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This spring, the Thomasville History Center invites you to join us as we share some fascinating information about some of our more most engaging collections. At our “ Slides of March,” lecture series we will share what we’ve learned about our collections as we continue to dig deeper into our most valuable assets. This process of deep historical research is something we’ve been working on as part of our Interpretive Plan development and we can’t wait to share it with you.
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.