This spring, the Thomasville History Center invites you to engage your curiosity at “The Slides of March,” our annual lecture series and learn more about “The Stories We Tell.” The Thomasville History Center is always digging deeper into our collections and learning as much as we can about the stories we have to share. Whether it be about our collections, historic buildings, or the community at large. This year’s lecture series will highlight subjects that have long been a part of the History Center’s story that we continue to research.
Presented by History Center Curator, Ephraim Rotter, “The Cutler Collection: What We Know Now” will be the first lecture in our two-part series. Offered on March 5, this program will discuss the extensive Cutler Collection, its archival materials, portraits, and more relating to the life and career of Hazel Beamer (Cutler) who danced on Broadway in the 1920s, her family, and friends: artists Ben Ali Haggin, Candace Wheeler, and Dora Wheeler Keith. Ephraim Rotter has been Curator of the History Center since 2007. He serves on the Thomasville Historic Preservation Commission, and as the Vice President of the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries.
On March 19, Meme Hand will present the second lecture, “Keeping up With the Smiths.” In this program, you will be introduced to recent discoveries about the Smith family and their homestead in relation to previous understandings. Hand will explain the influence of technology in facilitating her research. Meme Hand is a first year student in Florida State University’s Museum & Cultural Heritage Masters Program and works part time at the Thomasville History Center learning the ropes of museum work. The Georgia Association of Museums & Galleries recently awarded her the Student Project Award for her work on the Smith Family Homestead.
Both lectures will begin at 7:30pm at the Thomasville History Center located at 725 N. Dawson Street. These programs are presented free of charge and are open to all. General parking is available on Dawson Street and accessible parking is available in the lot located at the end of the History Center’s driveway.
The Thomasville History Center was formed in 1952 and opened a museum within the Flowers-Roberts House in 1972. Since 1972, the Thomasville History Center’s collections have grown to include more than 500,000 artifacts and archival materials and eight historic structures. The History Center, in partnership with the state of Georgia, also operates the historic Lapham-Patterson House. Our board, staff, and growing membership invite you to join us in our dedication to ensuring that the appreciation of our unique history remains an intrinsic and unbroken thread connecting the past and future through settings that advance our story.
Find us on Instagram and Facebook using @thomasvillehistory to follow our daily updates on current programs, research projects, and images from our photographic archives. For more information, please visit www.thomasvillehistory.org or call 229-226-7664.
Additional Programs Presented by the Thomasville History Center:
- March 8: International Women’s Day Digital Series (online only: Facebook & Instagram) Learn about some of the community’s most remarkable women & their contributions.
- March 9: Hand-Crafted: A Free Drop-In Program, 10am-Noon. Thomasville History Center. Bring your current project & enjoy company and conversation with other crafters!
- March 20: A Salute to Spring, Equinox celebration at the Lapham-Patterson House, 626 N. Dawson St., 3:30pm-5:30pm, Free admission,
- March 28: Roots & Branches: A Genealogy Workshop presented in partnership by the Thomasville History Center & the Thomasville Genealogical Library. Program to be presented at the Genealogical Library, 2pm-4pm, Free, Advanced registration required. Register: thomasvillehistory.org. Learn how to research the branches of your family tree and how to use local resources.