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May 25

Archaeology Day- June 9th

Posted on May 25, 2018 at 4:06 PM by Jamesan Stuckey

Be sure to mark your calendar for June 9th. A group of experts from the Ocmulgee Archaeological Society will be in the Archives Conference Room from 12-4PM to answer any questions you may have regarding artifacts in your personal collection.

This is a FREE event and marks a renewed partnership between the Ocmulgee Archaeological Society, Upson Historical Society, and the Thomaston-Upson Archives. Previous Archaeology Day events were held in the Archives, from 2006-2010.

Feel free to bring anything you have unearthed such as pottery or arrowheads and discover what others have found. Archaeologist Stephen Hammack offered, “People want to know what type of artifacts they have and how old they are. We can tell them anything about an artifact; we just can’t tell them how much it’s worth.”

Come learn about the prehistory and history of Upson County as well as Middle Georgia, in this one day only event, and don’t forget your artifacts!

May 17

Hartford Pryor- "I Remember When" -Paulk's Pharmacy & Vali-Jean Inn

Posted on May 17, 2018 at 1:57 PM by Jamesan Stuckey

If you’re a member of the Upson Historical Society, you may likely remember a column which frequently appeared in the monthly newsletter. Beginning in 1997 with Elizabeth Adams Storey, the “I Remember When” series would recollect Thomaston related history throughout the years. Then, in 1998, Mr. Hartford Pryor took over writing the column for the next 12 years. Living in Thomaston since he was five years old, Pryor would write stories about working in Thomaston Mills, all the stores that occupied Five Points, making snow ice cream in the 1930’s, and nearly anything else that came to mind. Here in the Archives, we’ve retained these stories.

Try visiting us sometime and read about the story of the “Blind Man’s Store” on the corner of Holston Dr. and Triune Mill Rd.

Here is one discussing the Vali-Jean Inn and Paulk’s Pharmacy.

I remember when the engineering department of Thomaston Mills, now known as “The Pink Palace”, and located on Barnesville Street across from the front gate of the Thomaston Division, was a picture show. East Thomaston Baptist Church, which was up the street on Avenue F, used that building for Sunday School in the morning and BYPU (Baptist Young Peoples Union) in the evening. The upstairs was used by “The Eastern Star Lodge” and “The Woodmen of the World”.

(In) later years, Doctor Elijah A. Paulk rented this building and opened Paulk’s Pharmacy. There was a large hotel across from the drug store that Dr. Paulk and his wife, Valery, opened. They rented out the rooms and served meals. The hotel was named “Florence Hotel”, but Mrs. Paulk changed it to the “Vali-Jean Hotel.” Dr. and Mrs. Paulk lived there 12 years. Sometimes Mrs. Paulk would let other people come in and eat. Mrs. Paulk had to hire a crew to help feed everybody. She had about the same number of carry-outs going to the mill as she had eat-ins. She was one good cook. Once you tried it out, there was no stopping. The meal was approx. $1.25…

(Hartford Pryor's "I Remember When Columns" no. 100-3)

Photos: Florence Hotel, 1925, Historical Photos Collection, Thomaston-Upson Archives and Mr. Hartford Pryor, ca 1990's


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May 03

Tips for Handling Your Family Photographs

Posted on May 3, 2018 at 4:31 PM by Jamesan Stuckey

An excellent quick guide for storing your family photographs.

*The following list is from Click link below for proper credit*

Look for products that state they are acid free and pvc free. (If using tissue paper or other paper products as dividers, look for the term “buffered” as well!)

If nothing else, always remember to identify everyone in your photos and include dates! Your future descendants will want to know who you are. Although make sure to use a photo safe marking pencil. Try General's Scribe Acid Free pencils at Walmart, Stabilo pencils from Amazon, or any trusted Archival supplier such as Gaylord. 

Click here to see full article. 

When it comes to your photographs, the single-most important thing you need to do is protect them from the “Big 3” hazards: acid, lignin and PVC.

10 Don’ts to Practice If You’re Serious about Saving Your Photos and Your Sanity 

  1. Don't keep your photos in magnetic albums, even if they claim to be archival safe! (Not sure whether you've got a magnetic album? Read our "5 Tell-tale signs" in the section on magnetic albums and find out.) 
  2. Don’t write on the back of your photos with a ballpoint pen or marker! (Unless of course, you'd like to see your writing emboss itself onto the front of your picture).
  3. Don’t store your photographs in the attic, garage or the basement! 
  4. Don’t relegate your precious photographs to an acid-filled shoebox (where they will die a slow, agonizing death)! 
  5. Don’t keep every picture! (Surprised you with that one, didn’t we?) Your photo collection will be much more meaningful if you keep only those photos that truly stir your emotions. And besides, if you learn to purge, then your process of organizing will be SO MUCH easier! 
  6. Don’t leave your future descendants wondering who you were and what was important to you. (I mean come on, they’re going to need some explanation of that hairstyle you wore in the 80’s!) 
  7. Don’t leave your one-of-a-kind photos in a frame where they may fade from the sun. (O.k. confession time....we learned this one the hard way.) 
  8. Don't do something crazy in your attempts to organize your photos...You know, like spreading your entire photo collection out on the kitchen table. The only thing more depressing than an out-of-control photo collection is an out-of- control photo collection that is spread out all over your kitchen table when it's time to eat dinner.
  9. Don’t forget to get yourself into the family photo album! As the self-appointed family historian, we tend to be the "family photographer". Demand that someone take your picture occasionally! After all you deserve to be in the family album, don't you think? 
  10. Don't beat yourself up about the state of your photo collection. When you start to feel guilty about what you haven't done, just remember the significance of what you already do each and every day - create joyful memories for your loved ones to cherish. 

And don't forget your cotton gloves! 

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