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Do You Remember? Thomasville Eateries November 7, 2021, Recorded at the Thomasville History Center

Thomasville remembers its favorite eateries. Featuring restauranteurs George Mathes and Danilo Pistelli. 

The Edible South Lecture September 20, 2021,Presented by Dr. Marcie Cohen Ferris

Where do southern food traditions come from? 

For over forty years, Marcie has studied, documented, interpreted, exhibited, taught, and written about the South, largely through its foodways, material culture, and the southern Jewish experience. She’s committed to fostering the creative economies of a diverse, equitable, vibrant region. Currently, Ferris serves on the board of directors for Feast Downeast, whose food hub and mobile farmers’ markets are helping to build to a healthy, accessible local food system in southeastern North Carolina. She resides in Chapel Hill with her husband, folklorist and Southern Studies scholar, Bill Ferris, and their two badly behaved Labrador Retrievers. 

Sips & Slides of March Lecture March 30, 2021,Presented by Rick Van Noy

Not to be confused with the popular lawn toy invented in the 1960s, “The Sips & Slides of March” are our 2021 take on a decades-long Thomasville History Center tradition. 

The virtual lecture was presented by Rick Van Noy, of Radford University. Rick is the author of Sudden Spring: Stories of Adaptation in a Climate Changed South. Published in 2019, Sudden Spring was named one of Book Riot’s best environmental books for readers who want to save the planet.

Sudden Spring is a “call to action” to slow the current trends in environmental impact by highlighting the human side of climate change in the South. Van Noy will explore the efforts southern communities are making to become more “climate-resilient” and how they’re facing environmental challenges.

Rick Van Noy teaches courses in the environmental humanities, creative nonfiction, professional writing, and American literature.

Sips & Slides of March Lecture March 16, 2021

A virtual lecture presented by Beth Grant of the Friends of Lost Creek Forest. Lost Creek Forest is an ancient hardwood slope forest at the Thomasville airport. Never significantly disturbed, it has continued growing in its natural state for many thousands of years. Our community is blessed to have such a remarkable and rare remnant of our natural heritage, a place for education, research, and recreation for people from throughout the region. Beth Grant is a retired mental health counselor and educator. In a very active retirement, she has been a leader of Friends of Lost Creek Forest, Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve, and Cherokee Pollinator Garden, as well as teaching many classes on the essential role of native plants.

Archaeology with Anne March 2021

Learn more about the process of archaeology from our resident archaeologist! 

Follow these step by step instructions to create your own no-sew fabric ornaments for your holiday decor. 

History of Glen Arven Country Club February 2007

Presented by Sid Matthew, author of Centennial History of Glen Arven, Thomas County Historical Society Annual Meeting held on February 4, 2007.

From Morning Until Night December 2011

Lecture presented at the Thomasville History Center in honor of the opening of the traveling exhibit, “From Morning Until Night,” December 2011. Speaker is Dr. Jennifer Koslow, Florida State University

The Archaeology of Thomasville's Civil War POW Site March 2016

Enjoy this replay of the March 2016 lecture presented by Kha McDonald, SEAC, and Suzi Goodhope regarding their efforts to learn more about Thomasville’s POW camp site. 

When Jefferson Dined Alone January 30, 2005

The Thomasville History Center has taken another dive into our archives for Stan Deaton’s “When Jefferson Dined Alone,” presented at the Thomas County Historical Society on January 30, 2005. Dr. Stan Deaton is the Senior Historian and the Dr. Elaine B. Andrews Distinguished Historian at the Georgia Historical Society in Savannah, Georgia where he has been on staff since 1998.

The Art of Managing Southern Longleaf February 28, 2010

Presented at the Thomas County Historical Society on February 28, 2010, as a part of the annual Spring Lecture Series. The program features Leon Neel, Albert G. Way, and Paul S. Sutter. The program is based on the book, “The Art of Managing Southern Longleaf: A Personal History of the Stoddard-Neel Approach.”

Do You Remember? The Follies, Live Stream February 4, 2020

A community conversation held February 4, 2020, about the more than four decades-long traditions of the Thomasville Junior Service League Follies. The discussion featured memories by past JSL presidents, Follies performers, and community members. The Thomasville History Center is grateful for the participation of our esteemed panel, Dr. Robin Wise, Kathy Cable, Fran Milberg, and Janice Faircloth, as well as our moderator, Mariam Mirabzadeh.

