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Marietta, GA. – The Georgia Association of Museums (GAM) is excited to announce its annual conference, April 26-28, 2021. As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues statewide, GAM is pleased to offer a hybrid experience to conference-goers, who may opt to attend in-person sessions in Statesboro, GA, or virtually using the Zoom teleconferencing platform.
“We are excited to bring our first ever hybrid conference to Statesboro,” said Matt Davis, GAM President. “Statesboro has helped create a great program with wonderful evening events and sessions, museums to visit, and protocols in place to keep all members safe. I look forward to seeing everyone, either virtually or in person, in April.”
Building on the success of GAM’s 2019 and 2020 conferences, which set attendance records and drew museum professionals from three states, the 2021 conference slate will feature 15 sessions that address all aspects of museum operations, appealing to those from volunteer-led organizations as well as the state’s flagship institutions. Keynote speaker Zinnia Willits, Executive Director of the Southeastern Museums Conference, will energize GAM’s members with her reflections on the field after a tumultuous yet inspiring year. Recipients of GAM Awards, which recognize excellence among Georgia’s museum employees, volunteers, and supporters, will also be honored.
In-person sessions and workshops will take place in the Russell Union and Williams Center at Georgia Southern University (GSU). These wonderful facilities will provide a central location for attendees and vendors to gather, along with the technology to connect with virtual conference attendees. In addition to GSU’s existing campus safety measures and limited seating capacities, all in-person attendees will be required to wear masks correctly and maintain six feet of social distance from others.
A great slate of programming at Statesboro museums also awaits in-person attendees. Evening events will take place at three local institutions supported by GSU – the Botanic Garden, the Center for Wildlife Education and Lamar Q. Ball, Jr. Raptor Center, and the Georgia Southern Museum – as well as the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau, home of the Museum on Main. Attendees will visit other area museums on their own throughout the week before relaxing at host hotel Home2Suites near GSU’s campus.
“Statesboro and Bulloch County are steeped in history and appreciate tradition, yet the communities also have long encouraged education and innovation,” said Brent Tharp, Georgia Southern Museum Director and GAM conference host committee chair. “That makes it the perfect place for the museum community of Georgia to gather, learn, share, and revive.”
To register for the conference or for more information, visit gamg.org or contact GAM Administrative Director Michele Rodgers at email@example.com.
Want to truly make memories that will last a lifetime? Plan ahead to take back roads to your next vacation destination!
Chart a course that allows you to navigate back roads as often as possible and forget the blur of blinding billboards and big rigs. Enjoy the scenery provided by small towns and build unique stops into your route while leaving a little wiggle room. You never know when you might drive through a small town hosting a festival or parade so look at side trips or unplanned expeditions as a bonus! Historical venues, interesting restaurants, local breweries, or perhaps even guided tours can provide plenty of additional reasons to pull over, too.
Being flexible and keeping an open mind will maximize your experience. Make sure your travel companions, whether family or friends, are all on the same page about this up front. Pack unique snacks, create a travel-themed play list, and share fun road trip games to maximize your fun!
Enjoy traveling at your own pace with no worries of lost luggage or departure deadlines. Cherish your time in the car together and remember that adventure can be found in the most unexpected places.
The roof of the Kiwanis Pancake House was heavily damaged during high winds on March 3, 2020. In optimistic and encouraging preparations for the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair in the fall, the work has begun on repairs.
The Kiwanis Club of Statesboro has contracted with Quicken Steel of Claxton for the replacement of the roof over the Pancake House. Demolition of the old roof and wooden framework began on Saturday, April 25. The new roof will extend over the entire Pancake House, including the open dining area as well as the kitchen and storage room. The new roof system will be of all steel construction. There are also plans for more seating spaces. It’s expected that the roof will be completed by late May.
The Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair is scheduled for October 19-21, 2020, so mark your calendar!
