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March 23rd marked the 32nd Annual West Georgia Regional History Day. Co-sponsored by the Troup County Historical Society and LaGrange College, the contest welcomed one hundred sixty-eight students representing thirteen schools. Students in grades 7 through 12 have worked on projects since early in the school year with hopes of eventually competing at the National History Day at the University of Maryland in June.

Students, teachers, parents, and judges all considered this year’s event a great success!  Dr. Joshua Van Lieu, Assistant Professor of History at LaGrange College, who served as a judge, stated “I really had a good time… and was quite impressed with the time and energy that the students devoted to their work. All them were quite eloquent in their interviews and were able to add significantly to our understanding of their work.”

National History Day Contest requires students to choose historical topics related to the yearly theme. This year, the students prepared projects related to the theme of “Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History,” in one of five categories: original papers, exhibits, dramatic performances, documentaries, or websites. The students begin with the topic and conduct primary and secondary  research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews, and visits to historic sites. The activity is an excellent introduction to skill-building historical research. After researching their topics, the students analyze, interpret, and draw conclusions on the gathered information. The benefits of the contest are enumerable including higher test performance, better writing skills, development of time management skills, and a greater ability to collaborate and communicate. Students who participate in NHD consistently display higher levels of commitment throughout high school, regardless of race or household income. Perhaps, the most important skill gained from the National History Day Competitions is a matured understanding of current events and civic engagement that prepares the students to be leaders. 

The contest begins at a local level within the schools.  The best of the schools’ projects are sent to Regional History Day.  Schools can send up to 21 projects to the LaGrange contest. From each category, first, second, and third place winners advance to the State History Day on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Mercer University in Macon.  State winners move on to participate in National History Day held at the University of Maryland at College Park, June 10-14. These students will compete and serve as ambassadors representing our community and state.  In an exciting development this year, all local winners earned a $1000 scholarship to LaGrange College.

Special thanks to our community judges: Charlene Baxter, Mike Bunn, Julia Dyar, Linda Gavin, Amy Grantham, Barry Jackson, Dr. Fred Mills, and Pat Walters. Also, involved were Cindy Berman, Dr. Joe Cafero, Dr. Lisa Crutchfield, Shannon Gavin-Harris, Kaye Minchew, and Dr. Kevin Shirley.


The Troup County Historical Society hosted a brunch spotlighting “Five Georgia Events that Changed World History” on Friday, April 27th. Jamil Zainaldin was the guest speaker. Zainaldin is resident of the Georgia Humanities Council and is a frequent speaker. He is the author of two books on Georgia history. He is a native of Georgia and has served as president of the Humanities Council since 1997. The talk proved to be both thoughtprovoking and fun!

The brunch was held at Highland Country Club. Among the five Georgia events mentioned, one involved Coca-Cola, another the Battle of Atlanta while another centered around Americus and an airfield. What five events would be on your list??


An Update on a Former History Day Winner

The Troup County Historical Society has sponsored History Day for thirty-two years. As indicated in previous articles of this newsletter, we had one of our most successful regional contests this  March. This seems like a great time to recognize the achievements of a former History Day winner and a former part-time staff member of the Troup County Archives.

Thomas Daniel (Danny) Knight was recently awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor of History at The University of Texas – Pan American, in Edinburg, TX, where he has taught since 2004. Danny received his Ph.D. as well as M.Litt. and M.St. degrees from Oxford University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He was also a Slosson Fellow at The University of Michigan after receiving his B.A. in History and Classics from Washington and Lee University in 1992. Danny teaches classes in American history, including the history of the American Revolution, the Old South, the American family, and the United States in an Atlantic World.  Danny began working at the Troup County Archives as a summer job in 1985 and continued working summers and weekends until 1992, when he began his studies at Oxford. He first competed in National History Day in 1983. He participated in both individual and group table top exhibit competitions as well as the historical paper competition, and he placed at the local, district, state, and national levels. In 1984, his exhibit on the Long Cane Community (completed with partner Michael Edmondson, now a television producer working with the Georgia Farm Bureau in Macon, Georgia) won national honors. Since 2004, Danny has judged table top exhibits and historical papers at South Texas National History Day competitions sponsored by The University of Texas – Pan American.

