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SUGGESTIONS for PROGRAMS and ACTIVITIES

Is there a history topic you'd like us to present or a local history site you'd like to visit with our group?

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Activities & Projects:

In addition to regular scheduled meetings, there are opportunities to join others in exploring historic resources in the area and in researching inhabitants and life in the Johns Creek area during earlier times. See what's happening.

 


 

Meetings
Monthly History Programs

Join us at our next meeting of the Johns Creek Historical Society!

Our Meetings are usually held on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm. Location varies and so can dates, so please check meeting postings.

Meetings are a chance to hear about history related activities in the Johns Creek area, learn from programs and lectures, share discoveries in local history, hear memories of long-time residents, and network with others interested in capturing the past.

Johns Creek Historical Society meetings are free and open to the public.
NEXT MEETING of the JOHNS CREEK HISTORICAL SOCIETY

"Memories of Newtown"

Guest speakers will include Larry Garrard and others with roots in the historic Newtown community.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
7:00pm
Park Place, in Newtown Park
the historic Newtown School building
3125 Old Alabama Rd, Johns Creek

Our January program will be focused on Newtown, one of the four historic communities in today's City of Johns Creek. Larry Garrard and others with deep local roots will have a conversation about the history of the area and growing up country kids when Newtown was a rural farming community.

This Johns Creek Historical Society program is free and open to the public.

Our thanks to Park Place and the City of Johns Creek for allowing us to use the old Newtown School building for this meeting.


Mark Your Calendar for our February Meeting

February meeting of the Johns Creek Historical Society
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
7:00pm


Our February meeting will return to our usual 1st Wednesday of the month schedule.  There won't be a speaker, instead it will be a chance to meet and network with others interested in history, share ongoing history research and projects, ask questions about local history, learn where help is needed, and give input on the future of the historical society. 


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List of PAST MEETINGS - dates and topics

Sunday, November 11, 2018
Doors opened at 2:00pm

Alpharetta City Hall
"Veterans Day Program in Honor of the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day"

N Fulton History Alliance meeting Michael Hitt, historian

This was the first event of the North Fulton History Alliance, hosted in partnership with the Alpharetta, Roswell, and Johns Creek Historical Societies. The program included comments by Veteran Roger Wise and Presentation of the Colors by the Johns Creek Veterans Association Color Guard. Martine Broadwell told the story of WWI service by a local resident.

The featured speaker was historical writer and researcher, Michael Hitt, who related two WWI stories:

  • Nurse Camille O'Brien - the only nurse from the famous Emory Unit to die in the unit's service in Algeria and France.
  • The Steele's Bridge incident - an army convoy on a secret mission to arrest WWI army deserters hiding in southern Cherokee County. 

In the rotunda, there was an exhibit of WWI artifacts and photos of WWI service members related to local residents and the Alpharetta History Room was open before and after the program.



History program

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 at 7:00pm
at the historic Mt. Zion (now Mustard Seed) Church
"Memories of McGinnis Ferry Road and Shakerag"
Guest speakers:
Jan Bell Webster and Charlie Boyd

This program featured Jan Bell Webster and Charlie Boyd in conversation about the history of the McGinnis Ferry Road and Shakerag area.
Both descendants of the area's early settlers, they talked about early local history and related fun stories of growing up country kids when roads were still dirt and gravel (including McGinnis Ferry Road).

Monthly History Programs


Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 at 7:00pm
at the historic Warsaw Church
"Two Families, One Farmhouse, Six Generations"
Presented by Hannelore Quigley and Beverley Canaday

History meetingThis multi-media presentation used original photos and artifacts to portray life in Maryland in 1889. After the Civil War, some freedmen remained where they were, making the choice to live and work on the farm where they had been enslaved. This presentation tells how three generations of formerly enslaved workers raised their families on the same farm, and how a 127 year-old “family photograph” reconnected descendants to their past, uncovered shared history, and established new relationships.

Read more about this program in the September 10, 2018 Johns Creek Herald article by Carson Cook


Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 at 7:00pm
"Local Impact of World War I"
Gene Ramsay, area historian and co-author of "Images of America: Norcross" presented a program on WWI and the impact on the region.

JC History Meeting


Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 at 7pm
"Crossing the Chattahoochee"
Clarke Otten presented a program about the historic ferries and bridges that crossed the Chattahoochee River in and near our area.


Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 7pm
"A year in review and planning for the organization"
We presented a year-end review of accomplishments and activities in 2017 (it's the one-year anniversary of our first monthly meeting!) and gave updates on local history activities. Then, to help plan for 2018, we opened the floor to ideas for future programs, projects, and fieldtrips,


Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 7pm
"Oral Histories"
We looked at examples of oral histories from locals with long ties to the land that is today's Johns Creek. These memories of life when this area was a group of farming communities were captured on video, audio, and in written accounts that reside in both our archives and in other local resources.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 7pm
We caught up on history related activities and shared discoveries. Kirk brought "Green Books", published in 1936-1966, and introduced us to the need and importance of these travel guides to African-Americans travelling during segregation.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 7pm
"Green Family and Store"
We met at the Summerour House to hear about the Green Store and the Green family, then walked the short distance to the Green Store for a tour of the building, its contents of historic items, and learn about ongoing projects.  The store is a wonderful example of the small general stores that populated our area in the past and served local farm families.


Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 7pm
Jack Morton and Jim Spruell - boyhood memories living in this area when it was still a rural farming community.



Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 7pm
Networking and sharing history discoveries


Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 4:30-6:00pm and 7-8:30pm
"Sorting a Collection of Newtown Records"

We had fun and learned collection management procedures while examining, identifying and recording the contents of 7 boxes of the Susan Miller collection of Newtown Park and history items.

   
Examining a photo of Newtown school students and other items related to the creation of Newtown Park and Newtown's history.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 7:00pm
"Sharing history"

We shared some of our research and listened to Millie Medlock Moore relate stories and memories of the area in earlier times.

Johns Creek Historical Society meeting


Wednesday, April 5 - Cancelled for threatening weather.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017- First official meeting of the historical society
"Resources for historical research
The wide variety of resources available for researching both local and family's history was presented - books, online resources, history research centers, and more.

We are encouraging membership in the Johns Creek Historical Society to support startup costs, programs, activities, and projects. Info on becoming a member.