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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.

2022 Programs:

  • January 15 – “Atlanta From Below: Exploring the History of Underground and the Railroad Gulch” with Speaker Jeffrey Morrison
  • March 19 – “Marriage in Georgia: Love or Money?” with speaker Dr. Wendell Broadwell
  • May 21 – “My Diverse Experiences in the FBI” with speaker Tom Simon
  • July 16 – “Two Very Different Vietnam Combat Tours” with speaker Carl “Skip” Bell
  • September 17 – “History and the Holocaust” with Speaker Brendan Murphy
  • November 19 – TBD

Recent History Alive topics:

  • 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 17, 2022, 9:30-11am

History and the Holocaust

A graduate of St. Pius High School and Notre Dame University, Murphy began teaching history at Marist in 1994. In 2016, Murphy was named Distinguished Educator of the Year by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust for his World History and Holocaust seminar titled “Bearing Witness,”. He also was awarded the 2017 Anti-Defamation League Abe Goldstein Human Relations Award and the recipient of Marist School’s Rebecca Cox McKinley Humanities and Global Education Grant.

Join us as Mr. Murphy takes us on a journey through history as he discusses one of the most significant events of the 20th Century, the Holocaust, during which the Nazis murdered approximately 6 million Jews – two-thirds of the entire Jewish population of Europe. What is the source of anti-Semitism and “Why the Jews”? Why did the Holocaust happen?

To be held at the Donaldson-Bannister Farm (4831 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338).  Saturday, September 17, 2022 / 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.