Adult Speaker Series
Enjoy the Adult Speaker Series at the Southern Museum on the second Saturday of every month through November from 1 – 2 p.m. Bring your history-loving friends to learn about various topics throughout the year.
From Steam to Diesel
August 12, 1:00-2:00
Speaker: Dr. Albert Churella, KSU
For more than a century, steam-powered locomotives dominated American land transportation. However, during the middle of the twentieth century, with remarkable speed, diesel locomotives displaced steam from the railroads. Learn more about the technology, the people and the dedication of railroaders to a long-established form of motive power.
Ethnobotany: A Cherokee Relationship
September 9, 1:00-2:00
Speaker: Tony Harris, Georgia Trail of Tears Association
Tony Harris will share his expertise on the plants that were so significant to the life and culture of our native Cherokee people prior to the Trail of Tears.
Our Textile Legacy
October 14, 1:00-2:00
Speaker: Adam Ware, Bandy Heritage Center for Northwest Georgia
Learn more about the remarkable history that transformed Dalton and Northwest Georgia from the origin of beautiful chenille bedspreads and tufted carpets into a textile-manufacturing hub and what this has meant for the local economy.
Rosenwald Schools: Advancing African American Education in the Early 20th Century
November 11, 1:00-2:00
Speaker: Valerie Coleman, Noble Hill-Wheeler Memorial Center
Learn more about the history and legacy of the Rosenwald Schools concept, a partnership between Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosenwald, head of the Sears, Roebuck & Company, to educate African American children in the rural south. Five thousand Rosenwald schools were created between 1917-1932 and educated children up until 1954 when desegregation caused the schools to become obsolete.