Danny has authored and co-authored numerous books and articles, including two completed while he worked at the Troup County Archives and published by the Troup County Historical Society (Early Estate Records of Troup County, Georgia: 1828-1850, co-authored with Randall Allen, and Family, Church, and Community Cemeteries of Troup County Georgia, co-authored with Dorothy McClendon and Lillie Lambert). His most recent publication is Hammack Cousins: Hammack and Hammock Families in England and America, 1569 - 2010, published in 2011 by Penobscot  Press. He is currently at work on several projects, including a history of the John McGee family of Troup and Harris Counties. He spends summers and holidays in Troup County and hopes eventually to return to the Troup County area on a full-time basis. Danny is also gracious in occasionally helping the Archives staff with reference questions! 

We would love to spotlight other former History Day winners in future newsletters. If you were a History Day winner who placed first, second, or third in the local or regional History Day contest and advanced to the State Contest, please share with us details about your current life. We are very proud to have had a small influence in the lives of many students over the last 32 years! 





George S. & Edna L. Cobb Foundation



James & Markette Baker

Callaway Family Association

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Harris

Dr. & Mrs. Richard Ingram

Dr. & Mrs. Don Neal



Ms. Pat Alverson

Bill & Susan Black

Commercial Bank & Trust

Doug & Sandy Cox

Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Hunter

Clark & Deborah Johnson

Kaye & Greg Minchew

Dr. Leland Park

Ann & Bill Petry

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Torrence



Mr. Wayne Abbott

Mr. & Mrs. Earl Cook

Miss Katherine Cook

Dr. & Mrs. Robert Copeland

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Ellis

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Malone

Mr. & Mrs. Jerry McInvale

Mrs. Judith Merrill

Edward & Laura Smith

James & Janice Stogner

Ms.Toni Stribling



Dr. & Mrs. W. T. Ayers, Jr.

