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September 14

On Thursday, September 14th the English Speaking Union will present one of Atlanta's foremost historians, Larry Upthegrove, at St. Philips Cathedral at 7p.m.

Mr. Upthegrove specializes in Atlanta history and is a well known writer, lecturer and guide at Atlanta's historic Oaklawn Cemetery.  ESU members highly recommend Mr. Upthegrove as a speaker. His lecture will be entitled "Very Early Atlanta" and he promises that it will be of  great interest to all of us.

October 19

Mr. McDavid has degrees in history, has taught in the Emory OLLI program and served as an adjunct faculty member in the history department at the former Georgia Perimeter College. He has been fascinated with the British monarchs, and he has taught several classes on all of them. However, King George V and Queen Mary have become two of his favorites since, during their reign from 1910-1936, they laid the foundation for the modern British monarchy.

November 9
St. Philips Cathedral at 7PM

Mr. Coker is an historian in residence and author of a fascinating book on the history of Barnsley Gardens:  Barnsley Garden in Woodlands.  He is planning to discuss the development of Barnsley Gardens by an Englishman, the surrounding area and Cherokee Indians who lived nearby, the American Civil War and its effect on Barnsley, and the German owner who purchased and redeveloped the property.  Mr. Coker has lived near Barnsley Gardens all his life and his family has collected many mementos of its past.

December 16

Once again Elizabeth and Jim Munson will host our annual Christmas party in their always beautifully decorated home from 5 PM to 7 PM.

January 28

We are excited to once again have Dr. Patrick Allitt, our exceptional lecturer on American and British history from the faculty of Emory University, as our guest lecturer.  This meeting will be a luncheon buffet at the Ansley Country Club from 11:30 AM to 2 PM. 


We are also pleased that Judy Pincus, one of our newest members, an outstanding student and lecturer of English literature, has agreed to present a book review of one of England's best and most current authors, Ian McEwan.  So start reading Atonement now!  Ms. Pincus's topic will be "Echoes of Shakespeare, Coleridge and Conrad in "Atonement" by Ian McEwan.  Date and venue to be determined.


Our annual Garden Party will be held in June.  Date and venue to be determined.