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Column: Historian to address Civil War Round Table of Atlanta
by Sally F. White
Neighbor Newspapers Columnist
March 05, 2014 03:51 PM | 6780 views | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sally F. White
Sally F. White
One of the Civil War’s leading historians, Edwin Cole Bearss, will be the featured speaker at the Civil War Round Table of Atlanta’s dinner Tuesday at the Capital City Club downtown.

A decorated and badly wounded World War II Marine, Bearss earned a bachelor’s degree in foreign service from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in history from Indiana University. He is historian emeritus of the National Park Service and has published more than two dozen books on the Civil War. Gettysburg is the most written-about battle in American history and Bearss will review the “Myths of Gettysburg” for the evening program. Among his many honors are the Harry S. Truman Award for Civil War work and the Bruce Catton Award for his Civil War writings.

The nonprofit round table was organized in 1949 with the purpose to further the serious discussion and study of the American Civil War. The monthly dinner events start with a social hour and include programs featuring a Who’s Who of Civil War authorities and academics. Art Carey is the round table’s current president.

Reservations and information: (770) 473-1390 or

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Visiting Nurse Health System is offering free Camp STARS bereavement sessions March 14 through 16 at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge.

First known as a special retreat for children who had lost a family member, its outdoor facility was opened to families in 1994 for three-day weekend sessions for mothers, fathers, siblings, sons, grandparents, aunts — whoever has experienced a loss through death.

The first away-from-home camp of its kind in Georgia, the program helps people understand their feelings of loss are normal, and they are not alone as they share their loss and grief. A nurturing, fully accessible environment is provided for families to meet others in similar situations and learn how to grieve in emotionally healthy ways. The camps are staffed by counselors, social workers, chaplains and community volunteers who have experience working with the bereaved.

 “Visiting Nurse is honored to give back to the community by providing these bereavement camps. Generous donors fund the camps and our compassionate staff members volunteer their time and knowledge because they are aware of how important it is to support families in their grief process,” camp Director Barbara Moore said.

Spaces are limited and pre-registration is required.

Founded in 1948, Visiting Nurse is Georgia’s largest nonprofit provider of health care at home and hospice. Its mission is to improve the lives of patients and their families with compassionate, quality care to all patients regardless of diagnosis or ability to pay.

Registration and information: (404) 869-3086 or

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The fourth annual White Coat Grady Gala, set for March 15 at the Georgia Aquarium downtown, will honor Health care Heroes and benefit Grady Health System.

Hosted by the Grady Health Foundation, the formal black-tie evening will celebrate the men and women who help make Grady Memorial Hospital the largest hospital in the state and the public hospital for the city of Atlanta. It is one of the busiest Level I trauma centers in the country.

The honorees are awe-inspiring physicians and philanthropists who provide unparalleled care to the state with the same goal: To serve the nonprofit Grady Health System and achieve the vision of becoming the leading public healthcare system in the U.S. by funding and accelerating capital renovation and advancing medical technology and clinical programs.

Dr. Nanette Wenger will receive the Senior Sage Award for her passion and dedication to transform the face of cardiology and for her 50 years of pioneering service to Grady. Dr. Roland Matthews, director of the Georgia Cancer Center, will get the Inspiring Mentor Award for being a leading voice and teacher on issues of healing disparities in underserved communities. Just eight years out of medical school, Dr. Aaron Anderson will earn the Next Generation Healer Award as a pioneering force as a vascular neurologist at the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center.

Additional recognition from the Ada Lee and Pete Correll Healthcare Legacy Award will go to Kaiser Permanente this year.

The 2014 event co-chairs are Jennifer and Tom Bell and Roz and John Brewer.

The foundation supports not only Grady’s trauma center but extends its mission to its other facilities: the Correll Cardiac Center, the 24/7 Rape Crisis Center, the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence, the state’s only Poison Control Center, the Georgia Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center and the world’s first 24-hour comprehensive primary care clinic.

Tickets and information: (404) 489-1550 or

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The nation’s most respected craft artists will exhibit and sell their latest one-of-a-kind work at the American Craft Council Show March 14 through 16 at the Cobb Galleria Centre on Cobb Parkway near Vinings.

This will mark the 25th year for the council to mount the Southeast’s largest juried craft show in Atlanta. More than 225 artists will showcase and sell hand-made jewelry, furniture, clothing, home décor and more.

A ticketed preview party March 13 will draw funds to support programs for both the council and the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences in Rabun Gap.

The evening will welcome guests for cocktails including single-malt Scotch whiskey tastings presented by The Balvenie, hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment and the opportunity to meet participating artists and purchase their works ahead of the next-day crowds. Dress is “crafty chic.”

The preview will also give attendees a first look at new on-site exhibitions. Ten metro Atlanta designers have partnered with artists to create craft-inspired room vignettes: Make Room: Modern Design Meets Craft and Let’s Entertain. An additional introduction will be the American Craft Charm Collection, an exclusive handmade assortment of charms, charm bracelets, cluster pendants and pins by talented jewelry artists.

