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Kennesaw Mountain – Beyond the War

This presentation covers Kennesaw Mountain from the Native Americans to the present day, with the exception of the Civil War. Learn about planned statues, plane crashes, and secret bunkers in the presentation.

A postcard of the Mountain, circa 1970

History of the City of Kennesaw

Learn about the City of Kennesaw from the first settlers to the Great Locomotive Chase, and from the influential people of the city to the history of the major city parks.

An early view of Kennnesaw

Why We Say What We Say

Have you ever wondered why we say “raining cats and dogs”, or why people like to ride shotgun? Have you ever wondered why it’s called Bluetooth or Google? Learn about all this and more in this lecture.

Almost States

You may have heard of Franklin or the Republic of West Florida. But have you ever heard of Absaroka, Jefferson, or Delmarva? Come learn about over 30 different proposals that would have made the United States look just a bit different.

This map could have ended up a bit different…

And Now For a Brief Message……..

Do you remember Mikey and his cereal? You might remember “Where’s the Beef” or “Please don’t squeeze the Charmin”. Come learn about the history of some of the most memorable TV commercials ever. After telling about their history, the commercials will be shown on the screen.

The commercials above and many more will be discussed

People of the Kennesaw City Cemetery

Learn about some of the individuals in the City Cemetery. This presentation covers Veterans, Mayors, Children, Postmasters, and Railroad Workers.

Lucius Summers – The First Burial in the Cemetery

John H. Towers

Learn about Admiral John Towers, the pioneering naval aviator from Rome. Towers commanded the first transatlantic flight in 1919, and is probably best remembered for his attack on Pearl Harbor in the war games in February of 1932. Come learn about this fascinating man and his accomplishments.

Admiral John H. Towers

Forgotten Parks

Learn about former units of the National Park service, like New Echota Marker National Historic Site, Mackinac Island National Park, and Oklahoma City National Memorial

Arch Rock, Mackinac National Park

The Kings of Covered Bridges

While a slave, Horace King and his owner were prominent covered bridge builders in the South. Freed before the Civil War, King and his sons formed a business that worked to build a better Georgia.

Red Oak Creek Covered Bridge, Built by Horace King in 1840

Hello, My Name Is…..

You may know Button Gwinnett, but do you know Dionysius Crandell Oliver or Tugalo Harvie Risner? This presentation covers politicians from Georgia with unusual names

Seal of the State of Georgia

Georgia Baseball Stories

Learn fascinating, sometimes strange, stories of Georgia’s long history with America’s pastime. Hear about the early teams, the strange coincidences, and the best players.

Ponce de Leon “Poncey” Park

A History of our Christmas Traditions

We all know Santa, Christmas trees, and Rudolph, but do we know where they came from? Learn where these and other classic Christmas traditions originated.

The First Christmas Card

Georgia in Flight

Since the Wright Brothers countless Georgians have taken to the skies. This presentation shares the stories of notable pilots and innovators from the Peach State.

Candler Field, Atlanta

The Three Governors Controversy

In 1947, three men claimed to be the true Governor of Georgia. This presentation shares the story of this unique event and the people intimately involved in the controversy.

Herman Talmadge’s Oath of Office

Presentation Series

The following presentations can be either stand-alone presentations or a series.

Trivia in Chief

This series of presentations is about interesting trivia about our presidents, from our nation’s founding to the 20th century. 

The US Presidents: Washington through McKinley

Overlooked History

These presentations focus on interesting stories from history that have been largely forgotten. Learn about national heroes, presidential assassinations, and forward thinking pioneers.

World Map by Monte Urbano

Overlooked History of Georgia

Like Overlooked History, these presentations focus on interesting stories from the Peach State. Topics include a proposed colony before Georgia, a famous railroad death, and a time capsule.

The Georgia Capitol Building

A History of the Georgia State Parks

These presentations share the story of each of the Georgia State Parks. From Native American treaties to a gold rush and homes of notable figures, these series also covers many unique stories from out states history.

Savannah in 1734

Georgia’s Parks of the Past

Georgia is home today to 60+ state parks and historic sites, but there are also over 40 sites which used to be part of the state parks system. These presentations share their story.

Covington in the 1800s

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