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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

September 16, 2023, 9:30-11am

Interview With a War Hero: Col. George Miserondino, USMC (retired) will discuss his personal interview with World War II veteran Harold “Pappy” Wagner who, during his service in the Pacific in 1945, fought in the bloody Battle of Iwo Jima and witnessed the raising of the flag on Mt. Suribachi.

To be held at the Donaldson-Bannister Farm (4831 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338).  Saturday, July 15, 2023 / 9:30-11am

No reservations required. Donations (cash or card) accepted at the door.

Thanks to a generous donation from Starbucks at Georgetown, coffee and pastries will be served at this event.


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.