If These Walls Could Talk


Announcing a free seminar at the A-CC Public Library!

If These Walls Could Talk: Researching the History of Your Athens-Clarke County Home

Saturday, February 4, 2017, 10:00AM – 6:00PM

The A-CC Library Heritage Room and the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation are pleased to be co-sponsoring this free seminar on conducting historic research on your home. The program will take place Saturday, February 4 at the A-CC Regional Library’s Heritage on Baxter Street in the Heritage Room. It is free and open to the public. For more detailed information on class content and speakers, call the Heritage Room at (706) 613-3650, ext. 350, or visit the library website


Schedule: Saturday, February 4

SESSION 1: When Was My House Built?
Hallie Pritchett, head of the Map and Government Information Library
Focus will be on using Sanborn Fire Insurance Co. and other historic maps to determine when your house was built and a few other things along the way.
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SESSION 2: When Was My House Built?
Teresa Hixson
Focus will be on researching your property’s chain of title through deed and plat research.
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12:20PM – Lunch

SESSION 3: What is the Architectural History of My House?
Steven Brown, University Archivist Emeritus, Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Focus will be on using a variety of archival records that may provide clues to the appearance of your home over the years.

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SESSION 4: Who Lived in My House?
Laura W. Carter, MEd., MLIS, SLIS
Focus will be on using City Directories, Census and Probate/Courthouse Records to discover who lived in and owned your home in the past.
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SESSION 5: Putting it All Together: A Case Study in Researching a Historic Home
with Alex Patterson, attorney (retired) by day, historic house sleuth by night

Q&A with all presenters