DPT brings History Alive

DPT began the History Alive program in 2013 to bring opportunities for history education to the community. History Alive highlights the history of Dunwoody and the surrounding area, but also presents general history topics. Come and experience events, speakers, feature tours of homes or local cemeteries, or a church singing.

Join us for our next History Alive Presentation on Saturday, September 21st, 9:30-11:00am at the Donaldson-Bannister Farm (4831 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road – the parking lot entrance is located on Vermack Road) and learn about: 

Pioneer Life 101-Insiders Look to Kitchen Gardens, Cooking, and Everyday Life as A Homesteader

Program Overview:  Katie Hendrickson will be presenting a Living History- style program covering topics related to managing a pioneer home and kitchen garden. Cooking was a major part of each day. Early settlers raised their own meat, kept bees, and managed hens for eggs. Large gardens yielded vegetables, fruit, and herbs for canning, pickling, and drying. Root cellars stored potatoes, carrots, and onions. Milk was separated into cream for butter and baking. Ms. Hendrickson will discuss the role of authentic antique kitchen tools and cooking methods; including wooden coffee grinder, handmade tin cookie cutters, hand crank egg beaters, drying techniques and Dutch oven cooking.  Her presentation will explore the use of medicinal herbs and the important role insects had to the early settlers of the area.

Katie Hendrickson

For over 30 years, professional trainer and educator Katie Hendrickson has been leading engaging workshops and classes. She is a certified Master Gardener, Beekeeper and Outdoor education specialist. Katie’s passion for historic preservation and environmental awareness expanded her interest for Vintage Gardening, Pioneer Cooking, and native birds. Active in Girl scouting for over 4 decades; Katie has trained hundreds of leaders and girls in outdoor skills and is a champion for encouraging everyone to become ambassadors for the natural environment. Ms. Hendrickson’s professional experience as a Regional Marketing Manager and Toastmaster gives her the skills to connect with a wide variety of audiences.

$3 for DPT Members / $5 for non-DPT Members

Upcoming History Alive Presentations:


Saturday, November 9th, 9:30-11am (Part of Apple Cider Days)

Step Back in Time: Embark on New Life Journeys, Frontier Dunwoody – Chryse Wayman and Kris Turnbull

Program Overview:  In conjunction with Apple Cider Days, History Alive presents Chryse Wayman and Kris Turnbull. Sit back as they guide you back in time with a glimpse in to the families that settled the area.  These pioneer families faced many unexpected challenges and endured tremendous difficulties. In the end, despite their challenges and responsibilities, one can only conclude that they were incredible in how determined they were to not only make-do, but also to extraordinarily influence their societies in what we now know as Dunwoody.

Chryse Wayman     Chris Turnbull

Saturday, January 18, 2020, 9:30-11:00am

The Holocaust (1933-1945), as well as stories of children who were victims and survivors of the Nazi regime.

Program Overview: This 60-minute lecture will feature a broad overview of the Holocaust (1933-1945) as well as stories of children who were victims and survivors of the Nazi regime. Additionally, the program will feature clips from the museum’s Legacy Series, Oral History Program.

  Andrea Miskewicz, MHP

Andrea Miskewicz is an educator, historian, and presenter. Her undergraduate degrees in education and history are from Marquette University, and she received her Master’s Degree in Heritage Preservation from Georgia State University. She is currently the Onsite Education & Docent Coordinator for the Museum of History and Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State University where she is also pursuing her doctoral degree. She is a member of the Cobb Education Consortium and the Atlanta Cultural Educators.

Saturday, March 21st, 2020, 9:30-11:00am

“The primitive skills, crafts, foods and medicines of the Cherokee in the north Georgia mountains”

Program Overview: This 60-minute lecture will feature a broad overview of how the Cherokees lived in the hills of North Georgia and their relationship with the plants they used for foods, medicines, and craft materials. Mr. Warren will also discuss how the land shaped his tribe along with how we today can benefit from this knowledge.

  Mark Warren

Mark Warren operates Medicine Bow Wilderness School near Dahlonega, GA. He has taught survival courses to hundreds of schools and groups all over the nation. The National Wildlife Federation honored him as Georgia’s Conservation Educator of the Year in 1980. In 1998 Mark became the U.S. National Champion in whitewater canoeing. In 1999, he won the World Championship Longbow title. His four-volume series, Secrets of the Forest, will be available for purchase at his presentation.



Dunwoody residents share their memories of experiences in Dunwoody Elementary in the 1930s:

Video of All Aboard! Presented by Clarke Otten at the Donaldson-Bannister Farm

See a sample of what we can do?  All Aboard!  Take a trip back in time, climb on the engine “Old Buck”.  Ride the Roswell Railroad as DPT presents noteworthy historian Clarke Otten.  Click on the arrow below to view the video of Clarke’s presentation at the Donaldson-Bannister Farm, presented in 2016!

To see the upcoming schedule for HistoryAlive please check our Events Calendar.

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