Tuesday January 11, 2022
Guest Speaker: Robert Jones
Topic: "The Revolutionary War in Georgia"
Robert C. Jones served as President of the Kennesaw Historical Society for 21 years (1994-2015), and also served as a member of the
executive board of the Kennesaw Museum Foundation for 17 years (1998-2015). The Foundation helped fund the 45,000 square foot
Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in Kennesaw, GA.
Robert has written 50+ books on various historical topics, including the Civil War, Revolutionary War, World War I & II, the War of 1812 and ghost towns.
In 2018, Robert received an award from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution for "Women in American History".
Tuesday March 8, 2022
Guest Speaker: Sue VerHoef
This Land is Whose Land - Using Land Records to Trace Your Family History
"Land records are an often overlooked resource for family historians, but they can be a veritable gold mine of information.
Deeds, maps, lottery registration lists, and other land records can place an ancestor in a specific place at a specific time.
These records can sometimes tell us an ancestor’s age, birthplace, military service, citizenship, literacy, and other personal information as well."
Sue VerHoef is Director of Oral History and Genealogy at the Atlanta History Center where she has worked since 2008.
She manages the Center's oral history initiatives including the Veterans History Project, a collection of over 800 oral history interviews of veterans from
World War II through the Global War on Terror.
Sue is also the curator of More Than Self: Living the Vietnam War, an exhibition of oral histories, photographs,
documents, and artifacts from Vietnam veterans and civilians who served in their support. The exhibit was on display at the Atlanta History Center in
2017-2018 and is now available online. View Here
She creates and presents regularly scheduled genealogy workshops and programs and provides archives orientation
tours for public school and university students and faculty. In 2015, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Southeast Chapter
awarded her an Emmy for her contribution in the development of 37 Weeks: Sherman on the March, which aired on Georgia Public Broadcasting.
Sue is a graduate of Brigham Young University and the University of West Georgia.
Tuesday April 12, 2022
Guest Speaker: Terry Manning
Topic: 25 Things You Probably Didn't Know About George Washington
You know George Washington the General, George Washington the President, and George Washington the soldier.
Now you can learn about George Washington the humorist, the gourmet, the tax dodger, and other things you probably hadn't heard about the Father of Our Country.
Terry is an Ohio State University graduate, a Navy veteran, and retired Auditor-in-Charge for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Inspector General.
He is a Past President of the Button Gwinnett Chapter SAR (2003-2005), the Georgia Society SAR (2009), and Atlanta Chapter SAR (2012-2016).
His current passion is garden railroading.
Tuesday May 10, 2022
Guest Speaker: Peter Stoddard
Topic: 'SAR Eligible Lewis Grizzard, Who Owned Two Houses in Sandy Springs'
Peter Stoddard is a Public Speaker, an Author, Producer & PR Specialist and is a former dual member of the Mount Vernon Chapter in 2021.
He grew up in Sandy Springs and after graduation with a Marketing degree from UGA, Peter had two careers. The first was in public relations in Atlanta and Chicago.
The second was in resort real estate sales on the 'Redneck Riviera' which is the stretch of westernmost Florida Panhandle Gulf Coast.
Peter returned to Georgia in 2016, settling in Cumming, GA.
Peter recently moved to Athens and spoke in March at an Athens SAR banquet about the legendary American writer and humorist Lewis Grizzard.
He then became a dual member of the Athens Chapter and is now working on his lineage to his maternal Grandfather for membership in the Society of the Cincinnati.
In 2019 Peter wrote his first book, "Lewis Grizzard: The Dawg That Did Not Hunt". In 2021 he wrote "Lewis Grizzard:
The Dawg Who Loved to Prowl". Like many, Peter deems Lewis Grizzard to be the finest humorist America ever produced.
Peter also authored "Why Puritans Matter, Now More Than Ever" and "The Richest Bostonian".
His talk will be about how he came to write his first Grizzard book.
Peter never met Lewis but was often in the same venues with him at the same time.
"Lewis just had better seats to games and lodging accommodations".
Recently discovered Stoddard family ties will lead to Peter's next book, "The Builder of Savannah", about Peter's Yankee Cousin John Stoddard, a philanthropic man
who in the 1840s built cotton warehouses and sales offices. They still stand as Savannah's River Walk buildings. John funded construction of Savannah's first public schools,
was a founder of Bonaventure Cemetery and an early President of the Georgia Historical Society.
Tuesday June 14, 2022
Guest Speaker: Martin Howley
Topic: "The Battle of Monmouth''
The Battle of Monmouth was fought on June 28th, 1778 in New Jersey.
Martin was born and raised outside Philadelphia, PA and spent his early adult life in Atlantic City, NJ. There he worked for 10 years as a Casino Croupier and instructor.
He then enlisted in the US Army as an Infantryman at Fort Benning, GA. at the age of 31, which turned into a 26 year military career.
He was selected for Officer Candidate school, and graduated as an Armored Cavary Officer.
During his military career, Martin was selected to be a Foreign Area Officer, learning Arabic and becoming a regional expert in the Middle East and Africa.
During his military career, he lived in Korea, Germany, Egypt, with several tours of service in the Middle East and Africa.
He finished his career as lead instructor of deploying military and civilians throughout the world.
Martin's life long love of US History was developed while growing up so close to Philadelphia and being surrounded by the roots of our nation.
He first became involved with the Battle of Cowpens as a new Armored Cavary Lieutenant at Ft. Knox.
He was assigned to develop a briefing for this key revolutionary war battlefield and its after effects.
Martin resides in Fayetteville, GA with his wife Crystal.