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The “Ramp It Up Project” is underway
Despite coronavirus scares and afternoon deluges, the “Ramp It Up Project” continues to move forward. The demolition of the old ramp and steps is complete, the excavation for the new ramps is done, the backfill is finished, and the placing of the new concrete has begun. Once completed, the ADA compliant ramps will link the parking lot with the three north entrances of The Depot and eliminate the previous access from Broad Street. Thanks to all who supported this project during Georgia Gives 2019 and through end of the year gifts. A match grant from the National Society of Colonial Dames of America-Georgia enabled us to finish the project.

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New Treasures for the Brown-Stetson-Sanford House
It was Christmas in August when David and Therese Marshall stopped in The Cottage to talk about their move to Kentucky. They were downsizing and asked if we might provide a home for these treasures that they had lovingly collected. When they heard about the Brown-Stetson-Sanford House Museum, they agreed that the BSSH will provide the perfect venue for visitors, and especially children, to see these treasures and learn about their history. We are grateful to the Marshalls for these gifts to the BSSH collection that will be enjoyed for generations to come!
Miniature Landau Carriage     
Turn of the century German porcelain doll
Hanging depot lamp
Victorian baby carriage, 1860
Recommendations from the Board
Tom Torrance, Trustee and Vice President of the GOCHC Board of Trustees, recommends Once an Eagle by Anton Myrer, as a meaningful read for our times. Once An Eagle is the story of a soldier named Sam Damon, and his lifelong adversary, fellow officer Courtney Massengale.

As a professional soldier, Damon puts duty, honor, and the men under his command above his own self-interest. Massengale, on the other hand, brilliantly advances his career by making the right connections behind the lines and in Washington's halls of power. The conflict between these adversaries begins in rural France during World War I and intensifies in the South Pacific jungles. It reaches its treacherous conclusion in the last major battleground of the Cold War—Vietnam.

This is the unforgettable story of a man who embodies the best in our nation—and in us all.
National Grandparents Day
Family histories, we all have them., the world’s largest genealogy site,,,, and other genealogy sites have made empires out of collecting your family data. Maybe it’s time you shared your family history, and National Grandparents’ Day on September 13th is a great day to start.

Recently my grandson’s ninth grade class was assigned a Social Studies project on family history. He asked for my help gathering the information. Won’t he be surprised when he learns that I have history and records on our family back to the seventeenth century. I can hardly wait for that conversation!

Family histories are important and so accessible today. Make this Grandparents’ Day a time to share yours.
We Tell the Stories…
An unexpected question in 2016 challenged and ultimately emboldened the Trustees of Georgia’s Old Capital Museum to relocate to the Central State Hospital campus in 2017 and plan for an expanded museum. That question was “Why does Milledgeville need another museum anyway?” Indulge me in a little history…

The concept of a museum to recount the history of this region emerged in the early 1990s during the deliberations of the Baldwin 2000+ Committee. The 200th anniversary of the founding of Milledgeville was fast approaching, and the committee members were challenged to find a way to commemorate this anniversary. They recognized that our shared history needed to be recorded and proposed a museum as a venue to transcend age, gender, and race, a place where all would be welcome. Then they built Georgia’s Old Capital Museum. In the museum’s ten galleries were stories of the thriving Native American culture along the Oconee River, of Georgia’s last frontier capital, of the antebellum years when cotton was king, of the founding of the Asylum, of Georgia’s Secession Convention, and of the African-American contribution to the making of Milledgeville. The volunteers and staff of Georgia’s Old Capital Museum told the many stories of our collective history, that we at Georgia’s Old Capital Heritage Center at The Depot, Inc., continue to tell.

Granted, there are many museums in Milledgeville, but Georgia’s Old Capital Museum was unique because it was the only museum in Milledgeville that told the stories of our collective history from Pre-history to the Twentieth Century. Once completed, the exhibits at The Depot will tell even more stories that no one else does.

Watch for information in the mail in late September on how you can join or renew your membership during October Membership Month. Take this opportunity to become a member and Help Tell the Stories!
Georgia's Old Capital Heritage Center | (478)-453-1803| Email | Website
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