You Did It!
The Depot has been Ramped Up
From beginning to end, your generous support during Georgia Gives on Giving Tuesday, 2019, your end-of-the-year donations, and a grant from the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America-Georgia and a matching donation, completed the “Ramp It Up” Project! We now have full ADA ramp access from the parking lot to all three front doors of The Depot.

Georgia Gives, 2020, is Tuesday, December 1st. Our project will be “Light Up The Depot” both with activity and the renovation of the loading dock for an open-air public stage. Watch for more information in November!
October is National Arts & Humanities Month
GOCH's Membership Month:
"Looking Back & Looking Forward: We Tell the Stories"
We have a membership just right for you. Choose one of our Individual/Family Memberships or a Business Partner Membership and get involved! 
Help Tell the Stories
Join or renew during October, 2020, and your name will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card from Aubri Lanes. Enjoy fine dining or takeout.

We’ll be (safely) “Groovin’ in The Grove”
Friday, November 6
Join us for a journey through Rock-n-roll history with these Hall of Fame honorees who sang, played, and/or recorded with some of the biggest names in music. You heard them on the original records, listened to them on the radio, and watched then on TV and in concerts. Enjoy favorites like Don’t Stop Believin’, Africa, In the Summertime, Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog, What a Night, and many more during this one-hour concert on the big screen! We have 11 acres to spread out and take a trip back to the 60s, 70s, and 80s.
Will Stetson Returns
A comparison with family pictures recently identified a portrait in Special Collections at GMC as William Spivey Stetson (1844-1914), the older son of Daniel Burrell Stetson and Edith Wyatt Stetson. The Stetsons purchased the former States Rights Hotel (better known today as the Brown-Stetson-Sanford House) in 1857 as a family home. William lived in the house until 1862 when he enlisted in Company H (Independent Volunteers), 57th Georgia regiment, Army of Tennessee with friends Archibald McKinley and John Richard Bonner. He rose to the rank of 2ndLt. 

Stetson fought at the Battle of Vicksburg and on July 4, 1863, was among the soldiers who surrendered and were taken prisoner. A few months later, he was exchanged and returned to the 57th regiment. He suffered a severe leg wound at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. After the War, he returned to Milledgeville along with friends McKinley and Bonner. He worked a few years at his father’s mercantile store on Wayne Street and then moved to Florida. Descendants of Archibald McKinley and John Richard Bonner still live in Milledgeville.

Special thanks to Mauriel Joslyn, the Special Collections Archivist at GMC, who graciously shared a copy of the original portrait for display at the Brown-Stetson-Sanford House. 
The Bear News
Cold weather is fast approaching so here is the Bear News before it’s time for this particular bear to take the Big Snooze. The Just Imagine Cottage has been lonely since March with few visitors and now no little ones to visit this Halloween and rub my nose and tousle my fur. Best-laid plans—student tours, “Evenings with History,” the Bluegrass Festival, the Second Annual Poker Run, Archeology Day, Girlfriend’s Day—were cancelled.

However, you continued to support us even when our sources of income were shut down. Thank you. We are grateful for funding provided by Georgia Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the Cares Act economic stabilization plan of 2020 and funding through the Small Business Paycheck Protection Program that carried us through the summer. You continue to ask, “How can we help”, and here are my suggestions to ensure better days when I wake up next spring:

● Become a member of the Heritage Center
● Support Georgia Gives & the “Light Up The Depot” Project on Giving Tuesday, December 1st
● Make a year-end gift.

The Bear News is, “Give now so we can gather later.”

Happy Birthday Beegee!
The GOCHC Board of Trustees wished Beegee Baugh, a founder, long-time supporter, and friend, a Happy Birthday at our September Board meeting. Her cake was topped with a replica of The Depot to represent her support for the Heritage Center.

Beegee’s commitment to history, art, and culture led to the founding of Georgia’s Antebellum Capital Museum/Georgia’s Old Capital Museum that grew to become Georgia’s Old Capital Heritage Center at The Depot. Thank you, Beegee, for making Milledgeville a better place to live.

Best wishes for many more Happy Birthdays!
Amy's Recommended Read & Watch

Initially it was the title that attracted my attention--George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yeager. The subject was one about which I knew almost nothing. The quotation from the British Intelligence officer at the front of the book piqued my interest further, “Washington did not really outfight the British, he simply outspied us!” (Major George Beckwith, British Intelligence Officer 1782-1783).

The story was a fascinating read. The bravery of the six spies who made up the deeply secretive intelligence network known as the Culper Spy Ring and infiltrated New York impresses upon us that “Freedom is not free, never has been, and never will be.” (General Tommy Franks, U.S. Army, ret., dustcover).

An interesting adjunct to the book is the Netflix Movie, “Turn: Washington’s Spies” based on the book by Alexander Rose and starring Jamie Bell, Seth Numrich, and Daniel Henshall. The movie takes some liberties with history but provides four seasons of entertaining viewing while we wait out the pandemic!
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