Out of an abundance of caution, and with the health and safety of our guests, members, and staff in mind, we will be suspending all public programming and activities beginning March 14 and lasting until March 31. This includes scheduled lectures, drop-in events, and workshops as well as field trips and daily tours at both the Lapham-Patterson House and the Thomasville History Center.

We invite you to stay tuned to our social media, @thomasvillehistory, for continued updates on when normal operations will resume and for rescheduled dates of programs when possible. For more information, please contact us at 229-226-7664.

Out of an abundance of caution, and with the health and safety of our guests, members, and staff in mind, we will be suspending all public programming and activities beginning March 14 and lasting until March 31. This includes scheduled lectures, drop-in events, and workshops as well as field trips and daily tours at both the Lapham-Patterson House and the Thomasville History Center.

We invite you to stay tuned to our social media, @thomasvillehistory, for continued updates on when normal operations will resume and for rescheduled dates of programs when possible. We will continue to post our daily photos from the archives and staff will be onsite. Please call us at 229-226-7664 for more information.

Bring your “Trusty Sidekicks” along for a special walking tour on Saturday, April 25 (1pm-3pm) through the Dawson Street Historic District.

The walk will end with a gathering in the History Center’s backyard. This program is open to “Trusty Sidekick” pet members for free, and to the public (pets and humans) for $12 per family. Reservations required. More details to come!

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Sign your furry (or scaly) friend up as a pet member at the “Trusty Sidekick” level ($10) or the “Stay at Home Pal” ($5) level. Purchase a pet membership today!

The Thomasville History Center is celebrating the 99th Annual Rose Show & Festival with a special edition of the popular “Do You Remember?” community conversation program on Thursday, April 23, at 10am.

Part viewing party part conversation, the program will feature footage from early Rose Festival Parades that were recently digitized as a part of a 2019 Digital Library of Georgia Grant. Though silent, the films convey the community’s excitement for the first several parades and the growth of the event in the 1960s. The film footage was donated to the History Center by Joe May in 2005.

The program will begin at 10am at the Thomasville History Center located at 725 N. Dawson Street. The program is presented free of charge and is 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.

Calling all crafters! Hone your basket-weaving skills or attempt a new challenge at the Thomasville History Center’s Hands-On Heritage Workshop: Double Bottom Baskets on Saturday, March 21 from 10am until 3pm. Under the guidance of Leslie Johnson, intermediate level crafters will design and create a double bottom basket using two different tones and widths of reed. This method of construction layers two woven bases for a sturdy bottom and features two colors of reed, a dark and a light. First offered in 2018, this workshop is back by popular demand.

Registration includes all materials, snacks, and beverages. This event is open to the public as well as members of the Thomasville History Center.  The fees are $35 for current members and $40 for non-members. Space for this workshop is limited so participants are required to register in advance.  Our goal is for everyone to leave with a completed basket of his or her own design. Please arrive at the History Center by 9:50am so that we may begin promptly at 10am. The program will take place on the basement level patio. Please dress appropriately to be outdoors and for crafting: i.e. sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and bug spray. Attendees must provide their own lunch (refrigeration available).

 

All ages are invited to join us at the Lapham-Patterson House for a special weekday edition of Make History! on Thursday, March 19th for A Salute to Spring.  March 19th is the vernal equinox, a day marking the start of spring and one in which there is an equal number of day and night hours.  On this day each year, a unique phenomenon occurs on the third floor of the Lapham-Patterson House.

Science, history, and creativity collide for a unique celebration of spring’s arrival.  To view nature’s trick of light and shadow, please visit the Lapham-Patterson House between 3:30pm and 5:30pm.  The peak viewing hour for the “Equinox Effect” is between 4pm and 5pm. In addition to viewing the light show, the event will include crafts and activities based on the science of the equinox.  This event is presented at no charge and all are welcome.  The Lapham-Patterson House is located at 626 N. Dawson St.  This event will only take place if it is a clear sunny day.

On Tuesday, March 17, Professor Jessica R. Smith will share her research findings on a unique and meaningful type of southern textile that has evolved from functional items into art pieces in a program titled, Overshot:  The Political Aesthetics of Woven Textiles from the Antebellum South and Beyond. Smith’s research was conducted in partnership with fellow SCAD professor Susan Falls.  The University of Georgia Press will publish the manuscript for Overshot this March. Copies of the new publication will be available for purchase at the event.

Falls and Smith’s research explores the symbolism and artisanship of overshot coverlets and their significance to the African American experience from the antebellum period through the twentieth century.  Overshot coverlets were made from the plain un-dyed cotton warp (vertical threads) woven into repeating geometric patterns using dyed woolen weft (horizontal threads). These folk textiles required tremendous skill and creativity to produce and were items of conformity and dissent.

Jessica R. Smith is a professor of fibers at the Savannah College of Art & Design whose work has been exhibited at Design Miami, Cooper Hewitt, and the Walker Art Center. She is the author of Textiles of the Lowcountry: Charleston and Savannah-Collecting, Preserving, and Narrating.

The lecture will begin at 7:30pm at the Thomasville History Center located at 725 N. Dawson Street. The lecture is presented free of charge and is 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.

“Thomas County: 101” is the perfect introduction to the story of Thomas County history for those new to the community and a refresher for longtime community members. Explore Thomasville and Thomas County’s evolution from the antebellum plantation era to the Resort Era and beyond.
This is the first of two lectures in our “Slides of March Lecture Series” which is held annually at the History Center. This lecture will be presented by Ephraim Rotter, Curator of Collections, Thomasville History Center. This program is presented free of charge and is open to all.
The Thomasville History Center will open the multi-purpose room in the Flowers-Roberts Basement the second Saturday of each month to local crafters for our latest edition of “Hand-Crafted” a drop-in craft gathering. The drop-in sessions will be from 10am until noon and crafters are invited to bring along your current project- knitting, crochet, rug hooking, embroidery, etc- to enjoy company and conversation with your fellow hobbyists.
The gathering will take place in the Flowers-Roberts Basement. Drinks and snacks are welcome and crafters must bring along any materials or supplies they require.
This program is offered free of charge and we ask for an RSVP by email or phone in advance. To RSVP, call 229-226-7664 or email amelia@thomascountyhistory.org
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