Polar Express Reading & Trains at the Old Chatsworth Depot
Christmas is coming to the Old Chatsworth Depot on Sat., Dec. 1 prior to the annual 6:00 p.m. Christmas Parade through downtown. The historic 1905 L & N Chatsworth train depot on First Avenue will be open from noon until 4:00 p.m., celebrating the holidays with the always-anticipated Polar Express Day.
The depot will be decorated for Christmas, & the highlight of the afternoon will be model Christmas trains set up & running in the former freight room by local train enthusiasts Ted Yarbrough & other members of the Georgia Garden Railway Society. Popular local educator C L Dunn will return with his wonderful readings of The Polar Express on the half hour.
Refreshments will be served. Be sure to bring your camera. The event is free for children 10 & under when accompanied by a paid adult. A $2 donation for ages 11 & up is requested with all proceeds going to the continued preservation of the Depot, Chatsworth's oldest building. The event is co-sponsored by the Chatsworth-Murray County Library & the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society. For more information, call the library at 706-695-4200.
Whitfield County Native Receives
Prestigious Governor’s Award
Dr. Ellen Keith Thompson, a lifelong resident of Whitfield County, has been selected as one of only ten recipients in the State of Georgia for the prestigious 2018 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities.
The presentation was made by Governor Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal in an impressive ceremony on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta.
The Governor’s Awards are presented annually by the Georgia Humanities Council in partnership with the Georgia Council for the Arts and the Office of the Governor to recognize individuals and organizations that have demonstrated a significant commitment to the civic or cultural vitality of the state.
The selection of Dr. Thompson for this distinguished honor caps nearly a half-century of educational and community service in Whitfield and Murray Counties.
Dr. Thompson’s career in education spanned a remarkable 40 years of service in Whitfield and Murray County Schools. Her positions record the success of her long and effective career: classroom teacher, system resource teacher of the gifted, director of language arts, gifted, fine arts, foreign languages, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) programs, and fifteen years as Varnell Elementary School principal.
Throughout her career in education Dr. Thompson was an enthusiastic promoter of programs that emphasized arts and humanities for students. She was a prime advocate and campaigner for inclusion of both fine arts and performing arts in the schools, initiating projects and policies that continue today to benefit thousands of students and the northwest Georgia community.
Ellen Thompson’s long and distinguished record in volunteer work is equally as impressive, both in her community and in the state. The range of organizations in which she has served in major leadership roles affirms her strong commitment to the arts and the humanities.
Thompson was a charter member of the 1976 reorganization of the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society, and continues to play an active and energetic role in the Society. Today the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society is a vibrant part of the Whitfield-Murray community, and is one of the most successful historical societies in Georgia. It owns, has restored, maintains, and successfully manages eight beautiful historic properties, far exceeding property responsibilities of most communities its size.
For decades Dr. Thompson has been a passionate advocate of the O.N. Jonas Foundation, an organization that sponsors the performance and visual arts in local schools. She has long been a champion of the preservation and promotion of Prater’s Mill and a valuable leader of Lesche, the oldest women’s literary club in the state. For five years she served on the statewide Georgia Humanities Council. And, she has been a supporter of the Dalton Little Theatre, serving in many roles, including board member and (currently) trustee.
A crowning achievement by Dr. Ellen Thompson came to fruition in December 2016. Her love of local history, literary talents, and educational career came together in the publication of Historic Photographs of the Whitfield County Schools. Covering a century of the county’s school history from the 1870s to the 1970s, this magnificent 543-page volume is the product of 30 years of research.
Dr. Ellen Thompson received her early education from Dalton Public Schools, the B.A. and M.S. degrees in English from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and the Ph.D. in educational administration and supervision from Georgia State University in Atlanta. She is married to Art Thompson, and has three children, Bryn, Graham, and Sarah, and eight grandchildren.
Copies of Dorothy "Dot" McCrory's poetry book, "Too Much Cider in the Applesauce," are available at the Crown Gardens & Archives, 715 Chattanooga Ave., Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Copies are $25. A copy can be mailed for $30. Book sales benefit the Lesche Club scholarship fund.
Copies of the Historic Photographs of The Whitfield County Schools Available For Purchase!
The Historic Photographs of The Whitfield County Schools by Ellen Keith Thompson is available for purchase. If you're interested in purchasing the book, please maila check payable to WMHS to P.O. Box 6180Dalton, GA. 30722 in the amount of $50 (includes shipping and handling). Or, you can purchase the book at the Crown Gardens & Archives for $45 located on 715 Chattanooga Avenue, Dalton, GA. 30722. All the proceeds from the books sales will the basis of the endowmenet fund for the 40th Anniversary.
Hours at Crown Garden and Archives!
To better serve our community we will now be open M-F 10am - 4pm. We will also be open by appointment on weekends and evenings for research and events! To make an appoinment please call during our business hours!
Hours at Blunt House, Hamilton House, and Huff House!
The Blunt House and Huff House are open for tours on Fridays from 10 until 4. Hamilton House is open by appointment by calling the Archives at (706) 278-0217.