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Night Reading

Titles @ Twilight promotes local authors, whose stories of history and the South represent a variety of perspectives. Join us the first Tuesday of each month for a new topic and new perspective. Click here to download the full schedule, or scroll down for more details about each presentation.

Titles @ Twilight is held in the Garden Room at the Williams-Payne House, 6075 Sandy Springs Circle.

Tuesday, February 7, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Kaye Minchew – “A President in Our Midst: Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Georgia”

Minchew was the Executive Director of the Troup County Archives for over 30 years. Now retired, she serves as an archival consultant. Her book A President in our Midst details President FDR’s forty-one visits to Georgia between 1924 and 1945. A native New Yorker, FDR called Georgia his “other state.” Seeking relief from the devastating effects of polio, he was first drawn to Georgia by the reputed healing powers of the waters at Warm Springs.

Tuesday, March 7, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Carolyn Curry – “Suffer & Grow Strong: The Life of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas (1834-1907)”

Curry received her Ph.D in History from Georgia State University, and has since taught at the University of Kentucky and Westminster Schools. Currently she serves as the Founder and Director of Women Alone Together, a non-profit that works to build confidence and community among the growing number of women who are alone in our culture because of death, divorce, separation, estrangement, or being single by choice. The inspirational woman Ella Gertrude began keeping a diary at fourteen. The Civil War and its aftermath changed her life forever. She experienced poverty, illness, and devastating family strife. She saw four of her ten children die. She grew to question the “peculiar institution” upon which the antebellum South was built and, in her later years, she became a leading voice in the suffrage and temperance movements.

Tuesday, April 4, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Dan A. Aldridge, Jr. – “To Lasso the Clouds: The Beginning of Aviation in Georgia”

Vice President of the Friends of Georgia Libraries, Aldridge tells the story of the first airplane flight in Georgia. Epps and Zumpt A. Huff, brothers from Athens, GA, were described by a contemporary newspaper as a “second pair of Wright brothers.” Most surprising of all, Aldridge’s book reveals that their flight was the first flight of a monoplane in the United States – a record of which even they were not aware.

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