Last year marked a momentous date in American history: four hundred years since Africans first set foot on North American shores in 1619. Early in 2019, Willow Hill Heritage and Renaissance Center in Portal, GA decided that they would commemorate this by conducting tours of all thirty-four known African American cemeteries in Bulloch County. This series, called “If These Cemeteries Could Talk,” usually consists of one tour per month. Tours frequently begin at a church, garnering participation from local ministers, church members, and other attendees from the community. After an introductory program, everyone heads into the cemetery to hear the stories of those buried there, with emphasis on formerly enslaved people. Now, a year and a half later, Willow Hill has conducted fifteen tours, with nineteen still remaining.
However, Dr. Alvin Jackson, the board president at Willow Hill, quickly saw that COVID-19 was changing those plans. “ We realized it was not a good idea to have a lot of individuals meeting. We wanted to maintain social distancing and mitigate exposure to the coronavirus.” Therefore, Willow Hill decided to move the cemetery tour series completely online.
Fortunately, this transition was not too difficult, as they already made use of Facebook live to broadcast the tours to those who could not attend in person. Since the pandemic, it has become their main platform to disseminate information to the public. Dr. Jackson and one or two knowledgeable people (at a safe distance) conduct a tour through a given cemetery, highlighting individual people buried there. Meanwhile his daughter Wiloise Jackson Harper records the video which she broadcasts live on the Facebook page.
Dr. Jackson says that the online version of the project has reached people that otherwise could not have attended the tours. A great number of African American residents left Bulloch County for cities in the North and Midwest during the late 1800s and early 1900s. This movement is known as the Great Migration. Through these video tours, people whose families have long left Bulloch County are able to reconnect with their family’s history and learn more about the lives of their ancestors.
“Facebook Live tours will continue until the pandemic is over and we know it is safe to allow people to come back,” Dr. Jackson says. “It is our way of protecting individuals.” In addition to the tours, Dr. Jackson is also creating research guides for each cemetery.
People can find the online tours at Willow Hill’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/WHHRC/. Their most recent video tour is of Cone Cemetery in Ivanhoe, Georgia. The programs for the tours are all available online through Digital Commons at Georgia Southern’s Henderson Library.”
Being new in Statesboro, I have never been to the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair. Sure, I have been to fairs as a general category: the rides, the food, the contests, the local flair. But what makes the Ogeechee Kiwanis Fair unique? Comment on our social media post to share what you think someone who has never been to the fair before MUST do!
I have heard that the Pancake House is a must-do. A fair with an establishment dedicated to slinging up sausage and pancakes? That is something I am looking forward to. But what else distinguishes the Ogeechee Fair as a part of Statesboro culture? It is a decades-long tradition that draws people from counties away, so it must be something special. I am looking forward to attending and getting my first taste!
If there is one thing I have learned in my short time here, it is that Statesboro never ceases to surprise. I am sure that the Ogeechee Fair will do the same. – Lauren Della- Piazza
Lauren moved to Statesboro from Pennsylvania to complete her Master’s Degree in Public History at Georgia Southern University. Look for her fair follow-up coming soon.
Think you’ve got the best Chili in the Boro? Here’s your chance to prove it! Join us in Chili Town on December 6th at the Downtown Statesboro Holiday Celebration. It’s FREE to enter and registration is easy. Forms can be filled out online, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off at the Visit Statesboro office at 222 S. Main Street.
2019 Cook-Off Categories:
- Overall Best Chili
- Best Restaurant Chili
- People’s Choice
- Best Decorated Booth
FOR CHILI CONTESTANTS: This competition is open to organizations, businesses or amateur chefs. Chili Town will be located across from City Hall where participants will be assigned a 10×10 space with access to power. You must bring and set up your own tables, tents (if you so desire) and decorations. Set up begins at 3:00pm. Set up must be completed by 4:45pm and judge’s chili samples will be collected at 5pm. Sample cups and spoons will be provided for all samplers to be made available at tables.
