgia Tech; and a reception.

It’s free, but limited to 50. To pre-register, see below. For information, call 678-364-3731.

The National Archives at Atlanta will hold an all-day symposium, “Ethics, Epidemics and Education: Public Health and the Federal Government,” 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sept. 17.

Speakers will include Dr. Susan Reverby on the Tuskegee experiments; Dr. Elena Conis about immunization history; Kaye Minchew about President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Warm Springs and polio; and speakers from Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It’s also free, and limited to 200.

Pre-registration (for both) is required at archives.gov/atlanta/symposiums/public-health or email atlanta.archives@nara.gov. For information, contact Joel Walker of the National Archives and Records Administration at 770-968-2530.

Jackson County newspapers

Faye Stone Poss has published “Jackson County, Georgia, Newspaper Clippings, The Jackson Herald, 1891-1895.”

As with her other books, she carefully abstracted all kinds of interesting information from Jefferson, in northeast Georgia. She has included social comings and goings, as well as marriages, deaths and legal notices. Information from surrounding small towns gives great insight into people there. It’s a valuable document for researchers as well as interesting reading about what people were doing in the 1890s.

Fully indexed and published with a Taylor Foundation grant, the hardback edition is $35 postpaid from Faye Poss, 2767 Centerville Rosebud Road, Snellville, GA 30039-5517. A softbound version is available via amazon.com.

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