Ann & Ted Beason

Mr. Jake Behr

Mrs. Luticia Estes Black

Mr. & Mrs. H. Speer Burdette

Charter Bank

Mr. & Mrs. Chris Cleaveland

Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Cleaveland

Robert & Jane Condra

Ms. Jane Alice Craig

Ms. Betty Daniel

Mr. & Mrs. Fred Durand

Dr. & Mrs. William Fackler

Mr. & Mrs. Donald Flynn

Mr. & Mrs. Jimmy Fulford

Mr. & Mrs. Jackson Grady

Dr. & Mrs. Danny Guy

Mr. Colville Harrell

Mr. & Mrs. John Holle

Mr. & Mrs. Fred D. Hoppe

Drs. Anna Kao & Kenneth Horlander

Mr. & Mrs. Fred Jones

Dr. Woody & Ruth Anne Wilson Jones

Mr.  & Mrs. Chad Kelly

Dr. & Mrs. James Killebrew

Mr. & Mrs. Walt Knight

Mrs. Joseph Kyle

Mr. & Mrs. Louis Lester

Mr. Guy Longshore

Mr. & Mrs. Fred Lundberg

Rick & Dale Mallory

Mr. Earl Marsh

David & Diana Martin

Dr. & Mrs. William Martin

Mr. & Mrs. Dewey McKenzie

Mr. & Mrs. John McKibben

Dr. & Mrs. Walter Murphy

Mr. & Mrs. Curtis Myhand

Mr. Fred Newman

Dr. & Mrs. Tom Pirkle

Mr. H. Pope Richter

Mr. Don Russell

Mr. & Mrs. Jay Russell

Mrs. Laura Shedd

Mr. & Mrs. Charles W. Smith

Dr. & Mrs. Ed Smith

Mr. & Mrs. Ellis C. Smith

Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Smith


Charles & Nancy Stevens

Col. Reid Wallis

Mr. & Mrs. R. W. Walters

Mr. & Mrs. Jason Weldon

Mrs. Nancy Yates



Mr. & Mrs. Otis J. Abernathy

Mr. & Mrs. Marc Acree

Mr. & Mrs. Mike Angstadt

Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Bartley

Mr. & Mrs. Donald Bassett

Mr. & Mrs. Edwin Batchelor

Dr. & Mrs. Paul Baxter

Mr. & Mrs. Ed Biggs

Mr. & Mrs. Bernard Bledsoe

Mrs. Peggy Boatwright

Mr. & Mrs. Bobby Carmichael

Mrs. Lillian Cauble

Mrs. Anne A. Cleaveland

Mr. & Mrs. Jim Crane

Ms. Frances Daniel

Mr. & Mrs. Larry Daniel

Mrs. Jane Crayton Davis

Mrs. Julia T. Dyar

Mr. & Mrs. Mack Paul Efland

Mr. & Mrs. Alec Evans

Emmett Evans

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Ferguson

Mr. & Mrs. Don Flint

Mr. & Mrs. Oliver Greene

Marguerite Greer & Russ Dodson

Dr. & Mrs. James Doerr

Dr. & Mrs. Garnett Geisler

Selma & Tom Gore

Mr. & Mrs. Danny Graddy

Ms. Frances Hines

Mr. & Mrs. Pat Holder

Mr. & Mrs. W.L. Hopson

Dr. & Mrs. Samuel Hornsby

Mr. & Mrs. W. B. Houze

Mr. Jerry Johnson

Ms. Sandie Johnson

Mr. & Mrs. Chris Joseph

Judge & Mrs. Allen Keeble

Mitch & Meredith Key

Dr. & Mrs. Werner Linz

Mr. & Mrs. William Lovejoy

Mrs. Kendrick Mattox

Mr. & Mrs. Ken McGreevy

Mr. & Mrs. Alfred McNair

Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Moody

Ms. Dorothy Moore

Dr. & Mrs. James Morgan

Ms. Josievet Moss

Dr. & Mrs. Jerry Overall

Mr. & Mrs. Loren Pinkerton

Mr. & Mrs. Leon Pitts

Dr. & Mrs. Cliff Rainey

Franklin & Mary Reese

Drs. Eugene & Margaret Schaufler

Elizabeth Sims

Mr. & Mrs. Tom Slagle

Mr. & Mrs. Roy Spinks

Mr. & Mrs. Tom Stanley

Mr. & Mrs. Horace Thom

Mrs. Ferrell Towns

Ms. Elizabeth Traylor

Mr. & Mrs. George Wallace

Mr. & Mrs. Calvin Wingo



Dr. Sybil Allen

Mrs. Ethyl Ault

Mr. Daniel Baker

Ms. Kim Bartlett

Ms. Charlene Baxter

Mr. Gerald Becham

Mr. & Mrs. Jim Biagi

Mr. James T. Boyd

Mrs. Helen Brackett

Mr. W. Elmo Bradfied

Dr. & Mrs. Lloyd Brewton

Ms. Malinda Brooks

Ms. Judy Bute

Mr. & Mrs. High Camp

Mrs. J. W. Carr

Col. & Mrs. Rick Cleaveland

Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Crawford

Capt. & Mrs. Todd Creekman

Patrick & Pam Crews

Mrs. Sally L. Culpepper

Mr. Arthur Edge

Mr. & Mrs. Milton Edelson

Mr. & Mrs. Edward Edge

Dr. & Mrs. Charles Evans

Capt. & Mrs. Joe Fagundes

Mr. & Mrs. Jack Folds

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Foster

Ms. Joyce Freeman

Dr. & Mrs. Richard Freeman

Mr. William Freeman

Ms. Louise French

Mrs. Jane Fryer

Ms. Sarah Funderbunk

Pat & Sidney Gay

Mr. & Mrs. Orren Gilbert

Mr. & Mrs. James Gresham

Dr. & Mrs. Ken Gordon

Dr. & Mrs. Robert Greer

Mr. & Mrs. William C. Guthrie

Mrs. Susan Hall

Mr. & Mrs. Thelon Hamby

Mrs. Martha Harley

Gen. & Mrs. Donald Harlin

Ms. Mary Ellen Hill

Mr. & Mrs. Owen Holleran

Mr. Ralph Howard

Mr. & Mrs. John Huckstep

Mrs. Yolanda Jabaley

Mr. Stephen Johnson

Mrs. Ida F. T. Jones

Mr. & Mrs. Jake Jones

Mr. & Mrs. Jared Jones

Mr. Lamar Jones

Mrs. Julia Keller

Mr. & Mrs. John Lancaster

Ms. Sondra Lee

Mrs. Ruby B. Lipham

Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Livingston

Mr. & Mrs. Brian Lockerbie

Mr. & Mrs. J. Keener Lynn

Mr. & Mrs. G. Melville Major

Mrs. Glenda Major

Dr. & Mrs. Grant Major

Dr. & Mrs. Paul Major

Mr. & Mrs. Mickey McCoy

Mrs. Gay McDaniel

Mr. & Mrs. Ray McKenzie

Dr. & Mrs. Fred Mills

Mr. & Mrs. Freeman Mills

Mr. Vincent Moon

Mr. & Mrs. George Moore

Mr. Maynard Morgan

Mr. & Mrs. Ray A. Newman

Mrs. Betty Oetjen

Mr. & Mrs. Gene Page

Mr. David Parker

Mrs. Robbie Parker

Dr. & Mrs. Bob Patton

Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Pauley

Pam & Ian Ramsay

Ms. Julia Reeves

Mr. & Mrs. Marshall Sapp

John J. Schuyler, Jr.

