History Alive Brings History To Life

Since 2013, through History Alive, we’ve brought to life the history of Dunwoody and our surrounding community through speakers and workshops on a range of interesting topics – from how to trace your family genealogy to the story of the little train that once ran in front of the Donaldson-Bannister Farm. Through History Alive, we also offer tours of Dunwoody’s historic cemeteries, where some of Dunwoody’s earliest settlers are laid to rest, and participation in a variety of events related to historical traditions.

2020 Programs:

  • February 1st – Children of the Holocaust, Speaker Andrea Miskewicz
  • March 21st – Rescheduled to October 10th – The Ancient Ways of the Cherokee and how we can use them today, Speaker Mark Warren
  • May 16th – Will be Rescheduled – Historic Rural Churches of Georgia – Beacons of Another Time, Speaker Sonny Seals
  • July 18th – The Winston Churchill You Never Knew, Speaker Joe Wilson
  • September 19th – Will be Rescheduled – My Dad, the Man who Carved Stone Mountain, Speaker Donna Faulkner Barron
  • October 10th – The Ancient Ways of the Cherokee and how we can use them today, Speaker Mark Warren
  • November 21st – Underwater Ghost Towns of North Georgia: the Story behind the Story, Speaker Lisa Russell

Recent History Alive topics:

  • How to trace your family genealogy
  • The women of the Civil War
  • Songs of the Civil War
  • The Roswell Mill
  • The “Dinky” and the Roswell Railroad

Recent History Alive events:

  • Tours of the New Hope and Stephen Martin cemeteries
  • Sacred harp singing at Ebenezer Primitive Baptist Church, Dunwoody’s oldest church
  • DPT Antiques Roadshow, at which people’s antique treasures were appraised

Follow our events calendar for the schedule of our next History Alive topics.

History Alive – November 21, 2020

Underwater Ghost Towns of North Georgia: The Story Behind the Story

Underneath the more than 40 lakes throughout North Georgia lie lost communities, crossroads, racetracks and event entire towns. In Underwater Ghost Towns of North Georgia, Lisa Russell explores the reasons why these lakes were made and the stories behind the underwater settlements, where towns and farms once thrived.

At the Donaldson-Bannister Farm, 4831 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, November 21, 9:30-11:00 am.

$5 for DPT members. $10 for non DPT members.  Limited seating, maximum 50. (We will be meeting under the tent located by the barns so that we can meet social distancing requirements.)

Lisa Russell supports regional historical and archaelogy societies as a member of the Society of Georgia Archaeology, Bartow History Museum, Etoway Valley Historical Society, Whitfield-Murray Historical Society, and the Cherokee County Historical Society.

Russel earned her Master of Arts degree in professional writing fro Kennesaw State University and now teaches English full-time at Georgia Northwestern Technical College.  She is also a part-time professor of communication at Kennesaw State University.


Do you have special historical expertise you’d like to share? We’d love for you to be a speaker at one of our History Alive presentations.