Do You Remember? The Follies February 4, 2020

The Junior Service League of Thomasville, first known as the Junior Women’s Club or Junior Club, was established in 1932 as a social and charitable club for young women. In 1947, the Junior Club, soon after renamed the Junior Service League, staged a variety show fundraiser called “The Follies” to support its charitable projects. The Follies continued to entertain the Thomasville community for more than four decades. 

Images from the Ed Kelly Collection & Thomasville History Center Collection.

Author Talk & Signing Things New & Strange: A Southerner's Journey Through the Smithsonian Collections by G. Wayne Clough,vJanuary 16, 2020

Secretary Emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution G. Wayne Clough 

Released in May 2019 by the University of Georgia Press, Things New & Strange chronicles Clough’s investigation into the Smithsonian’s collections for connections to South Georgia following his retirement. The objects and documents he encountered reflect important aspects of southern culture and history, document the evolution of the region over time, and led to reminiscences of his youth in South Georgia. Proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit the Smithsonian Institution.

2020 Annual Meeting Museums vs. Mother Nature by Paula Williams

Paula Williams, the recently retired Executive Director of the Albany Museum of Art, shared her experiences in leading the recovery and reconstruction efforts her institution faced following two devastating tornadoes in January 2017 and Hurricane Michael in October 2018. The program explored how museums and cultural institutions prepare for and react to the unimaginable. 

2019 Year In Review

A look back at the History Center’s programs, events, and accomplishments in 2019

Enjoy a look back at the Lapham-Patterson House’s evolution from private home to historic house museum. Photographs are from the collections of the Thomasville History Center. 

The History Center, in partnership with the state of Georgia, also operates the historic Lapham-Patterson House. 

Do You Remember? The Ritz Theatre, Conversation Recorded February 5, 2019 at the Jack Hadley Black History Museum

Do You Remember? The Ritz Theatre is a continuation of our popular panel conversation format piloted in 2018; this edition focuses on the Ritz Theatre. The Ritz Theatre was operated by Interstate Enterprises, which managed several theaters in the region such as the Rose Theatre, The Mode, and more. The Ritz Theatre served African-American community members during the era of segregation and operated from the mid-1930’s until the late 1970s. Like the other Interstate theaters, the Ritz was given a name containing only four letters. The Ritz often showed second run films, repeating releases from years prior, and thrillers. The Ritz was demolished around 1980 and today, the location of the former theater hosts the City’s amphitheater, which is named in honor of the theatre.

Do You Remember? Sunnyland Annual Meeting, January 27, 2019

Do You Remember? Sunnyland is a continuation of our popular panel conversation format piloted in 2018; this edition will focus on the operations and evolution of Sunnyland Meat Packing Co., which was a major employer in the Thomasville and Thomas County community for several decades. Locally owned and operated by members of the Roberts, and later, the Harvard families, Sunnyland’s impact on the community was widespread.

2018 Year in Review

We invite you to take a moment to look back at 2018 and join us in celebrating all that we accomplished.

Do You Remember? The Interstate Enterprises Theaters The Rose, Mode, HIWA, Ritz, and more

A look back at the Interstate Enterprise theaters in south Georgia. Images and artifacts from the collections of the Thomasville History Center. 

Do You Remember? The Interstate Enterprises Theaters The Rose, Mode, HIWA, Ritz, and more

Do You Remember? The Interstate Enterprises Theaters The Rose, Mode, HIWA, Ritz, and more

Panel discussion held on September 25, 2018 featuring Barbara Clinebell, Alice Dickey, and Gary Westberry at the Thomasville History Center. 

Do You Remember? The Rose Show, Panel

Panel discussion held on April 27, 2018 in honor of the Rose Show & Festival featuring Rose Queen 1949 Jane Jay Still, Rose Queen 1958 Celia Chesnut Lockerman, Ruth Willett, Paul Hjort, and Tom Faircloth at the Thomasville History Center. 

Do You Remember? The Rose Show

Slideshow of past Rose Show parades, blooms, and pageants.

Thomasville, City of Roses

Promotional video of Thomasville, Georgia. Produced and directed by Don Parrisher.  1951.

Where the Roses Reign

Promotional video for Thomasville, Georgia. Produced and directed by John King, Jr.  1963.

Thomasville Horse & Goat Show, 1935

Video of a horse and goat show in Thomasville, Georgia in 1935. Unknown production credits.  1935.

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