50th Anniversary Events

We’ve compiled a fantastic slate of events to celebrate ACHF’s 50th anniversary year. Mark your calendar and get ready to explore and appreciate the history of Athens in ways you might not have seen before.


50th Anniversary Donor Reception
This event on Dec. 15, 2016 at the Alpha Gamma Delta House on Milledge Avenue, was a special “thank-you” to our most loyal supporters.


New Year’s on the Rocks  
ACHF kicked off 2017 with a super-mod New Year’s Eve party that sent attendees back in time to 1967! Visit the page to view photos and highlights.


Neighborhood of the Month
Throughout the year, Athens’ historic districts and neighborhoods will share stories, photographs and little-known facts. Visit the page here.


ACHF Founders’ Day Proclamation Breakfast
On the morning of March 16, the community will come together on ACHF’s 50th birthday for a catered reception where the preservation movement began – at the Church-Waddel-Brumby House (now the Athens Welcome Center). A special History of Preservation Tour will debut at this event.


More Planned Events for 2017 (details to follow)

Jubilee Dinner
This black tie dinner and program, planned for spring 2017, celebrates the 50-year history of the Foundation, with an eye forward to the next 50 years.

Rabbit Box Collaboration
Because Rabbit Box fosters the art of storytelling in Athens, ACHF will be partnering with the group in mid-2017 to share stories of Athens from the late 1960s. It was a tumultuous time, and we will have some storytellers on hand to share what it was like.

50th Anniversary Heritage holiday gala 
Our annual tour returns in December 2017! We will showcase an Athens neighborhood in its holiday finery and cap a year of special celebrations as we look forward to the next 50 years.

Celebrating Athens!
Several exhibits, projects and tours highlight our beautiful city and its history.

Places in Peril
This program will be advocating for Athens’ threatened historic resources that need attention through articles, tours and lectures.

Historic Photo Database
Throughout the year, we will be digging into our archival material to celebrate and solve mysteries of history.

ACHF at 50
From June 5 through Aug. 4, the UGA Special Collections Libraries will present an exhibition drawing from materials in the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation Papers housed at the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Georgia.

History of Preservation Tours
Debuts March 16; learn how the Church-Waddel-Brumby House was saved in 1967, then see highlights of ACHF’s preservation history.

Mid-Century Modern Tour of Homes
This two-day tour (Oct. 6-7) kicks off with a Friday evening tour and cocktail party. It continues Saturday with a new selection of homes and will take place in conjunction with a series of lectures on “The Art of the Retro” – mid-century modern architecture, furniture, interior design and art.

The Hunt for History & Pokémon Tour
This out-of-the-ordinary tour combines Athens history AND Pokémon.  Hunt for new and exotic Pokémon while exploring actual historic sites that are virtual Poké Stops. This is a family-friendly event.