Bandy Heritage Center Announces 2010-2011 Dickie Bradley Bandy Memorial Lecture Series


Dalton State College’s Bandy Heritage Center for Northwest Georgia is pleased to announce a series of lectures during this academic year to recognize the efforts of the talented and determined women who helped make the textile industry flourish, organizers say.

The 2010-2011 Dicksie Bradley Bandy Memorial Lecture Series will feature four lectures from experts and scholars who will discuss the accomplishments of several female pioneers who were central figures in the weaving, quilting, tufting, and textile history of Northwest Georgia.

“The theme for this year’s Dicksie Bradley Bandy lecture series is ‘Crafting a Culture: Women, Weaving, and Textiles in Northwest Georgia History,’” says Dr. John Fowler, Director of the Bandy Heritage Center. 

The Bandy Heritage Center was created through the generosity of Dalton businessman and philanthropist Jack Bandy. The Dicksie Bradley Bandy Memorial Lecture Series, which debuted in the spring of 2010, was established in honor of Bandy’s mother, a native of the Northwest Georgia region who maintained a special interest history, particularly of the Cherokee nation.

All events are scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm in Room 105 of the James E. Brown Center on the Dalton State College campus, and all are free and open to the public.

On Thursday, October 28, Dr. Sarah H. Hill, an independent scholar and public historian, will deliver a lecture on “Weaving New Worlds: Southeastern Cherokee Women and Their Basketry.”

On Thursday, January 13, Anita Zaleski Weinraub, Chairwoman of the Georgia Quilt Project, will discuss “Georgia Quilts: Piecing Together a History.”

Dr. Randy Patton, Professor of History and Shaw Industries Distinguished Chair at Kennesaw University, will talk about “Catherine Evans Whitener and the Tufting Industry” on Thursday, February 24.

And Lydia Knight, Director of the Derrell C. Roberts Library at Dalton State, will deliver a talk on Thursday, March 24, on “Women’s Work: Chenille as an Economic Resource for Northwest Georgia during the Great Depression.”

For more information about the lecture series, please contact Heather Shores at 706-272-4452.