Holiday Open House - A Great Success!!

We had a terrific turn-out for our Holiday Open House on Sunday, with so many familiar faces and many new ones. We really appreciate everyone who came and joined us to honor Steven Bramlett for his many devoted years as EPHS Curator. Mrs. Adele McPherson, Steve's Mother, was able to make it and was wonderfully overwhelmed with the out-pouring of affection for Steve. Olen and Ora Jean Gunnin were also in attendance and it was good to see them both at the center of attention at the facility once again, we miss them both! We will share some photo memories of the event soon, if you took pictures you'd like to share, please email them to . Many members chose this occasion to renew their memberships for the coming year and we are grateful for our returning members and the new members that joined the Society yesterday.

We will be closed the Thursday and Saturday of Thanksgiving week. exness demo

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, have a safe holiday and make some great memories this holiday season!

EPHS 2011 Holiday Open House

So much has happened since the last post.

Thanks to the dedication of a newly formed group, the East Point Preservation Alliance, and the support of the Mayor, Her Honor Mrs. Ernestine Pittman, the Members of City Council and the City Manager, Mr. Crandall Jones, The East Point Historical Society is proud to share that the City's Centennial Quilt is once again available for the public to view and enjoy.

Getting the Quilt moved proved to have a life of its own, such that the Board Members had to make the decision to change the focus of what will be unveiled in Steven Bramlett's memory at the Holiday Open House quarterly meeting this November 20.

We were going to dedicate a new display case of African-American artifacts to Steven Bramlett, our former Curator, along with dedicating a room to him with a plaque.

However, the opportunity to acquire the Quilt came to us this October when the City Auditorium building was suddenly condemned and we had to move fast, because the Quilt was inside and at risk. Most of our Members are probably aware of Steven's oft-voiced desire to display the Quilt at EPHS, and now that dream was within our grasp!

Today, that dream is a reality. The Quilt has had a gentle dry-cleaning and a room at the facility has been rearranged and everything taken off one wall in order to accommodate this enormous quilt. This is not your Grandma's bed-quilt, it's big!

We will decorate the Historical Society on Thursday, November 17th from 4:00 pm until 6:00 PM and we would welcome a few volunteers to help us get the facility holiday-ready! We've had a few offers from people to volunteer, and this would be a great time to help us!

We hope everyone will come to see the new home of the East Point Centennial Quilt at the Historical Society. Bring your favorite recollections of East Point and bring a dish of food to share with everyone. Join us at 2:00 PM for the dedication of a plaque and the Quilt in Steven Bramlett's honor.

Open House - Dedication in Honor of Steven Bramlett

The Open House quarterly meeting is November 20 at the EPHS facility on Norman Berry. At this event, we will be dedicating a room to our former Curator, Steven Bramlett, as well as a new display case of African-American artifacts related to East Point history. Donations we have received in Steven's memory will fund this new display case.

Anyone who still wishes to make a donation in Steven's name, please send your check to EPHS @ PO Box 90675, East Point GA 30364-0675, with a note designating that your donation is in Steven's memory. We would also like to encourage donations of items for inclusion in this display of East Point related African-American history.

We appreciate everyone's contributions to this display, which was at the top of Steven's wish list for the facility, and we hope you will join us in November for the dedication. etoro demo

We would like to thank Malcolm E. McDuffie for his informative presentation on the quest to get Historic Utoy Cemetery placed on the Georgia National Register of Historic Places. He shared some great photos of the cemetery's transformation and snapshots of the mounds of paperwork required, and shared the link to where these materials are posted on facebook.

We were fortunate to have Major Perry E. Bennett and Terrance White of the Utoy Cemetery Association also in attendance and we appreciated their additional insights into the history of Utoy Cemetery. The Association is currently awaiting approval to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. We wish them a speedy approval. Thanks again to the members of Utoy Cemetery Association for bringing your presentation to our Quarterly Membership Meeting.

