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

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 – May 15, 2021, 9:30-11am

Fighting Fascism with Film

This presentation, “Fighting Fascism with Film”, will detail how American film makers used both documentaries and feature films from 1941 to 1945 to support the war effort. The program will feature clips from movies such as Mrs. Miniver, Casablanca, and They Were Expendable as well as clips from documentaries made by Hollywood directors such as John Ford and Frank Capra.

John Thomas (Tom) Scott is a Professor of History at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. He specializes in early American history, particularly the history of Trustee Georgia (1732-1752). His recently published book, The Wesley’s and the Anglican Mission of Georgia, 1735-1738 (Lehigh Press), details the experiences of the Wesley brothers and other Anglican missioners to the colony, focusing on the personal relationships that shaped their efforts. His course offerings at Mercer include American Film as Art and History, in which he helps students see how films work both as art forms and as historical documents.

To be held at the Donaldson-Bannister Farm (4831 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338) outside under our tent covering the barn patio.  Saturday, May 15, 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.