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March 1, 2013

Historic home connects to the community

MILLEDGEVILLE — Educational tours and lectures will travel throughout Georgia College’s Sallie Ellis Davis House during March.

The cultural arts center plans to deepen its connection with the local community through engaging visits and talks all month-long.

“We’re participating in Milledgeville’s First Fridays for the first time to encourage locals to learn more about our town’s history through the Sallie Ellis Davis House,” said Deitrah Taylor, program assistant of the home.

The center’s staff will visit local technology resource Digital Bridges from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 1, to meet community members.

Partnering with Georgia College Special Collections too, the staff asks locals to bring their pieces of Milledgeville history — oral stories, objects and photos — to share on site as well.

During the First Friday event, the Sallie Ellis Davis House staff also will provide tours of the home.

The center will follow up First Friday with two lectures free and open to the public: 

• Thursday, March 7: “Meanings of American Freedom: The Emancipation Proclamation at 150,” a 6 p.m. lecture with Georgia College’s Dr. Mark Huddle, U.S. and African-American history professor. The lecture discusses how the Emancipation helped redefine and expand American freedom, particularly for the African-American community during the past 150 years; and

• Friday, March 15: “Irish Immigrants in the American South,” a 6 p.m. lecture by Mauriel Joslyn, Georgia College alumnus and an adjunct professor of history at Georgia Military College. The lecture celebrates the Irish heritage of local educator Sallie Ellis Davis.

“These events are opportunities for both campus and community members to celebrate Milledgeville’s rich historical heritage,” Taylor said. “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.

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