Watch an enchanting interview with Charlotte Thomas Marshall, preeminent Athens historian and author of Oconee Hill Cemetery of Athens Georgia and Historic Houses of Athens, among others. She most recently edited The Tangible Past in Athens Georgia, a collection of essays by thirteen writers, primarily about Athens in the 19th Century. She is interviewed here in the Athens-Clarke County Library Quiet Gallery by retired ACCL Heritage Room librarian Laura Carter. Charlotte reminisces about her arrival in Athens, how she got into learning family histories, and tells a few anecdotes about the families who have made Athens their home.

Dressing Up: A Gimlet-Eyed Look at Fashion from a Century Ago is the second in our series Dust Collectors. If you were unable to attend the slide lecture on February 26 (and didn't see the webcast because of technical problems on our end), or if you just want to catch it again, the video is now online. Ivan Ingermann gave a great talk about fashions from the 1900s through the 1920s, with special attention to the styles worn in Downton Abbey. You'll also get a brief look at an exhibition from the collections of Beverly Bourgeois (Ritzy Rags) and Karen Fisher (Antiques & Jewels), but this extraordinary exhibit is still on display in the Heritage Room and the Quiet Gallery at the Athens-Clarke County Library through March 24. Don't miss it!


Thursday, February 26 at 7:00 pm

Are you an avid viewer of Downton Abbey? Whether you're an Anglophile or a dedicated follower of fashion, you'll find something to blog about here. At 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 26, Reflecting, Sharing, Learning presents, in its continuing Dust Collectors series, Dressing Up: A Gimlet-Eyed Look at Fashion from a Century Ago in the Appleton Auditorium at the Athens-Clarke County Library. Attend a slide lecture by Ivan Ingermann, Associate Professor of Costume Design from the UGA Department of Theatre & Film Studies on the vintage fashions from the Downton Abbey era – an age of Victorian, Edwardian, and flapper finery. If you are unable to attend in person you may watch the webcast HERE.

Upstairs, in the Heritage Room and in the adjacent Quiet Gallery, see period clothing, primarily from the 1920s, from the collection of Athens costumer and fashion historian Beverly Bourgeois. The exhibition will be on display from February 26–March 24.

On Tuesday, March 3 at 6:00 pm, participate in a live webinar event with Photo Detective Maureen Taylor. Buns, Beards, Bodices and Bustles: Understanding Ancestors Through Clothing will help you date your old photos by the clothing in them. All these events are free and open to the public, but you must register for the webinar.