(Media release from Georgia Archives):
Join us on Saturday, April 1, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m., for the Georgia Archives symposium, “Georgia, Nature, and the Environment.” The free symposium will feature scholarly presentations discussing Georgia’s history of conservation efforts throughout the years, the various environmental changes in the landscape and animal life of Georgia, and the developments that stimulated the economic growth of Georgia, such as the marble industry, the parks system, and the Blue Ridge parkway.
Breaks are sponsored by the Friends of Georgia Archives and History (FOGAH), including a pizza lunch for donation. Otherwise, you may wish to visit a local restaurant or bring your own meal. For more information about our presentations and directions to the Georgia Archives, please see our website, www.georgiaarchives.org.
Below is the schedule of events. A brief Q&A session will follow each presentation.
9:00 a.m. Opening and Coffee
9:10 a.m. Welcome from Christopher Davidson, JD, State Archivist / Assistant Vice Chancellor USG
9:15 a.m. “You People Don’t Seem to Want a Parkway”: The Failure of the Blue Ridge Parkway
Extension into Georgia, Richelle Brown
10:20 a.m. Panel: Conservation and Old Growth Forests
Early Conservation in Georgia: An Overview of the Development of Georgia’s Efforts to
Conserve Our State’s Natural Resources from Colonial Times to Early Twentieth Century,
Protecting Old-Growth “Hope Spots” in North Georgia: From Cooper Creek to Grassy
Mountain, Emma Kiser
11:10 a.m. Panel: Race, Class, and Recreation
Hard Labor Creek State Park: A Case Study in Discriminatory Recreation, W. Cole Wicker
Under the Surface of Lake Lanier, Angela Hronek
11:50 a.m. Poster Session: Oyster Wars and Bustling Factories: The Georgia Oyster Industry,
1880s – 1940s, Sadie Ingram
12:10 p.m. Lunch available for a cash donation
1:00 p.m. Bamboo in Georgia’s Landscape: From Native Americans to the USDA, Dr. Kay Koppedrayer,
Dr. Walter E. Campbell, and Dr. Mike Hotchkiss
2:00 p.m. Panel: Nature at Home
The Introduction, Spread, and Potential Impacts of a Non-native Spider to Georgia,
Dr. Michael Sitvarin
Imagine the Possibilities of Our Landscapes: How Landscapes Can Fight Climate Change and
Grow Green Jobs, Jamie Rosenthal
Rethinking Informal Urbanism in Metro-Atlanta, Dr. Georgeta Connor
3:00 p.m. Pretty in Pink: Georgia’s Marble Industry and the Human Impact on the Land, Al Connolly,
Bill Cagle, Dr. Candy Tate, and Dr. Kathleen Thompson
The Georgia Archives is a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. The Georgia Archives identifies, collects, manages, preserves, provides access to, and publicizes records and information of Georgia and its people, and assists state and local government agencies with their records management.