West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail Update Fall 2016

Photo Caption: Trey Gaines, Director of the Bartow County History Museum, accepting the museum's West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail membership sign from Martina Morale, Curator of the West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail and Leah Harris Student Assistant, at the Bartow County History Museum in Cartersville.

Trey Gaines, Director of the Bartow County History Museum, accepting the museum’s West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail membership sign from Martina Morale, Curator of the West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail and Leah Harris Student Assistant, at the Bartow County History Museum in Cartersville.

This semester the West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail staff has been working on some exciting new projects. We are currently in the process of updating and add new content to each community web page on the textile trail website are a planning a relaunch of the website in the spring. Though images and narratives visitors to the website are encouraged to explore west Georgia’s rich industrial heritage while gaining an understanding of the dynamics that propelled the industry to success. The West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail highlights historical sites, within the communities of west Georgia, which were vital to the Post-Civil War textile industry in the south.

We are also working on production of self-guided walking and driving trail brochures for many of our membership communities. Each brochure includes a narrative of the textile history of the area with historic photographs relevant to the story. The brochures also include six to twelve textile heritage trail stops.

Resources from the West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail member organizations are vital to our production of webpages and brochures. Fieldwork to develop website and brochure content has been conducted in several areas of west Georgia including Newnan Coweta County Historical Society in Newnan, the Polk County Historical Society in Cedartown, and Bartow County History Museum in Cartersville. Keeping in contact with textile trail member communities is very important as we create new content for the website and brochures so we look forward to working with you soon!

West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail Book Release

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Preorder form: here!

Our new book, Images of America: The West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail, will be available to the public on December 14th! Staff will be available to mail pre-ordered books if payment is received by December 10th. The books are also available for pick up in the Center for Public History. Staff will contact those individuals and institutions who contributed to the book this week, and please let us know if you would like to receive your book before December 12th.

Textile Heritage Trail directors have arranged four book signings so far — two in Carrollton, one in Newnan, and one in Cartersville! See our Facebook events page or the trail website events page for details and new signings. Editors Ann McCleary and Keri Adams would love to give a brief presentation followed by questions and a signing at member institutions! Please contact wgtht@westga.edu or our Arcadia Marketing Specialist Jonny Foster to arrange a book signing and/or presentation event.

Fabric and clothing industries touch us all, and since the 1850s, northwest Georgia has been a powerhouse of textile production: cotton fabric to apparel, stockings to chenille robes, and parachutes to carpeting. The Center’s publication Images of America: The West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail illustrates how the mills transformed families, livelihoods, and communities in our region.

Funded by the Callaway Foundation, Inc., of LaGrange, Georgia, Images of America: The West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail was a collaboration between faculty members and students at the University of West Georgia’s Center for Public History. Project directors Ann McCleary and Keri Adams supervised an extensive team including Dr. Jae Turner, Cecilia Stephens, Yanique Leonard, Kymberli Darling, Patrick J. Elias, Janae Hightower, Rachel Opolka, Dusty Dye, Kamil McElwee, Lacey Lawrence, Dustin Klein, and Daniel Kellogg, with maps prepared by Debby Holcombe at UWG Publications and Printing.

Building on regional research projects and the work of past students, public history students at UWG conducted primary research for this project, uncovering previously-unknown stories and collecting hundreds of historic images.

Photography students took contemporary photographs of active textile industries and extant resources:

The project also received images from private individuals, families, local and regional institutions, and historical repositories. Sources included organizations such as the Troup County Archives, the Vanishing Georgia Collection of the Georgia Archives, the Bartow History Museum, and the Bandy Heritage Center for Northwest Georgia:

In the end, the book features 35 communities in 19 counties. It serves as a pictorial guidebook for visitors to Textile Heritage Trail communities and as a supplement to Trail exhibits. We invite locals and visitors alike to explore and share their connections to this story, as well as discover the landscapes and cultures along the Textile Trail.

For more information, visit: http://westgatextiletrail.com/.

Textile Trail Conference in LaGrange, April 2014

The West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail Annual Conference will be held Thursday and Friday, April 17-18, 2014, at beautiful Hills and Dales Estate in LaGrange, Georgia. We invite you to come and learn about creative ways to preserve and promote textile history in your area while enjoying the locale’s blossoming gardens and unique connection to Georgia’s textile heritage. The conference will feature speakers and workshops on a variety of topics, all designed to help you highlight your community’s ties to history of textile production and use that history to attract visitors who will also enjoy the shopping, dining, and hospitality that your community has to offer.

Please visit the links below to find out more information.

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