The welcoming co-chairs are Lucinda Bunnen, Marianne Lambert, Liz Lapidus, Cathy Woolard and Karen Geney. Bill Peace is serving as the honorary design chair.

The council is a national, educational nonprofit founded in 1943 with the mission to promote understanding and appreciation of contemporary American craft and celebrating the achievements of today’s gifted artists. Programs include the bimonthly magazine, American Craft, annual juried shows presenting artists and their work, the Aileen Osborn Webb Awards honoring those who enrich the craft field and a specialized library, workshops, seminars, conferences and exhibitions.

A partner in the opening benefit is the 75-year-old nonprofit Hambidge Center, a 600-acre creative art sanctuary in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia. Individuals in residence have access to affordable private studios and accommodations. The public is invited to visit the campus for a series of rotating programs including artists’ talks, nature hikes, gallery openings and other art-oriented events.

Tickets and information: (678) 613-3396 or

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The Foundation of Wesley Woods is hosting its 25th anniversary Heroes, Saints and Legends event March 15 at The Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead to recognize remarkable seniors who continue to significantly enrich metro Atlanta.

The careers and contributions of three over-60 honorees continue to enhance the greater community: The Rev. Don Harp, minister emeritus of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Buckhead; Dr. Linton Hopkins, professor emeritus of neurology at Emory University in DeKalb County; and Ingrid Saunders Jones, retired vice president of global community connections for the Coca-Cola Co. Lonnie Ali, wife of retired boxer Muhammad Ali, will receive the Key to a Cure Award in recognition of her tireless efforts to raise awareness and find a cure and treatment for those afflicted with Parkinson’s disease.

Funds from the evening will benefit the older adults served by the Wesley Woods Center at Emory through care and research, focused on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

Wesley Woods Senior Living and Emory have been key partners since the 1950s, when the university made property on Clifton Road available as a permanent home for Wesley Woods Towers, Budd Terrace, Wesley Woods Outpatient Health Center and, later, the Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods.

Since 1954 Wesley Woods has served seniors from all religious denominations and income levels, offering a full range of geriatric services from retirement communities and independent living across north Georgia, along with comprehensive medical care at its center and support for research initiatives in the geriatric health field.

The foundation serves as the connection point between generous supporters in the community and the practical life-changing work for which Wesley Woods is respected and renowned.

Tickets and information: (404) 728-6204 or

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Garden and horticultural enthusiasts are invited to enjoy a series of events including three lectures starting March 19 in conjunction with the new traveling exhibition “Following in the Bartrams’ Footsteps: Contemporary Artists Explore the Bartrams’ Botanical Legacy,” hosted by the Cherokee Garden Library in McElreath Hall at the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead.

In addition to the world-class botanical artwork in the exhibit, there will be a companion exhibition featuring rare books, historic maps and artifacts from the library’s collections and a living component in the center’s Mary Howard Gilbert Memorial Quarry Garden so visitors of all ages can understand and appreciate American horticultural heritage and the natural world.

Considered the Father of American Botany, John Bartram, 1699-1777, was a prominent early American horticulturist and explorer. His third son, William Bartram, 1739-1823, carried on his father’s explorations. Bartram’s Garden, their eight-acre property in Philadelphia, is cited as the first true botanic collection in North America.

The loaned exhibit was organized by the American Society of Botanical Artists at the New York Botanical Garden in collaboration with Bartram’s Garden.

An opening event lecture and reception March 19 will feature Joel Fry, curator of the garden. Fry will present a survey of William Bartram’s illustrations and examine the scope and influence of his career. Mary Wayne Dixon is chairing the opening.

The second lecture and reception, titled William Bartram’s Surprising Travels, is set for April 27. It will feature author and editor Kathryn Holland Braund, a professor of Southern history at Auburn University. Her talk will be followed by a special exploration of the Bartrams’ flora in the Quarry Garden led by Sarah Roberts, the center’s director of historic gardens and living collections.

In addition, artist and author Philip Juras will focus on natural landscapes in the June 4 lecture titled Searching for the Southern Frontier: Landscapes Inspired by Bartram’s Travels.

Youngsters will hop on the garden experience to learn about plants and flowers and create their own art inspired by the botanical world: Homeschool Explorers April 10, Little Explorers for toddlers May 12 and a hands-on nature summer camp June 2 through 6.

The library at center’s Kenan Research Center serves as an educational resource for gardening, landscape design, garden history, floral design, botanical art and plant ecology. The all-inclusive history center also includes one of the Southeast’s largest history museums, two historic houses and the 1860s Smith Family Farm, the Centennial Olympic Games Museum, plus 22 acres of historic gardens.

Reservations are required for all three lectures.

Tickets and information: (404) 814-4046 or

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