The theme of the Society’s 2017 Chautauqua Lecture Series was Treachery! Coastal Ties to Stories of Infamy.  Over the past three centuries, Coastal Georgia has been linked with some of America’s most notorious personalities and events. In a series of four programs, scholars and authors explored those connections.  Topics included why John Wilkes Booth became this country’s most notorious assassin, Blackbeard and the Golden Age of Pirates, the Creek Indian Removal, and finally Aaron Burr’s life after the dual. We invite you to view this year’s lectures.

Patrick Gallagher: Telling America’s Wartime Stories

James McGrath Morris: “Joseph Pulitzer and the Creation of the Modern Mass Media”

Robert M. Dowling: “Gene and Carlotta: The Origins of Eugene O’Neill’s Sea Island Retreat”

Hank Klibanoff: “The Past is Never Dead: Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases and Why They Matter”

Pearl McHaney: “Georgia’s Pulitzer Prize Novels: Caroline Miller’s Lamb in His Bosom and Beyond”

Edward J. Larson: “The Scopes Trial in History and Folklore”