March Program Series

The Thomas County Historical Society is proud to present a redesigned 2017 Spring Program series exploring the history, culture, ecology, and landscape of the Red Hills region.  The series will be comprised of two lectures and a hands-on workshop all taking place in March.

The Society is excited to introduce an extension of our popular Make History! Program with Make History: Hands-On Heritage! These programs will encourage adults to get hands-on with history and learn a traditional handicraft from a local expert.  Our first class project will be learning how to make pine needle baskets made from the needles of the longleaf pine. 


Bookending the Hands-On Heritage workshop are two lectures on topics that relate to the science of southwest Georgia.  On March 7, Dr. Mark Blackmore, Professor of Biology at Valdosta State University, will deliver “Mosquito-Borne Disease in Georgia: Connecting Our Past to the Present,” a lecture on the Yellow Fever epidemic of the early nineteenth century and discuss the mosquito-borne illness’ impact on South Georgia settlements.  An expert on mosquito biology, Dr. Blackmore has published more than twenty scholarly peer-reviewed papers on the subject, and has been on the faculty of Valdosta State University since 1996.



On March 21, Shane Wellendorf, Conservation Coordinator at Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy will share “Conserving the Magnificent Giants of the Red Hills,” a discussion about the history of private land conservation in the Red Hills region and how those efforts have protected local forests and the preservation of that ecological legacy for the future.  Tall Timbers, nationally known for its prescribed fire and wildlife ecology research, has an accredited Land Conservancy that holds 130,593 acres of donated conservation easements and owns more than 12,000 acres of land in South Georgia and north Florida. Shane has worked for 11 years at Tall Timbers as a wildlife research biologist. In 2011, he transferred to the Land Conservancy and began working on conservation transactions and easement stewardship.


Schedule of Programs:

  • March 7: “Mosquito-Borne Illnesses in South Georgia,” Dr. Mark Blackmore, Professor of Biology, Valdosta State University, 6pm
  • March 18: Pine Needle Basket Workshop. Registration: $15 members, $20 for non-members, participants should be ages 15+.  Priority registration given to current members of the Thomas County Historical Society, 10am-Noon
  • March 21: “Conserving the Magnificent Giants of the Red Hills,” Shane Wellendorf, Tall Timbers Research Station, 6pm


All events will take place at the Museum of History, 725 N. Dawson Street, Thomasville, Georgia.