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Suffrage, Séances, & The Society Pages: The Life of Historian & Writer Alice B. Howard from a Grandaughter’s Perspective

Dive into the legacy of Adairsville historian and writer, Alice “Topsy'” Howard, with her granddaughters Alice Stevens and Nancy Hildreth. Learn about Ms. Topsy’s work as a suffragette and society page writer, the work she put into preserving the history of Barnsley Gardens, and the start of the Sans Souci Library in Adairsville. Plus, get to know more about the ghost that supposedly shared her home, and the seances and table tapping sessions she attended that one time resulted in Georgia’s Secretary of State coming for a visit!

This lecture is free for members. $7 for not yet members.

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Alice Stevens

Alice Stevens, Alice Butler Howard’s granddaughter, grew up in Atlanta, moving to Rome on the eve of the 1993 blizzard. She recently retired from Berry College, finishing her career at Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum as the Education & Public Service Manager.

Nancy Hildreth










Nancy Clotfelter Hildreth spent much of her childhood with her Grandmother “Topsy” listening to stories about American History and the Civil War.  Learning to play piano, writing short stories and poetry, and baking cookies at her Grandmother’s home are some of her favorite memories.

Nancy is an Atlanta based Interior Designer.  She attended the Art Institute of Atlanta and her undergraduate was at Queens Univeristy in North Carolina.  She has 2 children and 3 grandsons. Nancy currently resides near her brother and sisters’ family on the property where she grew up in Marietta.

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