Sunday, April 24, 2022, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
The Athens-Clarke County Library, Heritage Room and the Athens Historical Society bring you: Lost Athens, presented by Beth and Steven Brown. In the extensive North Side Urban Renewal project Athens lost hundreds of homes, as well as businesses, churches and even streets that had been part of the community life since Athens’ earliest days. We will discuss the history and development of the area from Lickskillet to The Bottom, then survey the lost structures, drawing upon rich photographic documentation in the Hargrett Library. As we stroll in this through this interactive program we’ll meet some of the many Athenians who called the area home during its history.
Beth Brown retired from the Griffin-Spalding School System in 2006 and moved to Athens to join the Athens-Clarke County Library in 2008 as Information Services and Heritage Room Librarian. She attended the Georgia Archives Institute in June of 2015 and served on the Athens Historical Society Board from 2015 to 2019. In January of 2019, she retired from the Heritage Room.
With degrees from Ohio State and the University of Michigan, Steven Brown came to Athens in 1979 to to join the UGA Libraries faculty at the Science Library. In 2000 he joined the Hargrett Library as Head of University of Georgia Archives and Records Management, completing the Georgia Archives Institute. In 2008 he semi-retired, but continued with Hargrett, focusing on reference work with University and local history. He served as historian on the Athens Historical Society Board of Directors from 2013 to 2019.
On November 30, 2019, Beth and Steven, enriched their research collaboration by getting married in the back yard of their Clarke County home, Greater Mayhem.