2017 EPHS Holiday Open House

December 3, 2017   1pm - 4pm

2016 Annual Holiday Open House
Sunday, December 4th
1:00 pm – 4:00pm
at the
East Point Historical Society
1685 Norman Berry Drive
East Point, Georgia 30344

Happy Holidays to All!!

As we approach the close of 2016, all of us at the East Point Historical Society would like to thank all those who have supported us financially and otherwise during this year.

For 2017, we are planning opportunities to make the history of East Point more relevant and interesting to a wider audience. Already in the works is a guided tour of historical sites in and around East Point. We hope to share more details about this soon.

As is our custom, we will be hosting our annual holiday open house. Please join us on Sunday, December 4th, to see familiar faces, meet new friends and enjoy our holiday spread!  Feel free to bring a new neighbor, a covered dish or your favorite dessert to add to the array!!

And here’s the part where we ask for your financial help. Your membership contributions and donations are the main means we have to support our ongoing efforts to preserve the rich history of East Point.
Please consider filing out the enclosed form and joining today!

Charles Strickland, President
East Point Historical Society

EPHS will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Saturday, November 28.

EPHS will be closed 7/2 and 7/4 for the July 4th weekend.

We hope to see many of you for the annual July 4th Celebration and Activities on the Commons in
downtown East Point produced by the hard-working volunteers of the East Point Main Street Association.

From their Facebook page:
"Join us in the heart of Downtown East Point for the oldest and largest Independence Day Celebration in South Fulton County!

This fun-filled event features activities for the whole family, with a vendor market, live music, food court including Italian ice, funnel cakes, smoked & grilled meats, fried fish, beer, margaritas and more. The evening's highlight comes at 9:30pm with South Fulton County's largest pyrodigital fireworks display synchronized to an rousing musical score! Join your neighbors, family, and friends and make memories in Downtown East Point while celebrating our nation's independence.

Be sure to bring your blankets and chairs. Tents must set-up in designated areas to ensure the enjoyment of all attendees. As a courtesy to event vendors, no outside food, grills or beverage will be allowed."

However you celebrate, make it a happy and safe Independence Day Celebration!

This Sunday, February 22 is planting day for the Heirloom Orchard at EPHS and PATCH

Keep East Point Beautiful along with "P.A.T.C.H." and the East Point Historical Society are looking for 45 volunteers to plant fruit trees in 3 locations for our Community Orchards. We will gather at the East Point Historical Society located at 1685 Norman Berry Dr. East Point, GA 30344 at 2:00 PM. If you plan to attend please comment in post HERE or send a notice to fkennedy@eastpointcity.org See you there!

We are sad to share the news of Dr. Robert Threatt's passing

Dr. Robert Threatt, 13th President of Morris Brown College, passed Saturday, January 31, 2015.

Among many other accolades, he has also been a Board Member of the East Point Historical  Society for the last several years. We will all miss his wisdom, insight and guidance. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Robert Threatt Scholarship Fund for Morris Brown College.  
Services to celebrate the life of Dr. Robert Threatt will begin on Friday, February 6, 2015 with the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Omega Ceremony at 6:30PM at Flipper Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church, 580 Student Movement Boulevard, Southwest (Fair Street) Atlanta, Georgia and Family Visitation immediately following until 8:00PM. 
The Homegoing Celebration will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 11:00AM at Saint Philip African Methodist Episcopal Church, 240 Candler Road (corner of Memorial Drive & Candler Road), Atlanta, Georgia.
More information and directions to the services may be found here: Dr. Robert Threatt obituary

Save the date!

You, your friends and your neighbors are invited to the 2014 Holiday Open House at:

East Point Historical Society 
685 Norman Berry Drive
East Point, Georgia 30344

Sunday, November 23
1:00pm - 4:00 pm

East Point Vet Honored with Street Topper

Jack Robert Boatright, East Point’s first World War II casualty, will be remembered every time someone sees a street sign on the lane where he used to live.

Last week city officials erected a sign topper on 8th Street at Washington Avenue, a few yards from No. 2972, where he grew up.

At-Large City Councilwoman Nanette Saucier read Amore’s poem “Anchors Aweigh,” based on an account by East Point Historical Society secretary Charles W. Strickland.

It narrated how Boatright, born in 1917, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1937 and died at the age of 25 when his ship, the USS Juneau, sank during the 1942 Battle  of Guadalcanal.                                                 

“‘A heart of bravery was that of Jack, who served our nation with pride and dignity in every way,”’ Saucier read. 

Saucier said the cooperation of several departments and family members enabled the city to honor Boatright. 

“This has been a long coming and I’m so happy to see this day,” she said. “East Point visitors and residents will always be able to remember Jack Boatright because now we have a sign in his honor.” 

Photo by Staff / Noreen Cochran. From left, East Point City Councilwoman Nanette Saucier, family member Alex Boatright and City Councilman Alexander Gothard celebrate a new street topper at 8th Street and Washington Avenue honoring Navy veteran Jack Boatright.

Read more: Neighbor Newspapers - East Point vet honored with street topper 

Open House and Lecture at Utoy Cemetery

In conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the August 4-7, 1864 Civil War Battle of Utoy Creek, the Utoy Cemetery Association, Inc. will have an August 2nd, 2014 10:00 am Open House, with refreshments and snacks. This will be followed by a one hour lecture, starting at 10:30, given by Terry White on “The Civil War Battle of Utoy Creek and the Utoy Church and Cemetery” at the Utoy Cemetery. The Utoy Cemetery is located at: 1465 Cahaba Drive, SW, Atlanta, GA 30311.  

RSVP's should be sent by July 31st to Malcolm McDuffie at: malcolmmcduffie@utoycemeteryinc.org. 

Change in Hours Open on Thursdays

EPHS will be open tomorrow from 12 - 3pm instead of the usual 1-4pm on Thursdays. This change in Thursday hours will be in effect for the three months of summer.

EPHS hosting students Thursday June 5

EPHS will be hosting a group of students from Hamilton Holmes Elementary at 9:30 tomorrow morning! EPHS will be open to the public as well at that hour, but will be closed during the regular Thursday afternoon hours.


The EPHS is looking for volunteers to help move some large, heavy items at the museum this Saturday, April 19, at 11:00 a.m. We are rearranging a bit to create more exhibit space. If you would like to help, please respond here or leave a voice message at (404)767-4656. Thank you.

Sorry for this late notice to those that follow this blog.  Join our Facebook group page where more information about this clean-up day is posted and we have a thriving group of photo posters.   

Black History Month Celebration March 1st, 11am - 3pm

Please stop by!

We're excited to have former Mayor Patsy Jo Hilliard on hand to talk about our current exhibit at EPHS on the history of African-Americans in East Point. We hope you will stop by to see our collection of early photographs and hear about African-American families and life in early East Point. 

A thanks to volunteer Janet Alford

EPHS thanks volunteer Janet Alford who has taken on the enormous task of reorganizing and consolidating the files in the work room. She's been at the Society over the last several months sifting through the multitude of folders and throwing out the superfluous. She recently completed a reorganization of all the death notices and funeral programs for native East Pointers so that everything the Society has relating to that person's demise is alphabetized by last name in these books. 

It made me realize that no one has been clipping out death notices from the local papers since we lost our ever-so-dedicated Steven Bramlett, who was so diligent about these details. 

Is there anyone in our growing membership who might be interested in keeping up with this part of our history? To continue what Janet has so beautifully reorganized for us? Please let us know!