Tea Talk

Senoia historical program Thursday

Senoia Area Historical Society at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, will hear a program on the traditions of tea – a timely topic in anticipation of the historical society’s upcoming "Summer Tea on the Porch" event.

The historical society will be hosting local author Angela Webster McRae. A former newspaper reporter and magazine editor, McRae is now a freelance editor and writer who also serves as a book critic for Kirkus Reviews magazine.

McRae published her first book, “Dainty Dining,” a cookbook/history book about department store tea rooms, in 2011. She is now at work on a second tea room history book and is editing her first novel, a mystery. She blogs on the topic of teatime six days a week at teawithfriends.blogspot.com .

McRae will be discussing the time-honored tradition of afternoon tea, said Maureen Schuyler, director of the historical society’s museum.

Also at the society’s monthly business meeting the same evening the organization will be receiving a $500 donation from the Southside Cycling Club.

Senoia Area Historical Society preserves and showcases Senoia history and heritage in its museum in the historic Carmichael home at 6 Couch Street, one block north of downtown Senoia, then one block west. The museum is open Fridays and Saturdays 1-4 p.m.

Inside the museum, visitors can enjoy artifacts and stories as they walk through the five rooms and research library. An authentic Senoia postcard exhibit, circa 1892 through 1982, shares space with beautiful teller windows from the Farmers & Merchants Bank of 1874.

A room devoted to textiles contains items spanning time from 1920s tea dresses to a 1985 East Coweta High School homecoming dress. World War II rations books and v-mails share the History Room with the Senoia veterans exhibit. A large 1898 map of Senoia graces a wall of the Document Room, and the Portrait Room displays 1980s-1990s photos of Senoians.

This, is just a sampling of exhibits. Docents give guided tours or visitors are invited to stroll the museum on their own. Admission is free. Donations are greatly appreciated.

More information is available at senoiahistory.org/museum .

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