Heritage Room

Visit the Heritage Room to research genealogy, local & Georgia history, and more!

Heritage Room Hours

  • Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.

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Please call (706-613-3650 ext 350) or email the heritage staff (heritageroomref@athenslibrary.org) if you have any questions.

October 2017 Events

CSI Dixie: The view from the American South's coroner's office, 1800-1900

Sunday, October 8, 3:00 p.m.
Athens Clarke County Library

Dr. Stephen Berry provides a glimpse into Victorian-era coroner's inquests, some of richest records we have of life and death in the nineteenth century South. Using extant coroners' inquests for the state of South Carolina between 1800 and 1900, Dr. Berry will explore how race, place, gender, profession, behavior, and good and bad luck played large roles in how our forebears exited this world. Presented by Athens Historical Society and Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room. Some of the program's content may not be suitable for all ages and audiences.

Night Owl Prowl 3.0: Digitize Your Family History

Friday, October 27, 2017, 6 p.m. to 11p.m.
Athens Clarke County Library

The Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society and the Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room invite you to our annual Night Owl Prowl. Remember all those times you found something just as the repository was about to close? Ever dream of spending the night in a genealogical collection? Now's your chance and this year the Heritage Room Staff will be offering scanning appointments to those in attending who wish to scan in attendance make digital copies of their family treasures When the Library closes at 6:00pm on Friday, October 28, you and your fellow genealogy researchers will have the Heritage Room all to yourselves. There will be food and beverages and a security guard to walk you to your car if you leave before 11:00 p.m. The charge is $10 for COGS members and $15 for nonmembers to cover the cost of security and food. The number of participants is limited, so payment and registration form must be received by Tuesday, October 24, 20170 at 8:00pm.

Genealogy One-on-Ones

Wednesday, October 11, 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
Wednesday, October 18 & 25, 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.
Heritage Conference Room

Do you have a genealogical "brick wall" you'd like to smash? Are you conducting local history research for a class and need help figuring out where to begin? Did you buy a new house recently want to research its history? Get help solving these and other research quandaries by registering for a Genealogy One-on-One! Registration required.

July 2017 Events

**Special Event** Common Heritage Scan Day

Saturday, July 29, 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.
First AME Church - 521 N Hull St, Athens, GA 30601

Each family has treasures that link them to their past and will, if preserved, link them to their future. Preserve your family's history today!

Athens-Clarke County Library staff will be at the First AME Church on Saturday, July 29, to help you make digital copies of your family treasures. Free hour-long appointments are available all day. Bring your photos, family Bibles, scrapbooks, recipes, slides and more!

We are all part of Athens’ shared history - whether you've lived here for three years or three decades. Whether you're a music mogul or a mechanic, your family’s history is important to future generations.

This initiative is part of the National Endowment for Humanities' Common Heritage Grant. By helping families preserve their heirloom documents, we hope to ensure that everyone's story is remembered.

Sign up for your appointment through the library's online events calendar at www.athenslibrary.org/athens or call the library’s Heritage Room at 706-613-3650, extension 350.

One-on-Ones

Wednesday, July 5 & 19, 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
Wednesday, July 12 & 26, 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.
Heritage Conference Room

Do you have a genealogical "brick wall" you'd like to smash? Are you conducting local history research for a class and need help figuring out where to begin? Did you buy a new house recently want to research its history? Get help solving these and other research quandaries by registering for a Genealogy One-on-One! Registration required.

Hiram House

Saturday, July 8, 1:00 p.m.
MultiPurpose Room A

Dr. Robert Harrison of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church will speak about the Hiram House and the effort to renovate and maintain it. The Hiram House was built in 1910 is located at 635 W. Hancock Street in the Reese Street Historic District. This house was owned by two African American doctors through the years. Dr. William H. Harris was the original owner of the house and Dr. Ida Mae Hiram, the first African-American dentist in Athens and the first African-American woman to pass Georgia's Dental Board Exam, lived in the the home until her death in 1979.

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