Annual Christmas Party
Mr. Peter Gilliver, General Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, is touring the United States under the sponsorship of the Evelyn Wrench Speaker series. he will appear on Saturday, Novembner 10, 2018. This event is very unique and not to be missed. A Champagne reception with Hors d'Oeuvres will immediately follow the program. RSVP with check payable to ESU, Atlanta Branch. Mail to Charles Maddrey, Treasurer, ESU Atlanta Branch, 5605 Whitner Drive, NW, Sandy Springs, GA 30327-4746. You may remite payment with credit card by clicking here.
RSVP: November 7, 2018
$20 per person
Gould Room is on the ground floor
When ESU member Judy Pincus presented her lecture on Ian McEwan's Atonement in February, it was indeed a high water mark for our regional programs. The audience was transfixed as Ms. Pincus clearly presented themes, drama, characters, plot development and literary comparisons. Seldom does one hear such a thorough analysis of an author's work, and our group knew it. We all appreciated Ms. Pincus's excellent presentation and everyone wants to have her back .
Our annual Shakespeare Competition was held on Feb. 11 at the Shakespeare Tavern, Co-Chaired by Diane and Randy Brannen.
The event was well attended and we had an exceptional group of high school participants. This year's winner was Andrew Oglesby, from Westminster whose teacher is Kate Morgens. The first runner up was Katherine Atkinson of North Atlanta High School, and her teacher is Casey Christenson. Our second runner up is Madeline Pond who is home-schooled by her mother, Elizabeth Pond. Andrew will go to the National competition to be held April 23 in the Lincoln Center in NYC. We wish him every success as he represents the Atlanta Branch in the National Competition!!
Nearly 80 members and guests enjoyed a beautiful buffet luncheon on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at the Ansley Golf Club which was followed by an entertaining and interesting talk by Dr. Patrick Allitt. Dr. Allitt was born, raised, educated in England and received his advanced degrees from U. of California Berkeley and Harvard University. He is a professor of history at Emory University and the author of several books and a lecturer of seven Great Courses presentations. Last summer Dr. Allitt went to England and spent several weeks researching interesting places to tour that are often overlooked by tour guides to England. The material he presented will soon be found in a new Great Course presentation, so ESU members and guests were treated to a preview of Dr. Allitt's "The Great Tours: Britain."
Once again the Branch Members gathered at the beautifully decorated home of Elizabeth and Jim Munson for our annual Christmas Party. The last weekend before Christmas guaranteed heavy traffic, but our Members braved the delays and showed up ready to have a good time. The buffet was nicely catered by the Jerry Dilts group augmented by Elizabeth's rich and tasty desserts.
After listening to the presentation from Clent Coker (pictured left with Carolyn Mitchell, Program Chairman) on the history of North Georgia's Barnsley Gardens, it became obvious that we knew very little about the history of the property. Four generations of his family lived near the Gardens granting him the opportunity to accumulate many artifacts and stories of the ups and downs of Barnsley. It was out of love that Godfrey Barnsley bought some land and built the house for his beloved wife Julia to take advantage of the fresh air in the Georgia Mountains as she suffered from poor health. Mr. Barnsley was originally from Darbyshire, England and was a respected entrepreneur although he never actually became an American citizen. He did very well in business and was able to acquire 8,000 acres of land that became the house and gardens.
Our speaker for this month's meeting (pictured left), Michael McDavid, a retired adjunct professor at the former Georgia Perimeter College, brought us an in depth presentation on one of his favorite royal couples, King George V and Queen Mary. His talk started with the early lives of both monarchs who are both of German ancestry. Interestingly, Queen Mary was actually engaged to George's brother Edward who sadly died just weeks after their engagement. Queen Victoria, who was a match maker extraordinaire, went to work arranging for Mary to marry Prince George. Fortunately, it worked and their marriage was a successful one. They both had a strong sense of duty. The couple had five children: David (who would become the Prince of Wales), a daughter Mary, Albert (known as Bertie), George, Henry and John.
Atlanta's preCivil War history came alive for ESU members and guests on September 14th as Larry Upthegrove, a historian and docent at Oakland Cemetery, held the audience spellbound with stories from the earliest beginnings of Terminus, Georgia to the mayoral election in 1842. We were all willing for Mr. Upthegrove to continue, but time had run out. We will undoubtedly look forward to a continuation from Mr. Upthegrove in the near future. In the meantime, you can stay connected to Mr. Upthegrove and Atlanta's history through his daily blog, "150 years ago today" which can be accessed through his Facebook page.
The program chairman, Carolyn Mitchell, introduced the speaker, Dr. Elizabeth Dowling (both pictured left), who is an architectural historian and has several books on the subject to her credit. She taught architecture at Georgia Tech for 37 years, Dr. Dowling gave a slide presentation depicting the very beginning of classic Greek and Roman architecture and how it influenced architecture through the centuries, Classical architecture began to decline in England when it became too expensive to design and build structures, especially after the world wars. Fortunately, during the late 80's a resurgence of interest in the preservation of classical design began to immerge in the U.S. and England by architects like Jon Simpson, Quinlan Terry, Craig Hamilton and even a local Atlanta architect, Norman Askins. Universities began to offer classes on classic design. Prince Charles was instrumental in expressing the need to bring back classicism as opposed to the ultra-modern offerings that have been erected in London in recent years. Dr. Dowling showed us some buildings in London that were built recently in the classic style. The same is going in the United States.