EPHS Quarterly Meeting, Sunday August 28 at 3:00 PM

Malcolm McDuffie, Vice President of the Utoy Cemetery Association, will be the Guest Speaker at the next membership meeting of the East Point Historical Society. Mr. McDuffie will speak about the effort it took to get Utoy Cemetery on the Georgia Register of Historic Places.

Please join us on Sunday, August 28th, at 3:00 p.m, at the East Point Avenue United Methodist Church (Nellie's Chapel) at 2792 East Point Avenue in East Point across from City Hall to hear the story of Utoy Cemetery's successful quest for historic registration.

Open to the Public.

EPHS Welcomes Ken Whitehead, Our New Curator

This is old news to the growing number of members and non-members who follow the East Point Historical Society on Facebook, where Ken has already posted some interesting old photos and observations, great conversation starters!

Ken Whitehead is an amateur genealogist and self-styled "history nut". He has a BBA degree in accounting from Kennesaw State College. He is married to East Point native and Russell High graduate, Jean Callahan, who is also the sister of our Board Member, Wylie Callahan.

Ken served in the U.S. Navy's Naval Security Group as a Cryptographic Technician in Morocco, North Africa. After the Navy, he worked for over forty years for Firestone/Bridgestone before retiring as the senior internal auditor for north Georgia. olimp trade

Jean and Ken have live in East Point several times over the years, as well as in seven other states and two foreign countries. They have three children, nine grandchildren and one great grandson.

Welcome to EPHS, Ken!

Utoy Cemetery Now on the Georgia Register of Historic Places

The following note from Malcom McDuffie is great news .... and we are proud to say that Malcom McDuffie, the driving force behind this project, is a member of the East Point Historical Society. Congratulations to Utoy Cemetery!
—Charles Strickland for the EPHS

"Friday June 10, 2011

Dear Utoy Cemetery Association, Inc, Officers, Members & Friends,

GOOD NEWS! Utoy Cemetery was APPROVED today by the Georgia National Register of Historic Places Review Board Meeting today.

This places the Utoy Cemetery on the Georgia Register of Historic Places, and our National nomination will be forwarded to the U.S. Interior Department, Parks Division for approval for the National Register of Historic Places.

Thanks to our President, Major Perry Bennett, and to our Vice President, Terry White, for their invaluable contribution to the very complex application package.

We are all elated.

Warm regards,

Malcolm McDuffie-Vice President
Utoy Cemetery Association, Inc."

This is great news!
Utoy Cemetery, founded in 1816, is Atlanta's oldest cemetery, according to the Utoy Cemetery Association's website, which may be seen at this webaddress:

“Gone With The Wind” Benefit Event

The East Point Corner Tavern is sponsoring an event to benefit EPHS. On Monday, June 6th they will run a screening of the 1939 classic movie “Gone With The Wind”, based on the novel by Atlantan, Margaret Mitchell. There are many among younger generations that are unfamiliar with GWTW and its importance to a better understanding of the history and character of the South during the civil war and in particular, the Atlanta area. This is an opportunity to pass along stories and lore about the premier of the movie in Atlanta, and best of all, from 7:00 p.m. to closing, The East Point Corner Tavern will donate 15% of all proceeds to EPHS! Costumes are encouraged and there will be door prizes. Mint Juleps will be on special to set the mood. The Corner Tavern is located at 2783 Main Street in East Point, and the phone number is 404-768-0007. Come mingle and share your knowledge and memories of this classic film with people who may be seeing “Gone With The Wind” for the very first time.

Tri-Cities Historical Societies’ Annual Event

The Hapeville Historical Society has planned a daytrip to the Peachstate Aerodrome in Williamson, Ga on Saturday, June 4, 2011 for the Antique Airplane Fly-In event and lunch at the Barnstormer’s Grill near by. The trip will be made in reserved vans that will depart at 9:00 a.m. from the Hapeville Recreation Center (aka Hoyt Smith Center), at 3444 N. Fulton Avenue, next to the Hapeville Elementary School (fka Hapeville High) The expected return time is no later than 3:00 p.m. Reservations may be made as long as there is space available up through May 20th. Attendees may also choose to drive their own car or to ride in a private automobile with someone else. Either way, indicate your preference when making the reservations.

