Brown Bag Lunches


The Brown Bag Lunch program offer a chance for informal and open dialogue between members of the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation (ACHF) and the community at-large, in cooperation with staff from the Athens-Clarke County Planning Department.  Discussion will focus on preservation-related topics, community development issues, or any other timely subject that aligns with the mission and vision of ACHF.

Past Brown Bag topics have included Recent and Pending Developments in Downtown Athens, UGA’s preservation master plan process, Demolition by Neglect, and solar panels in Historic Districts.

Next Brown Bag Lunch:

Wednesday, November 15, 2017, Noon – 1:00 PM
Lyndon House Arts Center Community Room
211 Hoyt Street | 706.613.3623
Free and open to the public.

TOPIC
“Ida Mae Hiram House: A Piece of Athens’ Past, Present and Future”

Robert Harrison, president of First A.M.E Church’s Project Renew, will discuss the efforts to preserve and maintain the historic Hiram House, home of Georgia’s first African-American female dentist, Ida Mae Hiram. Located at 635 West Hancock, Hiram House was built in 1910 and has two significant ties to our city’s and state’s African-American history. The house was first owned by Dr. William H. Harris, a prominent black physician, philanthropist and politician. Dr. Hiram rented the home and eventually purchased it. She lived there until her death in 1979. As part of the presentation, Harrison will also offer deeper insights into her views on life and interactions with family and patients.

Harrison is the retired executive director of Institute for Community and Organizational Development, Inc. and director of the Vistas Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. An Athens native, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Mississippi Valley State University and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Georgia. He is a member and historian of First A.M.E. Church.

Hiram House

Ida Mae Hiram