Wednesday, July 19, 2006

You probably have heard that at the Historic Courthouse, we are currently showing historic photographs relating to Haralson County which are part of the "Vanishing Georgia" collection, using the "card catalog" PC in the first floor corridor. The collection is described online here.

Today I ran across an interesting Website that hosts what it calls "faces and places of the past". Find it here at familyoldphotos.com. I have not made an effort to look for comparable Web sites and so have no opinion on its comparative merits. It claims to host over 17,000 photos so far.

My encounter with this Web site arose out of interest in a particular county in Pennsylvania. The page associated with Pennsylvania includes a drop-down menu listing many (or all?) of the counties of that state. Sadly, the corresponding Georgia page does not include such a menu, presumably for want of photos. For what it is worth, find the Georgia page here.

Ron

Sunday, July 09, 2006

I ran across Brooke Murphy just before the 4th of July. She no longer is interested in transcribing the handwritten forms identifying things within the historic film "Buchanan on Parade." Perhaps I can hire someone else to do this.

Ron

Today I exchanged e-mail with Joe Conley, who sadly informed me that the historical marker sign for the Hungarian Colony was first knocked over, then removed entirely. It costs about $2500.00 to erect new markers of this type!

On a happier note, we now post four historical photographs from the Colony and the things it left behind. Find them appended here:
http://hchistory.com/stories/Budapest.html

Ron

Saturday, June 24, 2006

This afternoon I met with Joe Conley, who is making his annual visit to Haralson County from Ohio. He is a descendent of the Hungarian and Slovak people who settled in Haralson County about a century ago, as recounted in Peggy Kimball's account at: http://hchistory.com/stories/Budapest.html

Joe has done extensive research on these people and has plans to write a book. I told him of the Society's hopes to publish a new county-wide history book using a printing-on-demand publisher like Amazon's BookSurge and suggested he might do likewise.

In the meantime, Joe delivered into my hands a large collection of hardcopy materials I will share with you at our next regular meeting. All the documents bear copyright statements should we want to get permission to re-publish them, for example online. The documents include family histories, maps and photographs, all permanently contributed to our hardcopy archives. Joe also gave me oral permission to exhibit the photos he just delivered, via the PC screensaver at the Historic Courthouse which presently shows Haralson County photos from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

I hope that before Joe departs we can get a photo of him and other local descendents of the wine-making colony settlers next to the historical marker which takes note of this interesting episode in county history.

Ron

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