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Saving our History & Heritage

Join us on Zoom.  This is part of our on-line lecture programming.  Leslie Barker Thomas presents Saving Our History and Heritage. Thomas will discuss the importance of preservation of Cherokee history.  In addition, she will talk about what the Trail of Tears Association does to preserve the history, what has been done to sign sites, and what sites are in our area.

Thomas has been a long-time member (20 years) of the Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association, serving as the newsletter editor, communications director and as the President.  She serves on the board of directors for the National Trail of Tears Association, which involves nine states, and on the board of the local Georgia chapter. For more information on the Georgia Trail of Tears Association, visit www.gatrailoftears.com.

This is a virtual lecture on Zoom.  Tickets are required.

Member tickets are free and non-member tickets are $6.50.  Tickets

Get to know your speaker: 

Leslie Barker Thomas has been a long-time member (20 years) of the Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association, serving as the newsletter editor, communications director and as the Vice President for twelve years, President of the Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association 2014-2017 and has recently had her research coordinator title changed to the Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Historical Preservation Officer by the National Association based in Oklahoma.  She serves on the board of directors for the National Trail of Tears Association which involves nine states, and on the board of the local Georgia chapter.

Retired from the medical field, after 25 years working with people and another 5 years with animals, retirement allows her to pursue her love of historical research and writing.  She writes for the local Times Courier Newspaper and Appalachian Country Living Magazine.

She is the current President of the Gilmer County Historical Society and operates the local heritage museum, former member of the board of directors for Chieftains Museum in Rome, former board member for the Gilmer County Genealogy Society, former board member for the Gilmer Arts and Heritage Association, and newsletter editor for her local church.

 

Born in Chicago she got here as soon as she could.  Her late husband Roddy Thomas was retired from the US Postal Service as a Postal Inspector and Supervisor was born in Alpharetta. They have five children and five grandchildren.  Currently residing in Gilmer County’s Blue Ridge Foothills.

 

Leslie Barker Thomas

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