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March 15, 2013

Historic home connects to the community

MILLEDGEVILLE — The Sallie Ellis Davis House will opens its doors for education in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

It’s part of the cultural arts center’s plans to deepen its connection with the local community.

The center will host a lecture that is free and open to the public at 6 p.m. Friday, March 15.

The event titled “Irish Immigrants in the American South” is given by Mauriel Joslyn. She is a Georgia College alum and an adjunct professor of history at Georgia Military College. The lecture celebrates the Irish heritage of local educator Sallie Ellis Davis.

“I did my master’s thesis on the Irish and studied Irish history in Ireland,” Joslyn said. “I've done a lot of research on Irish history and why they came here.”

This informative lecture will teach the audience unknown facts about why St. Patrick’s Day and Irish roots are important to Milledgeville and Sallie Ellis Davis.

“Events like these are opportunities for both campus and community members to celebrate Milledgeville’s rich historical heritage,” said Deitrah Taylor, program assistant of the home. “These lectures will put history learned from the classroom into a local context that will broaden cultural perspectives.”

The Sallie Ellis Davis House served as residence to Sallie Ellis Davis from 1912 until her death in 1950.

Sallie’s father Josh Ellis was a child of indentured servants who came to America from Ireland. The Ellis family had more in common with the enslaved blacks than the planters who were their employers. After fighting in the Civil War, Ellis purchased David Dixson’s cotton gin and began to establish himself in Milledgeville.

Located on South Clarke Street, the historic home now is a modern-day cultural center, including classroom accommodations, a meeting/banquet room, the latest technology and a small kitchen.

The house opens for regular tours Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment.

For more information about these upcoming events, call 478-445-5889.

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