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Minshew to Present 6th Annual FDR Memorial Lecture

Posted on Monday, April 01, 2019

Kaye L. Minchew, former Executive Director of the Troup County Historical Society and Archives, will present this year’s Gordon State College FDR Memorial Lecture.

Minchew will speak at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10 in the Student Center Auditorium.

“Gordon State will also offer self-guided tours of Southern Rivers Energy’s exhibit ‘Power to the People’ that is on display in Guillebeau Hall,” said Franklin Williams, GSC assistant professor of History. “The exhibit illustrates the impact rural electrification had on rural Georgia.”

The exhibit will be open from noon to 6 p.m.

Guillebeau Hall, on the north east side of campus, is yards away from where FDR gave his speech on Rural Electrification to a crowd estimated at 30,000 in August 1938. A historical marker, the placement of which was the work of GSC alumnus Anthony McCalla, stands nearby.

From 2 to 3 p.m.  Minchew will be just outside the Student Center Auditorium  to sign copies of her book, “A President in Our Midst: Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Georgia.”

During her time on campus, She will also  meet with Gordon State College History students to talk about archival research and publishing.

The Lecture is free and the public is invited. Parking will be available in the Faculty/Staff parking lot adjacent to the Nursing and Allied Health Building off Spencer Street.

The FDR Memorial Lecture was started in 2013 to recall FDR’s visit to Barnesville in August 1938 to initiate rural electrification in Georgia.