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New ABAC Lecture Series Opens to Public September 25

TIFTON – Fascinating topics abound in a new lecture series opening Sept. 25 at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

Dr. James Galt-Brown said the ABAC History Lecture Series touches on how the events and decisions of the past resonate in every aspect of our lives.

“This series explores issues both past and present and how those issues affect us each day,” Galt-Brown, a professor of history in the School of Arts and Sciences, said.

Dr. Jess Usher, an assistant professor of history, kicks off the series on Sept. 25 when he speaks on “An Examination of American Immigration History” at 7 p.m. in Howard Auditorium.  The public is invited to attend at no charge.

“The history of immigration in America and what constitutes illegal actions are worthy of examination,” Usher said.  “As is often the case, a knowledge of history might help to overcome ignorance.”

Three other lectures in the series include Galt-Brown speaking on “Lasting Impacts: 100 Years After World War I” on Nov. 19, Dr. Hans Schmeisser on “Henry Clay and the Making of America” on Feb. 28, 2019, and Dr. Wendy Harrison on “The Georgia Chautauqua in Albany” on March 12, 2019.  All lectures begin at 7 p.m. in Howard Auditorium.

For more information regarding the ABAC History Lecture Series, interested persons can contact Galt-Brown at (229) 391-5078 or jgaltbrown@abac.edu.

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Info Sessions for Volunteers at ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture

TIFTON—Lynn McDonald believes that volunteering your time will gain you benefits for life.  And McDonald, the volunteer coordinator at the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Georgia Museum of Agriculture (GMA), has some terrific opportunities available just for you.

“Volunteering is great for your mental outlook and physical health,” McDonald said.  “By volunteering, you’ll make new friends, learn about history, and stimulate the mind of a young person.”

Volunteer Brenda Fordham prepares beverages in the Drug Store at ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture.

Two information sessions outlining available volunteer opportunities will be held at the GMA on Sept. 22 at 10 a.m. and Sept. 27 at 5:30 p.m. Both will be in the Peanut Museum Conference Room behind the Country Store.

“Volunteering is very flexible,” McDonald said.  “You might be helping out in the Historic Village once or twice a week or assisting with one of our many festivals once or twice every couple of months.”

McDonald said other benefits for volunteers include free admission and the ability to earn tickets for friends and family.    

“On a typical day in the Village, you could be sharing the beauty of the Tift House, the wonder of the farm, or the treats of the Drug Store,” McDonald said.  “On other days, you could be playing games of the 1880s, treating guests to open fire cooking, or sharing customs of the past. We also have indoor jobs including office work and flyer distributions.”

For more information, interested persons can contact McDonald prior to the meeting dates at lmcdonald@abac.edu  or at 229-391-5223.

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Constitution Day Ceremony at ABAC on September 21

TIFTON–Elizabeth Matherne, lead attorney with the Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (SIFI), will speak at the annual Constitution Day ceremony at 2 p.m. on Sept. 21 in the Chapel of All Faiths on the campus of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

The SIFI team provides free services to immigrant detainees at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) which is controlled by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. ICDC is the second largest facility of this type in Georgia.

Matherne will be joined by team attorney Erin Argueta and program director Lisa Walters for a question and answer session. Their work falls in line with the United States Constitution as it centers around the right to due process for all people on American soil, as addressed in the Fourth Amendment and the 14th Amendment.

ABAC has a natural tie to the annual Constitution Day because Abraham Baldwin, the namesake for the institution, was one of only two Georgia signers for the historic document 231 years ago on Sept. 17, 1787 in Philadelphia.

When the 39 men signed the Constitution, they set the stage for a quality of life in America that still exists today. The Constitution is the oldest and shortest national constitution in existence.  William Few was the only other Georgia signer of the 4,543-word document.

Baldwin was born on Nov. 22, 1754 in Guilford, Conn., as the son of a blacksmith. He enrolled at Yale College

Elizabeth Matherne. Photo courtesy of miplawllc.com

at the age of 14 and completed his degree in 1772.  He studied theology and stayed at Yale as a tutor until 1779.  He served on George Washington’s staff as a chaplain during the Revolutionary War.

When the Revolutionary War was over, Baldwin began a study of law. After being admitted to the bar, he

moved to Georgia in 1783 to set up a law practice near Augusta.  Georgia Governor Lyman Hall then asked him to develop an educational plan for Georgia on both the secondary and post-secondary level. One year later, Baldwin was elected to the Georgia House of Assembly and in 1787 he represented Georgia as a member of the Constitutional Convention.

Baldwin later became the first president of the University of Georgia.  A colorful panel depicting his career is a key part of the ABAC history exhibit in the Tift Hall administration building.