The Union Recorder

May 17, 2012

Milledgeville featured with Paula Deen in television show

From staff reports
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — The historic campus of Georgia Military College and Georgia College professors will be featured in NBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” as Emmy award-winning cooking host Paula Deen unveils her southern past.

The NBC television show filmed Georgia College history professors Dr. Bob Wilson and Dr. Rachel Shelden delineating Deen’s ancestry roots while sitting in the legislative chambers on the campus of GMC in March.

“My colleague and Civil War Era historian, Dr. Shelden, met with Ms. Deen, who was absolutely delightful to work with. Ms. Deen connected with her great-great-great-grandfather, John Batts, a substantial cotton planter of Lee County. Batts served in the legislature in the late 1850s and early 1860s, hence his association with Milledgeville,” Wilson said in a press release. “The whole process is a great adventure.”

Each week, viewers follow some of America’s best-known celebrities into their ancestral pasts, as they uncover stories of heroism and tragedy, love and betrayal, secrets and intrigue that lie at the heart of their family history, states NBC.com. As each celebrity discovers his or her unknown relatives - most of whom overcame hard times, the show will take viewers back through world history to expose how the lives of everyone's collective ancestors have shaped the world today.

The episode is schedule to air at 8 p.m. tonight on NBC as the show’s third season finale.

For more information about the show or Deen, visit www.nbc.com/who-do-you-think-you-are.