POSTPONED: Stories of Oconee Hill Cemetery

This event has been postponed due to weather, and will be rescheduled at a later date. Phi Alpha Theta is co-sponsoring a walking tour of Oconee Hill Cemetery on Monday with Dr. Stephen Berry. Come and hear the stories of those buried in this antebellum period cemetery. Berry is the Gregory Professor of the Civil War Era, Co-Director of the Center for Virtual History, and Secretary-Treasurer of the Southern Historical Society.

The tour will take place in Athens by north campus at the cemetery, which is right behind the stadium.

Stephen Berry: "CSI Dixie: Medical Science and Death Investigation in the 19th Century South"

This is a Throwback Therapies: History of Medical Science Series Lecture by Dr. Stephen Berry, Gregory Professor of the Civil War Era and co-founder of the Center for Virtual History at UGA.

The lecture focuses on the increasing role of medical science in establishing precise causes of death in the 19th-century U. S., which in turn created a more precise and robust understanding of public health. The data is drawn from two sources—the South's county coroners' office records, 1800-1900 and the federal Mortality Censuses, which began in 1850 and ended in 1890.

Historian Catherine Clinton: "The Assassination of Mary Lincoln"

Award-winning historian Catherine Clinton, author of Mary Lincoln: A Life (HarperCollins, 2009) delivers a short lecture on the myriad tragedies suffered by Mary Lincoln in the aftermath of her husband's murder. Inconsolable in grief, Mary Lincoln was then herself the victim of character assassination in stories that were circulated first by her enemies, then by her biographers and her historians. Come hear the "other half" of the assassination story in the sesquicentennial season of the aftermath of the Civil War.


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