CHILI TOWN WILL OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AT 5:30 P.M. Please have at least 4 to 5 gallons of chili on-hand for the public to sample for voting in the People’s Choice category. Participants are expected to bring their own condiments such as crackers, sour cream or cheese. Participants must also have a visible SIGN with the team name and bring their own extension cords to power all electrical units.
Each participating table must provide team members to serve chili during the Chili Town hours. Volunteers are not available to man any booths or tents for this event!
FOR CHILI TASTERS: Admission to Chili Town is FREE and open to the public. Tickets will be available for purchase to vote in the People’s Choice category for $1.
The Performing Arts Center at Georgia Southern kicks off the second half of their 2018-2019 Main Stage Season with a performance by Jon Lehrer and Dancers on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are on sale now at the PAC Box Office.
Jon Lehrer and Dancers have toured extensively both nationally and internationally, and now they bring their artistry here to Statesboro!
With creativity, athleticism, and the ability to make contemporary, modern, and jazz dance accessible to all audiences, Jon Lehrer and Dancers have made quite a name for themselves in the dance and theatre world. Striking the elusive balance between art and entertainment, Lehrer and Dancers showcases unique choreography and a fun, distinctive style which fuses jazz and modern dance. Featuring some of the genre’s most athletic professional dancers, Lehrer’s choreography focuses on three main elements of movement: circularity, three-dimensionality, and momentum, coming together to create a true spectacle onstage which can be enjoyed by dance experts and novices alike; this is truly a dance show for all with colorful costuming, exciting music, and inventive movement.
This performance is an exciting opportunity for the community. Performing Arts Center Director Stacie McDaniel explains, “I think audiences often have the misconception that contemporary dance is going to be hard to follow, or too out there, or that they won’t be able to appreciate or understand it without a dance background. Jon Lehrer breaks all of those misconceptions down, giving an accessible, colorful performance that is both entertaining and full of artistic merit.”
Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for youth 17 and under, and are on sale now at the Performing Arts Center at Georgia Southern Box Office. Discounts are available for Georgia Southern students and faculty/staff. Group rates for groups of 10 or more are also available. Visit the Box Office in person Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, or purchase tickets over the phone at 912-478-7999 or online atwww.georgiasouthern.edu/pac.
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December in Statesboro is packed full of live performances, holiday themed events, and family fun!
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Bulloch County’s Military Heritage is the county’s premier exhibit space that examines the involvement of Bulloch County, Georgia in the history of American warfare. The permanent exhibit lives in the Bulloch County annex off of Main Street and is open to the public. As new scholarships opened up new opportunities to expand the exhibit, the Georgia Southern Museum is renovating the space with the help of a History Department graduate student, Breezy James. The project seeks to educate the public on American military history and share Bulloch County’s heritage by memorializing those who died in service and by studying the past.
Currently, the exhibit covers the roots of the county in the American Revolution through the Global War on Terror. The exhibit recognizes those who paid the ultimate price in combat through memorial plaques. The space presents a rotating central exhibit that explores one war and its impact in the county. It features artifacts and interactive components to further dive into the past and understand the war on a deeper level. There is now an exhibit on the Global War on Terrorism, and the upcoming installation will highlight the Vietnam War.
The Georgia Southern Museum is seeking local artifacts to showcase in the exhibit. To reach this goal, they are hosting an event to collect artifacts from the Vietnam War era, which will be held at the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau (Visit Statesboro) on November 27th, 2018 from 4 o’clock to 8 o’clock in the evening. Come by during the open house and bring your artifacts and curators will take a look. They are seeking to add interviews to the Georgia Southern Museum collection from local Vietnam veterans as well, and some will be featured in the exhibit. If you are interested in loaning or donating items to the museum for the exhibit, or if you would like to be interviewed for the project, come by the SCVB on November 27th.
Contact Breana James at email@example.com for more info.