Transportation cost per person on the rented van will be between $7.00 and $10.00, depending on the number of reservations received. The museum is free. Lunch at the Barnstormer Café costs $6.00 for the salad bar; $3.00 - $6.00 for soup & sandwiches; and full dinners cost from $9.00 - $20.00. For more questions and to reserve a place, please contact either Bill Whitlock 678-428-4065 or Charlotte Rentz 404-766- 3442 (hm/ofc) or 404-641-5071 (cell).

A Fond Farewell to Steven Bramlett

Just as we celebrate the happy event of our newly designed newsletter going out containing exciting new events planned, we received the sad and tragic news that our esteemed Curator and Historian, Mr. Steven K. Bramlett had died. His unfortunate passing occurred on April 29 within the halls of his beloved East Point Historical Society Museum. The news came as a total shock to his family, friends and fellow Board Members of EPHS. Steve was the essential factor, the key cog, if you will, that enabled our group to function as an entity. As long as there is an EPHS, his spirit will burn brightly within our organization. He will be deeply missed. Our deepest condolences go out to his mother, Mrs. Adele Mcpherson, and to his family and friends.
—Walter Griffin and The Board

Historic Bethel Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Clean up and Restoration Plans.

Photo by: Rhonda Brady Rampy.

Bethel Primitive Baptist Church and cemetery is located on Stone Rd. just off of Washington Rd. and is the burial ground for some of East Point's early settlers. Originally a burial ground for members of the Thomas Hornsby family, The land was donated for the establishment of a church in the late 1800's or early 1900's with church member burials beginning shortly thereafter.

Plans are underway to clean and clear the entire cemetery of brush and to have the one room meeting house restored. Those with family members buried in this historic East Point cemetery may become involved by volunteering on work days and/or donating to the restoration fund. Funds are also accepted from non family members who wish to take part in preserving this piece of the city's history. To become involved or for more information call 770-923-4586.

Quarterly meeting a success!

The East Point Historical Society Board of Directors (Two members absent in this photo.)

Our Quarterly meeting on March 20, 2011 was a success! Our new and returning Board of Directors were voted into office by our membership, we are very excited with there enthusiasm and you can expect great things from the East Point Historical Society. Mr. and Mrs. Gunnin were in attendance and were very pleased to have our research library named in their honor and were touched by the plaque which was unveiled.

The attendees enjoyed our special speaker Hal Doby and his presentation on Movie Palaces and the Fox Theatre. We give our sincerest thanks to Mr. Doby for taking his time to come and share his experiences with us.

Our guest speaker, Hal Doby with EPHS board members Meg LaFrantz and Kassandra Ware.

In addition to Mr. Doby, we also thank the follow for their contributions:

East Point Avenue United Methodist Church.
Blue Ribbon Awards in Hapeville.
The East Point Main Street Association. (For Advertisement on their website.)
East Point Examined. (For advertisement on that website.)

We hope to have some photos from the event posted shortly, so please stay tuned!

Search Hillcrest Cemetery Burials online.

We, along with some volunteer Find.A.Grave contributors have added the basic records of Hillcrest to that external site. You may browse the listing or search for individual names. If you do not see a burial that you know for a fact is there, you can join and add it or you can email us the information. If you see one that has an incomplete date, name or you want to add a bio for that person, you may send that also.

Search Hillcrest Cemetery Here.

Over 7,000 names added so far.

Open House 2010.

Below, Ora Jean Gunnin is honored by EPHS President Walter Griffin for her years of dedicated service to the East Point Historical Society.

Click Here to see more photos of the Open House held on Nov.21, 2010.

Special gift from a special group.

The Frog Hollow Neighborhood Association has donated a brand new "Bounty Hunter Tracker IV Metal Detector" to the East Point Historical Society. This will help us to find new artifacts to display and preserve at the EPHS that are hidden in the soil of East Point, it will also help to pin point areas of interest for further documentation. It will allow us to raise funds by finding items for residents they may loose for a donation to the EPHS.

Thank you Frog Hollow Neighborhood Association.