Spring Lecture Series

Tuesdays in March at the Museum of History

The Thomas County Historical Society presents the 2016 Spring Lecture series every Tuesday in March at 7:30 p.m. at the Thomas County Museum of History.  On March 1st, the lecture series willSpring lecture flyer kick off with John Ladson, III, who will present From Lake Iamonia to Nutall Rise: A Sporting & Historical Odyssey. An avid outdoorsman and hunter, Ladson, who is also a Moultrie native and former owner of Brilad Oil Company and Ladson Investments, will share the history of the popular hunting and recreation destination as well as his family’s long association there.

Next, Thomas County Historical Society Curator Ephraim Rotter will headline two lectures: Thomas County: 101 on March 8th, and The Hansell County Wars: Meigs vs. Pelham, on March 15thThomas County: 101 is the perfect introduction to Thomas County history for those new to the community and a refresher for longtime community members.  Rotter will share Thomasville and Thomas County’s evolution from the antebellum plantation era to the Resort Era transformation and beyond.  The Hansell County Wars: Meigs vs. Pelham presented on March 15th will explore the contentious battle between Meigs and Pelham in their individual efforts to create a new county.

The series’ fourth lecture, on March 22th, presented by Kenneth H. Thomas, Jr. will feature the story of the research and publication of The Lapham-Patterson House: A National Historic Landmark, Thomasville, Georgia. Thomas, a former historian for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, will present The Lapham-Patterson House: Reflections on Thomasville’s Most Whimsical House, sharing fascinating anecdotes and discoveries made during his extensive research into the history of the home and the families who lived there.

On March 29th, Kha McDonald, Assistant City Manager for the City of Thomasville, will lead our final panel discussion on the recent efforts to rediscover the Civil War prison site on Wolf Street.  Used for a very short time by the Confederate Army as a prisoner of war camp for Union troops in December of 1864, very little has been known about the site and the prisoners’ experiences there.  Recent efforts to discover what lies beneath the site have led to a continuation of the ground penetrating radar readings, the involvement of cadaver dogs provided by the FBI, and preliminary archaeological study by the Southeastern Archeological Center (SEAC).  Discoveries and new understandings about the camp experience are occurring on a rapid basis.  McDonald will be joined by representatives of several agencies involved in the continued research and study.   We hope you’ll join us this March for another great series!

Schedule of Presenters:

  • March 1: “From Lake Iamonia to Nutall Rise: A Sporting & Historical Odyssey”—John Ladson, III
  • March 8: “Thomas County: 101—Ephraim Rotter, Curator, Thomas County Historical Society
  • March 15: “The Hansell War: Meigs vs. Pelham”—Ephraim Rotter, Curator, Thomas County Historical Society
  • March 22: “The Lapham-Patterson House: Reflections on Thomasville’s Most Whimsical House”— Kenneth H. Thomas, Jr.
  • March 29: “Archaeological Study of the Civil War Prison Camp Site”—Kha McDonald, Senior Assistant City Manager, & Guests

Lectures are free and open to the public. Each of the programs will begin at 7:30 PM at the Museum of History, 725 N. Dawson Street, Thomasville, Georgia