Stumped by an old photo you can’t identify? Marvin Sowder will explain how he analyzes old photographs of our area to estimate dates & answer questions. “Analyzing Old Photographs” is the program for the Sunday, September. 15 meeting, 2:30 at the Huff House.
King Street Dalton GA 1905
Discount Flea Market and Book Sale
at Old Spring Place Methodist Church this Week
August 23 - 24
9 am to 2 pm both days
Members of the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society announce that there will be a "Discount Flea Market" at the Old Spring Place Methodist Church this Friday and Saturday, August 23-24, from 9-2 each day.The committee which oversees the historic property reports that there is still a large collection of household items available even after a successful sale during the Spring Place Festival this weekend. There are also tools, LP records, VHS tapes, Christmas decorations, pictures and frames, and used books on hand--all of which can be purchased at discounted prices during this follow-up sale. Check the old church's Facebook page for more information.
--exploring your family tree—
Sept. 28, 2019
& Oct. 19, 2019
INTERMEDIATE? HIT A WALL?
WE HAVE THE CLASS FOR YOU!
HISTORY CENTER & ARCHIVES
715 CHATTANOOGA AVENUE
DALTON, GA 30720
Saturday, Sept. 28
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
How to Begin Your Family Research
Includes: Genealogy Basics
Walking the paper trial
Lunch break 12:30-1:00 p.m.
Sack lunches will be available for $6.
Searching for Women and why are they important
Organizing your paperwork
How to preserve your heritage--basics in writing the family history, preparing for publication, & using acid- free papers to preserve the artifacts handed down from generation to generation.
The late Helen Shope had many talents. In addition to her research on local history topics & leadership of the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society Quarterly in the 1970s & ‘80s, she was an avid painter. At her death, the paintings came to the historical society.
The exhibit will then remain on display at the archives through September.
Join us to celebrate Helen & her lasting contributions to local history & WMHS.
HISTORIC PRESERVATION AWARDS,
The Whitfield-Murray Historical Society celebrated Historic Preservation month by recognizing individuals & groups who have contributed to preservation in the two counties. Preservation awards, scholarships, Eagle Scout recognitions, & President’s Awards were presented at a recent meeting at the Murray Co. courthouse.
Historic Preservation awards were presented to the City of Dalton Public Works Department, Elizabeth Robinson, & Ted Yarbrough. Ralph Stafford recognized the City of Dalton Public Works Dept. for their work in water studies, signage, mowing, spreading millings, & trash pickup. Tim Howard praised Elizabeth Robinson’s work at the Old Spring Place Methodist Church. David Loughridge shared the late Frank Adams’s praise for Ted Yarbrough’s creative ideas at the Chatsworth Depot.
Scholarship chair Dewey Hughes presented scholarships to high school seniors who have contributed to area historic preservation efforts. Diya Patel of Coahulla Creek High received the Dr. Don Thomas & Judy Alderman Scholarship. Samuel Carlson of Dalton High was awarded the Pete Sims & Mary Gene Dykes Scholarship. Three North Murray High students--Kaylor Mullis, Jenna Palmer, & Caroline Ridley—received the Paul Ross Memorial Scholarship. Megan Cherry, Simon England, Adella Lonas, & Lana Ridley—all of Murray Co. High—claimed the James & Nell Ruth Loughridge Scholarship. A special thanks was given to the Mashburn Trust for support of the scholarship fund.
Marvin Sowder & Tina Pankey recognized contributions of Eagle Scouts. Sowder praised Andrew Rogers’s work at the Huff House. Pankey described Samuel Carlson’s work on a West Hill Cemetery project.
Sandra Clark & Betsy McArthur were recipients of the WMHS President’s Awards for exceptional service to the Society. Clark is current treasurer who has met a number of challenges with hard work & grace. McArthur has catalogued the Tut McFarland Library at the archives & is in the process of updating the Journal.
Following the awards, Tim Howard gave a brief history of the Murray Co. courthouse. He & Chuck Smith conducted guided tours of their work in organizing county records.
Historic Preservation awards were presented to Ted Yarbrough, Elizabeth Robinson, and City of Dalton Public Works
Sandra Clark & Betsy McArthur were recipients of the WMHS Presidentís Awards
Jenna Palmer, Diya Patel, Megan Cherry, Adella Lonas, Simon England, Lana Ridley, and Kaylor Mullis
Andrew Rogers, Eagle Scout recipient
BLUNT COVERLETS GAIN ATTENTION
by Joanne Lewis, Blunt House chair
"Southern, plain, and collectible” were the words textile historian Kathleen Grant used to describe dimity coverlets that belonged to the Ainsworth Emery Blunt family. Mrs. Grant recently traveled from Tampa, FL to inspect two dimity cotton coverlets at the Blunt House. Grant sais they were exactly what she was looking for, & that many of this type of bed coverlet has been discarded because they are so white and plain. The coverlets have not been shown at the Blunt House until now. However, they are very interesting when one learns how they were made & studies their details.
Dimity coverlets were made by Southern women at home for family use. Today they are rare & collectible. Mrs. Grant studied, photographed, & documented our two as she travels around the South recording every dimity coverlet she can find. From Dalton she was going to Athens to document more. Hopefully, the Blunt coverlets will be shown in her future book.
Another exciting discovery was the history & method of weaving another Blunt coverlet which Mrs. Grant identified as a Boutenne or Bolton coverlet. These coverlets were made no later than 1850 in New England & Pennsylvania. Mr. Blunt & his first wife were from New England--probably where ours originated.
Visit the Blunt House, 507 S. Thornton Avenue, any Friday from 10:30 to 4:00, to view & to learn more about these textile treasures. And we thought we were only famous for chenille!
Copies of Dorothy "Dot" McCrory's poetry book,
"Too Much Cider in the Applesauce,"
are available at the Crown Gardens & Archives,
715 Chattanooga Ave. Dalton GA
Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Copies are $25.
A copy can be mailed for $35.
Book sales benefit the Lesche Club scholarship fund.
Copies of the Historic Photographs of The Whitfield County Schools Available For Purchase!
The Historic Photographs of The Whitfield County Schools by Ellen Keith Thompson is available for purchase. If you're interested in purchasing the book, please maila check payable to WMHS to P.O. Box 6180Dalton, GA. 30722 in the amount of $55 (includes shipping and handling). Or, you can purchase the book at the Crown Gardens & Archives for $45 located on 715 Chattanooga Avenue, Dalton, GA. 30722. All the proceeds from the books sales will the basis of the endowmenet fund for the 40th Anniversary.
Hours at Crown Garden and Archives
To better serve our community
we will now be open M-F 10am - 4pm.
We will also be open by appointment on weekends and evenings for research and events!
To make an appoinment please call during our business hours!
Hours at Blunt House, Hamilton House, and Huff House
The Blunt House is open for tours on Fridays from 10:30 until 4.
The Huff House is open for tours on Fridays from 10 until 3.
Hamilton House is open by appointment by calling the Archives at (706) 278-0217.