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.

2022 Programs:

  • January 15 – “Atlanta From Below: Exploring the History of Underground and the Railroad Gulch” with Speaker Jeffrey Morrison
  • March 19 – “Marriage in Georgia: Love or Money?” with speaker Dr. Wendell Broadwell
  • May 21 – “My Diverse Experiences in the FBI” with speaker Tom Simon
  • July 16 – “Two Very Different Vietnam Combat Tours” with speaker Carl “Skip” Bell
  • September 17 – TBD
  • November 19 – TBD

Recent History Alive topics:

  • The Cherokees of Southern Appalachia
  • Secret Atlanta: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure
  • Beyond Vietnam: MLK and the Vietnam War
  • Fighting Fascism with Film
  • A Short History of Barbeque in America
  • A Salute to the Life of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Underwater Ghost Towns of North Georgia
  • The Ancient Ways of the Cherokee
  • Children of the Holocaust

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 – May 21, 2022, 9:30-11am

Did you know that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) began in the Fiscal Year 1936? And was headquartered in the Department of Justice Building at 9th and Pennsylvania Avenue until the 1970’s and that J. Edgar Hoover was the director until his death in 1972? Tom Simon, a Former Special Agent of the FBI, will discuss his personal experiences in his career in the FBI. Join us as Tom takes a historical perspective on his journey into the world of intelligence.

Tom Simon is a member of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI. He is also affiliated with several non-profit/charitable organizations such as St. Joseph’s Cancer Survivors Network, Knights of Columbus, United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, and the All Saints Men’s Club.

Tom currently volunteers helping cancer survivors through support groups specifically aiding, supporting and guiding through the maze of cancer treatments and clinical trials; as well as participating in fundraising efforts for numerous charitable organizations. Tom has been President of The Lung Cancer Caring Ambassadors Program, President of the St. Joseph’s Cancer Survivors Network (CSN), FDA Patient Representative/Consultant and Member of the FDA Oncology Drug advisory Committee and FDA Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee

To be held at the Donaldson-Bannister Farm (4831 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338).  Saturday, May 21, 2022 / 9:30-11am

$5 for DPT members. $10 for non DPT members. No reservations required.


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.