Tuesday, December 30, 2008

2009 Brown Bag History Series kicks off with Dave the Potter Author

The Museum will kick off the 2009 Brown Bag History Series on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 12:30 p.m. with Carolina Clay: The Life and Legend of the Slave Potter Dave, presented by Mr. Leonard Todd, author of the book by the same title.

While researching his family history, Todd discovered that one of the most famous slave artisans of the antebellum South had been owned by his family. He traveled from his home in Manhattan to South Carolina, where he sifted through records of slavery, rebellion, and war to uncover Dave's stirring story. Carolina Clay: The Life and Legend of Slave Potter Dave was published in October 2008 by W.W. Norton and was recently reviewed in the October 20, 2008 edition of Newsweek. His Brown Bag lecture will unveil the story of how he discovered his ties to Dave the Potter, the history of Dave's life, and the impact and significance his pottery had on antebellum art.

Todd is also the author of Squaring Off, a novel for young adults, published by Viking Penguin and optioned for a feature film. An earlier young adult novel, The Best Kept Secret of the War, was published by Alfred A. Knopf and optioned for a television special. Both books were set in areas of the South that Todd knew well when he was growing up. Other fiction publications include short stories in Cosmopolitan and elsewhere. An original screenplay, Honkytonk, was optioned for a movie musical.

His nonfiction publications include Trash Can Toys & Games, a recycling book for children, published by Viking Penguin. Prototypes of the toys he designed for the book were exhibited at the American Museum of Natural History in a long-running show. He has published articles in Travel & Leisure and other travel publications, has covered architecture in Mexico, oysters in Ireland, golf in Morocco, and beaches on Mykonos.

Todd graduated from Yale College and from the Yale School of Art and Architecture. He is a former Fulbright Scholar to France. He has been a resident at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and now resides with his wife in Edgefield, South Carolina.

The Brown Bag History Series is an educational lecture series provided monthly by the Augusta Museum of History, and is an ideal lunch-time break for downtown professionals, retirees, and students. The lectures are free to members and $3 for non-members. Participants should bring a lunch and the Museum provides beverages and dessert. Refreshments are served beginning at 11:30 a.m.; the lecture runs from 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Gingerbread House winners

The annual Holiday Gingerbread Village was a smashing success. The incredible gingerbread houses were on display November 21 - 30, 2008, and we've still had people calling asking that the display be extended through December in 2009!

The winners were as follows:

Chef Marvin Herrera, Executive Chef of the Augusta Country Club, won the People's Choice Award. Hundreds of patrons cast their votes for their favorite gingerbread house over a period of 10 days. This depiction of the Old Club House won People's Choice!

Most Artistic was won by Tereasa Lily of Tres Bon Catering for her creation of the Augusta National Golf Club.

Brigette Pedroza won Third Place for her precise recreation of the Appling Courthouse in Appling, GA.

Casey Igel of Augusta won Second Place for her depiction of the Church of the Good Shepherd:

And Jennifer Mooney of Midville won first place (the third year in a row!) for her depiction of Williams Antiques, located in Waynesboro, Georgia:

Check the Museum website in August 2009 for an application to participate in the 2009 Holiday Gingerbread Village and enter for your chance to win $1,000 Grand Prize!