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.

2021 Programs:

  • January 16th – “A Salute to the Life of Martin Luther King Jr.”
  • March 20th – “A Short History of Barbecue in America”, Speaker Jim Auchmutey
  • May 15th – “Fighting Fascism with Film”, Speaker John Thomas (Tom) Scott, Ph.D.
  • July 17th – “Beyond Vietnam: MLK and the Vietnam War”, Speaker Doug Thompson
  • September 18th – “Secret Atlanta: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure”, Speaker Jonah McDonald
  • November 20th – “The Cherokees of Southern Appalachia: A talk and show-&-tell”, Speaker Mark Warren

2022 Programs:

  • January 15th – “Atlanta Underground: History from Below”, Speaker Jeffrey Morrison

Recent History Alive topics:

  • Underwater Ghost Towns of North Georgia
  • The Ancient Ways of the Cherokee
  • Children of the Holocaust
  • How to trace your family genealogy
  • 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 20, 2021, 9:30-11am

The Cherokees of Southern Appalachia

Join us as Mark Warren reveals how the land of Southern Appalachia dictated the culture of the Cherokees. The mountains, the plants, the animals, and the stone all played their parts. The daily life of this tribe was guided by an intimacy and reverence for nature that our present culture has not tried to emulate. The result of this oversight is revealed in our lack of understanding about the forest and in the careless treatment of the environment.

This program will include a great deal of show-and-tell, items brought by the presenter to share with the audience.  Learn about Cherokee crafts, weapons, hunting techniques, philosophies, religion, clothing, tools, foods, medicines, and games. The final portion of the presentation will probe the fate of the Cherokees after European encroachment. Regardless of their willingness to model their lives on white civilization and to be an ally to the young United States, these native people were driven from their homeland along the infamous Trail of Tears, one of the most shameful chapters of American history.

Mark Warren, owner of Medicine Bow Wilderness School in Dahlonega, GA has been teaching nature and survival skills of the Cherokee and Muscogee tribes to adults and children for more than 45 years.

To be held at the Donaldson-Bannister Farm (4831 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338).  Saturday, November 20, 2021 / 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.