Explore history through engaging talks by local and regional history professionals. In honor of the 75th anniversary of the Normandy Invasion, also known as D-Day, we are remembering World War II through a historic lecture series. Discussions and interactive workshops will include an overview of the War, including both European and Pacific campaigns, tales from veterans who were actually there, and stories of influential groups who changed the course of history.
Our summer lecture series is offered once monthly on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm. Each month will feature a new speaker, and a new topic, so audiences can better understand the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world. Each program is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $5 per person.
Wednesday, May 22, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Pete Mecca: Veterans Stories of the European Campaign
An Air Force intelligence veteran of Vietnam, Pete Mecca has interviewed more than 300 veterans to date for his work, much of which includes award-winning articles written for the Rockdale and Newton Citizen newspapers for almost two decades. Join us has he recounts veteran stories involved in key moments in the European Campaign.
Wednesday, June 19, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thomas Kimmel: Pearl Harbor and the Pacific Campaign
Thomas Kimmel is the grandson of Admiral Husband Kimmel – the 7th Fleet Commander at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Thomas will tell “The Story Within The Pearl Harbor Story,” with tales regarding the attack on Pearl Harbor, his grandfather’s response, and the injustice served to Admiral Kimmel in the aftermath.
Wednesday, July 24, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Hilbert Margol: Dachau Liberation
Hilbert Margol aka “Hibby” and his twin brother, Howard, were born February 22, 1924, in Jacksonville, Florida. Hibby and Howard may have eventually ended up in the metro Atlanta area, but they first took quite the path: from Florida to North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, Illinois, Oklahoma, New Jersey, France, and finally Germany. In 1945, the two Jewish Floridians became American liberators when they entered Dachau, the first of the Nazi concentration camps opened in Germany. Join us as Hibby recounts his time in the military and what it was like to be an American liberator of a Nazi Concentration Camp
Wednesday, August 21, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Zellie Rainey Orr: Tales of the Tuskegee Airmen
Zellie Orr has devoted many years working on behalf of the segregated unit of black soliders known as the Tuskegee Airmen – a group of African-American military pilots (both fighter and bomber) who fought in World War II. Zellie Orr is known for speaking in schools and to civic and historic groups such as the Atlanta World War II Roundtable, often bringing an Airman along. Listen to her stories of the Tuskegee Airmen and the barriers they broke, and their contributions to the war and field of aviation.
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