Margaret Schuyler

Mrs. Avery (Lois) Sledge

Mr. V. Hawley Smith

Mrs. Joanna Stark

Ms. Ann Stich

Mr. H. Grady Traylor

Ms. Lynda Veal

Ms. Jennie Wadsworth

Mrs. Gail Walsh

Mr. Robert Weeks

Mr. & Mrs. David Whatley

Mr. & Mrs. James Woodyard

Mrs. Richard H. Worrell

RECENT ACCESSIONS: 16 November 2011-31 March 2012

Baker, Dan. Various LaGrange Telephone Directories, 1999-2010.

Baxter, Paul. Thank you for Atheists: Who make it Easier (Not Harder) to Believe in God.

Beason, Ann and Ted. 1919, 1927, 1928 LaGrange High School Clarion, and 1929 Alabama College Technala yearbook.

Behr, Jake. Behr’s Store, c1954 (digital image).

Boyd, James T. Plaque, clay vase, albums, and books from LaGrange International Friendship Exchange (LIFE) trip to Poti, Georgia, and Incorporation of “Sweet Land of Liberty” Parade. (also from estate of Annette Boyd.)

Calaway, Richard, Fuqua Varina, NC. Descendants of the Connecticut Calaway and Family Album by Merle Leland Calaway.

Callaway, Russell. Concord, N. C. Callaway Family genealogical research notes.

Cleveland, Chris. LaGrange Bank Note Two Dollar, 1853 (Digital Image).

Cook, Earl Pope, Jr. , Juno Beach, FL. 1908 LaGrange Reporter, and genealogy notes and records.

Flournoy, Evalene. Elijah Kelley (Digital images).

Green, Owen. Dalton, GA. WWII WAVES Uniform, c.1942-1945.

Horvath, Louise. Mountville School documents, 19371939; Mountville Methodist Church documents, 1945, 1961-1969; The Rosary yearbook from Rosemont High School, 1945; and Milledgeville School photograph.

Jacks, Vicki. LaGrange High School football program, 1980.

LaGrange Symphony Orchestra.  Horace King Unabridged, 2011 (digital recording on DVD).

Pike, Todd. Hogansville High School Sports Hall of Fame update, through 2011.

Redwine, Gwen. Black Family Research: Records of Post-Civil War Federal Agencies at the National Archives, and Research in the Land Entry File of the General Land Office.

Richter, H. Pope. World War II era Japanese Samurai sword and Japanese bayonet.

Rowe, Sarah Carris, Columbus, GA.  1934 Wetmore Trophy belonging to her father, John Carris Rowe, Jr.

Schuyler, John J., Newnan, GA. Officer’s Sabre, 1966 of Col. Schuyler.

R. J. Taylor, Jr., Foundation.  Henry County Georgia Marriage Records, 1851-1900; Henry County land Records, 1839-1851; Old Campbell County, Georgia Land Records 1828-1854; Some Georgia County Records, Volumes 1 and 2; and Twentieth Century Henry County, Georgia.

The estate of Mrs. J. Edward Traylor, Jr.  Survey tool.

Turner, Freda R. Georgia Salt Lists;  McDonough City Cemetery, Henry County, Georgia;  Vice, Coleman. Eagle 102.3 T-shirt Wadsworth, Jennie.  Insurance advertising calendar, 1912.

Wolf, Brent. Chero-Cola bottle, c1915, and Chevrolet Plaque, c1960.

Wheels of Change Sponsor Needed

Legacy Museum needs a sponsor for the Wheels of Change permanent exhibit. Sponsorship will cover the cost of the beautiful Wheels sculpture by artist Richard Hill. The granite wheel represents the future while the nearby wagon wheel and grist wheel represent the past and other exhibits represent the present. For more information, contact Kaye Minchew at (706)884-1828.

Special Thanks

Special thanks are due our dedicated volunteers assisting at the museum desk at the front door and also other tasks in the Museum and the Archives.  The following volunteers all worked between  50 and 113 hours in 2011:
LeGail West
Dewey McKenzie
Joanna Baxter
Alex Channell
Jack Grady
Elizabeth Ellis
Rachel Worrell
Having these volunteers is extremely helpful and we are most appreciative . If you have time to help, please call us at 706-884-1828.

Document Spotlight

This extremely rare 1855 LaGrange Bank note was for sale on E-Bay in Winter, 2011. Archives Director Kaye Minchew purchase the bill and donated it to the Archives.  Ironically two other 1850s bills from other sellers also sold this Winter.