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Historical Society Hosts Tour of the Archives

Our history is indelible, a record of all the triumphs and losses that we have endured together as a community and a family. These records are crucial for reflection and for growth. Here in LaGrange and Troup County, there are a plethora of records from the past that are housed in the Troup County Archives, a gateway to the past that never fails to bring about incredible tales and unfold many mysteries. Friday night, January 26th, the Troup County Historical Society hosted a tour of the archives, giving viewers unprecedented access to different records and mementos from the past. The following is information from that night:

“The Troup County Historical Society held the first Behind the Scenes members- only tour on Friday, January 26th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Members were shown areas of the Archives not normally seen by the public, how collections are received, and what happens once those collections are taken in. Beginning in the Research Library, Records Manager Alex Hughes explained the life cycle of a government record and displayed some of the earliest Troup County records in the historical society’s collection, including 1828 Superior Court case records. Executive Director Shannon Gavin Johnson then showed members some of the oldest private donations and Administrative Assistant Haley Merciers displayed an orange and green silk wedding dress from 1892, among other unique items.

The tour continued to the 3rd floor of the Archives, which acts as one of three storage locations for the Archive’s collections. Members were shown the steps of taking in a collection, including processing, labeling, and storing, along with more unique items in the collection such as a 1930’s silk top hat and a circa 1840 cookie press. Shannon Gavin Johnson and the rest of the staff look forward to more events like this in the future.”

The next big event from the Troup County Historical Society will be the Legacy Museum Building’s 100th Birthday Party on Tuesday, February 20 at 6:30pm. This is sure to be a grand event to delight any and everyone that is a lover of history and art. Make sure to put this one on your calendar so you don’t miss out on all the fun. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (706) 884-1828.