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Ed Kelly Collection: Sadie Gibson, Douglass High School French teacher, 1970; Sadie Gibson was featured as a part of last year’s International Women’s Day observation on Facebook and Instagram.

This spring, the Thomasville History Center is exploring “The Stories We Tell” with our annual Slides of March Lecture Series as well as a special digital series on our Facebook and Instagram pages found at @thomasvillehistory. For the third year, the History Center is observing International Women’s Day by sharing the stories of remarkable Thomasville and Thomas County women though a digital series we are calling “HerStory”; some of the women’s stories may be familiar, some may not. In either case, the History Center encourages you to follow along over the course of the day on Friday, March 8 as we expand the stories we tell to include their stories.

In recent years, we have featured such notable Thomasville and Thomas County citizens as professional golfer Mary Lena Faulk, educator Sadie Gibson, and hotelier Margaret Bower who managed the Piney Woods and Mitchell House Hotels during Thomasville’s Resort Era. It is our goal to recognize women from all backgrounds and their public and private contributions to our community.

International Women’s Day, observed on March 8, is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women’s Day has occurred for well over a century, with the first gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. To learn more about International Women’s Day and its efforts, visit

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 or call 229-226-7664.

Additional Programs Presented by the Thomasville History Center:

  • March 5: Slides of March Lecture Series, “The Cutler Collection: What We Know Now,” 7:30pm, Free & Open to All
  • 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 19: Slides of March Lecture Series, “Keeping Up With the Smiths,” 7:30pm, Free & Open to All
  • 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: Learn how to research the branches of your family tree and how to use local resources.


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