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Thank you to those who joined us for the pre-opening of the WWII Home Front Exhibit at the Pettigrew-White-Stamps House Museum. Although we only had a few rooms ready, the pre-opening was the perfect opportunity to let potential sponsors and other interested parties view the many changes and upgrades that have taken place inside the museum and learn about the plans we have for the remaining museum spaces. We hope you will all join us again on March 18th, 2023 for the Grand Opening of the exhibit to see the final product!
The Upson Historical Society is proud to announce its recent successful grant application through the Georgia Humanities. Georgia Humanities awarded the Upson Historical Society a program grant of $2,392.12 for the Pettigrew-White-Stamps House Museum WWII Home Front Exhibition Project. We will utilize these funds to expand our monthly public programs and offer educational programs and workshops led by humanities scholars and experts. These programs will be directly related to topics explored in the upcoming WWII Home Front Exhibits at the Thomaston-Upson Archives and the Upson Historical Society’s Pettigrew-White-Stamps House Museum.
Command Sergeant Major Charles W. Thompson
The Upson Historical Society’s October program will feature gospel music performed by the Coggins family, with Marvin Helms playing the piano. The October program will be held at 7:00p.m. at the Thomaston First United Methodist Church at 132 Cherokee Rd. The Coggins family started singing long before Peggy and Kenny Coggins were born. “Our Grandfather George Coggins could play a 5 string banjo, and it was said that he had his 8 children, 6 boys and 2 girls, on the front porch at night singing for their own entertainment. Several of the neighbors who lived nearby could sometimes also enjoy the music.” When Peggy and Kenny were very young they always sang in the car with their dad, Fred Coggins, on every road trip; this is where they were taught to harmonize and found their love of music. Marvin Helms started playing the piano at a very young age; he listened to his older sister practice for her lessons and after she left the piano, he would sit down and play the piece she had just practiced. Marvin has played for many groups in the Thomaston area over the years. Marvin, Kenny, and Peggy have been enjoying music together for over 60 years now.
Below is a link to the Upson Historical Society's program on Monday, September 26, 2022. What a spectacular night, Doc Granger filled almost every seat in the house! A special thank you to Doc's wife Elena for providing us with delicious refreshments.
Born in Thomaston, GA, Gary “Doc” Granger remembers sitting on the curb late at night at R Street and West Goodrich Avenue fighting back hot tears and not wanting to move to Atlanta, a decision made by his parents following the death of his 13-year-old sister. Several local personalities had sharpened the youngster’s broadcast and writing ambitions, among them WSFT’S Bill Heule, and Thomaston’s widely syndicated newspaper writer, Olin Miller. Doc says, “Thomaston is where I learned about community, radio, writing, and business customer service; what I learned never left me and I parleyed those values into a sixty-year career beginning at age fifteen at Atlanta’s number one radio station, WQXI, learning from media greats.” Memorable career highlights include a career with America’s top radio companies, being on stage with iconic bands including the Beatles, Eagles, and Charlie Daniels band, to orchestrating the group KISS to the music world. Doc benefited from a critical mentorship from Dr. Martin Luther King while producing many of Dr. King's radio programs. His media and music career provided a front-row seat on a wild-west ride in an industry offering stratospheric highs and lows, interspersed with unforgettable events and people met along the way in his role as a lecturer, media consultant, and published author. “I often reflected on my hometown with increasing nostalgia and searched for a reason to come home.” He found it – the building of a new casual Australian dining restaurant - “Southern Cross Grill – Doc’s 519 Pub” in Thomaston. Doc says, “September 26th at the Upson County Historical Society will be memorable with lots of fun ‘inside’ stories – a robust evening!”
The Upson Historical Society is proud to announce its recent successful grant application through the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council, GHRAC. GHRAC awarded the Upson Historical Society $3,800 toward its preservation project, and the funds will be used to improve the preservation and access of archival materials housed in the Pettigrew-White-Stamps House Museum. We will utilize these funds to establish a system to process, preserve, and rehouse archival materials in our collection such as maps, manuscripts, and photos in a manner consistent with standard archival practices.