Published Friday, October 05, 2012

Georgia history lecture series begins Oct. 11 at Carnegie

From Staff Reports

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Newnan Carnegie Library Foundation is launching the Edgar B. Hollis Distinguished Lecturer Series featuring three “white glove discovery” lectures on Georgia history showcasing original documents and artifacts.

The series is sponsored by the Edgar B. Hollis Trust, and produced in partnership with the Newnan Carnegie Library Foundation and University of Georgia’s Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Mary Ellen Brooks, emeritus director of the Hargrett Library, invites guests to don white gloves and “engage with history like never before!” as she shares treasures from the Hargrett Library’s collection illuminating Georgia’s rich and fascinating history.

The lecture series begins Thursday, Oct. 11, from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. with “Georgia as a Colony.” The program begins with an orientation at the Carnegie Library’s Adult Reading Room. At 5:30 p.m. guests will proceed upstairs and be seated at tables laden with rare letters, treaties, maps, and newspapers as Brooks brings history alive through the unique insight provided by these rare documents.

Seating is limited for this special event. Reservations are accepted by signing up at the Carnegie Library or calling 770-683-1347.

The series continues with “Native Americans in Georgia” Nov.15, and “The Civil War in Georgia” on Jan. 15. All programs begin at 5:15 at the Carnegie Library Adult Reading Room in downtown Newnan.

Newnan Carnegie Library is the oldest surviving Carnegie library in Georgia and is operated by the city of Newnan. Newnan Carnegie Library Foundation was founded in 2008 to fund and further enhance library programming, literacy and learning for all ages, honoring the legacy of its great benefactor, Andrew Carnegie.

Edgar Baldwin Hollis, for whom the lecture series is named, was a native of Newnan.

He completed degrees in history and humanities from Emory University and spent most of his professional career in Washington, D.C. working for the National Security Agency’s Inter-Library Loan Division. He never forgot his roots, however, and he left a generous bequest to benefit Newnan’s citizens in the hopes of enriching many lives in his beloved town.

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