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Pioneer life and politics focus at history center
Family Day hits five years; Blackwood to speak Tuesday
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Georgia’s pioneer life and current Georgia politics will be topics featured at the Northeast Georgia History Center in the coming week.

Pioneer Life in Northeast Georgia will be the focus from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at the center at 322 Academy St. NE in Gainesville.

Visitors will experience aspects of pioneer life through demonstrations and hands-on activities such as dyeing fabrics using natural dyes, starting a fire with flint, steel and tinder and milking a cow. Participants also will hear a history of trapping and hunting and see square dance performances at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.

Admission is free.

Pioneer day also marks the fifth year of Family Days at the history center.

Two days later, Gainesville resident Harris Blackwood will present a humorous overview of Georgia politics at 7 p.m. Blackwood is director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for the state of Georgia and a Sunday columnist for The Times.

Admission is $3 for nonmembers and free for members.

For more information, call 770-297-5900 or visit or email

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