Lost Athens: Exploring the North Side Before Urban Renewal,


The Athens-Clarke County Library’s Heritage Room and Athens Historical Society invite you to discover the history of Athens with local historians Steven and Beth Brown as they discuss “Lost Athens: Exploring the Northside Before Urban Renewal,” Sunday, April 24, at 3:00 p.m.

In the extensive North Side Urban Renewal project Athens lost hundreds of homes, as well as businesses, churches and even streets that had been part of the community life since Athens’ earliest days. Led by Steven and Beth Brown, this presentation will discuss the history and development of the area from Lickskillet to The Bottom, then survey the lost structures, drawing upon rich photographic documentation in the Hargrett Library and meeting some of the many Athenians who called the area home during its history.

Beth Brown retired from the Griffin-Spalding School System in 2006 and moved to Athens to join the Athens-Clarke County Library in 2008 as Information Services and Heritage Room Librarian. She attended the Georgia Archives Institute in June of 2015 and served on the Athens Historical Society Board from 2015 to 2019. In January of 2019, she retired from the Heritage Room.

With degrees from Ohio State and the University of Michigan, Steven Brown came to Athens in 1979 to join the UGA Libraries faculty at the Science Library. In 2000 he joined the Hargrett Library as Head of University of Georgia Archives and Records Management, completing the Georgia Archives Institute. In 2008 he semi-retired, but continued with Hargrett, focusing on reference work with University and local history. He served as historian on the Athens Historical Society Board of Directors from 2013 to 2019.

This event is free and open to the public and will take place in the library’s auditorium.

For more information, visit www.athenslibrary.org/, or call 706-613-3650. The Athens-Clarke County Library is located at 2025 Baxter Street.


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