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UNG helps preserve Oconee County history

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Students, faculty and staff from the University of North Georgia's Oconee Campus helped with the inaugural History on the Lawn event last year.

The University of North Georgia (UNG) is partnering with the Oconee Historical Society (OHS) to present the second annual History on the Lawn Celebration, which is set for Sunday, Sept. 21 at Ashford Manor in downtown Watkinsville.

The History on the Lawn event in
Watkinsville is dedicated to
preserving area history.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the manor and celebrates the history and families of Oconee County. The public is encouraged to bring old family photos, art, maps, documents, letters, diaries, and clippings, which will be scanned at the event and placed in the OHS archives. Visitors will also be able to see Oconee County's history through pictures and videos, and tell their personal historical stories and have them recorded for future generations to enjoy.

"History on the Lawn gives UNG students an opportunity to learn about oral histories and Oconee County history. In addition to the service-learning opportunity, our students can benefit from the research materials this event will provide," said Allison Galloup, special collections and digital initiatives librarian. "UNG Special Collections is the repository for the Oconee Historical Society. As such, the materials that have been donated by OHS are available to our students for research."

UNG's Oconee Campus helped plan the inaugural event in 2013, and UNG students, faculty, and staff from all campuses came together to help with the event.

"Our campus immediately recognized a golden opportunity for UNG to establish stronger ties to the community here in Oconee County and to support our mission for greater public engagement," said George Justice, UNG lecturer of history.

Again this year, UNG also will assist OHS in preserving the history of Oconee County by scanning photographs and interviewing residents.

"We have established an important and ongoing relationship with this organization that will bear much fruit as we continue to assist them in archiving and preserving the photographs and interviews acquired at the event," Justice said. "This is truly a model for demonstrating the ways in which UNG can make an indelible footprint in the communities it serves and for teaching students about civic responsibilities."

Everyone is encouraged to bring their own meals, tables and chairs and enjoy all of the books, arts, crafts, music, and games available at the event.

For more information on the Oconee Historical Society, please visit

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