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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.

2023 Programs:

  • January 21 – “The Intelligence Game” with Speaker Franklin Adler
  • March 18 – “Georgia’s Covered Bridges” with speaker Lisa Russell
  • May 20 – “When Atlanta Took the Train” with speaker Lloyd Neal
  • July 15 – “Marietta National Cemetery” with speaker Brad Quinlin
  • September 16 – “Interview with a War Hero” with Speaker Col. George Miserondino, USMC
  • November 18 – “Kennesaw: One Last Mountain” with Speaker Brad Quinlin

Recent History Alive topics:

  • History and the Holocaust
  • Two Very Different Vietnam Combat Tours
  • My Diverse Experiences in the FBI
  • Marriage in Georgia: Love or Money?
  • Atlanta From Below: Exploring the History of Underground and the Railroad Gulch
  • 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

March 18, 2023, 9:30-11am

“Georgia’s Covered Bridges”

Lisa M. Russell is a writer, instructor, and academic assistant dean. She writes micro-history books about “lost things.” She has guested on several local television/radio programs and podcasts, including the History Channel. She is a speaker and delivered a Ted Talk about historic preservation. Russell earned her master of arts degree in professional writing (MAPW) from Kennesaw State University. In 2020, she received the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Lisa teaches English full-time at Georgia Northwestern Technical College and serves as the assistant dean of English. She is a part-time professor of communication at Kennesaw State University. In her spare time, you can find Lisa exploring North Georgia with her micro-historic lens to discover her next “lost story.”
Her books:
“Lost Towns of North Georgia”
“Underwater Ghost Towns”
“Lost Mill Towns of North Georgia”
“Lost Mills of Fulton County” (March 13, 2023)
“Covered Bridges of Georgia” (Fall 2023)

To be held at the Donaldson-Bannister Farm (4831 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338).  Saturday, March 18, 2023 / 9:30-11am

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.