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This crucial part of our grant allows Boomers to showcase our skills, as well as great ways for other Boomers to get involved in our vibrant community.

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The Kennedy Assassination: What We Know Now

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Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00

Eugene Wilkes held an engrossed audience while he explained that many important findings of the Warren Commission could not be substantiated from the perspective of what we know now. Speaking at the Athens Clarke County Library on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy, the University of Georgia Law School Professor Emeritus explained that many Congressional investigations and scholars, including Georgia's own Richard B. Russell, expressed serious doubts that the CIA could be trusted to provide the truth. He noted evidence that Lee Harvey Oswald very likely did not act alone. Further, it is now known that Jack Ruby, who murdered Oswald in the basement of the Dallas police station, was assisted to gain entry and had known ties to the criminal world.

Wilkes admitted there were plenty of "kooks" who put forward absurd conspiracy theories that might discredit even the rational investigations and thinking that would challenge the Warren Report. He noted many intriguing circumstances including that the two top CIA agents were on vacation that day, and a less experienced agent was on his first motorcade ride that day. CLICK HERE to listen to Wilkes talks in its entirety.

Some Athens area residents recorded their memories of the day Kennedy was shot. CLICK HERE to listen.


Make Your Own Holiday Wreath

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Wednesday, 04 December 2013 16:37

Put your personality into a holiday wreath by making it yourself!

During the December Wreath-making Community Snapshot, seventeen  people did just that. One person made a wreath decorated with toy trucks for his friends in the public works department. A few Red Hat Club ladies made wreaths in club colors, red and purple. Others brought ornaments and dried garden treasures from home.  WATCH OUR YOUTUBE VIDEO to see how to make your own holiday wreath. Then gather your supplies and have a great time.  Following is a list of supplies that were used during the workshop.  They are just suggestions. You can choose things from your yard, your attic, or purchases from a craft store.

  • Basic wreath, made with fresh greens, grapevine, or artificial greens.
  • florist wire, picks, and hot glue for attaching items to your wreath.
  • Wire-cutters, scissors.
  • Natural things such as pine cones, okra pods, dried lemons and oranges, kumquats, cranberries, a variety of greens, moss.
  • Raffia, ribbons and tissue paper.
  • Adornments from a craft shop: Feathers; artificial birds and bird nests; artificial berries, greens and fruit; decorated picks.




Local History Takes Shape on Facebook

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Friday, 27 September 2013 10:40

Jerry Crawley, Roy Moseman and Johnny Kesler brought their popular FaceBook page Growing Up in Athens Georgia to life last Wednesday at Lyndon House Arts Center. The slide lecture, featuring over 130 of the most popular photos on the site, drew over 90 people to the event, some from Atlanta and other places around north Georgia. CLICK HERE to hear the recorded program if you missed it.

The site has been operational since 2010 and has over 11,000 followers.  It started as a way for old friends to exchange photos and stories of Athens in the 50's and 60's, but it struck a chord with a much wider audience and began to grow exponentially. Crawley, Moseman and Kesler, while not the originators of the page, are the current caretakers, and there has been talk of an official archive and cross-referencing of the photos in a more permanent way.

The event was a fitting conclusion to the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services grant The Boomers: Reflecting, Sharing, Learning and a reception with a delicious cake donated by Deb Dykstra of Deb's Specialty Cakes followed in the Lyndon House North Lounge. The project's Board of Directors and all participants in the Boomer projects over the last three years were invited to celebrate the completion of the grant.


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