Women in History
In March of each year we celebrate the great accomplishments of women in the Southeast area.
Alice Strickland was the first Woman Mayor of Duluth and all of Georgia. She and her husband built their home on Main Street and completed it in 1898. When there was a outbreak of illness in children, she brought doctors from Atlanta and turned her home into a makeshift hospital to care for them. There were no doctors in Duluth at that time. Another floor was used for birthing new mothers.
Additional displays reflect current women's contributions
The Duluth Fall Festival
In the first week of September each year we set up the display honoring the Duluth Fall Festival Organization. They have done so much for the City of Duluth and supported other organizations in the city. The Festival is always held the last weekend in September.
The purpose of the Festival is to promote the general welfare and beautification of Downtown Duluth and unite our citizens within the community to work together for the common good. Over the years, the downtown area has changed so much and had many enhancements partly due to the proceeds from the festival.
So many people have come together to promote Duluth to be a better place to live, work and play. The Duluth Fall Festival excels in meeting its purpose and serving its community. The unique thing about this wonderful endeavor is that it's completely run by volunteers. Indeed, many of their volunteers
It's no exaggeration to say that they are more like a family than a group of volunteers. In addition, it's also exciting to have young people involved in the Festival continuing the love of Duluth and giving back to make it a better place to live and raise a family.
The Military exhibit was one of the first displays that we developed. We take great pride in presenting many photographs, uniforms and original art work of the people in the south and the hero's of Duluth. We salute all branches of service.
We dedicate our time and effort in honor of not only service connected but also First Responders, Firemen, and Police. We always salute brave men and women from our past and present. This is our largest exhibit. It is shown from June to after Labor Day. We encourage people to send us photos, information and/or artifacts from their military family past or current.
We also try to honor our women that worked in the hospitals and medical field camps during the wars and currently deployed. They were and still
Ann Parsons Odom, Artist
Ann Odum, our local artist, has created over 90+ paintings. Two of the newest and largest murals (4' x 5') of original art work that she has recently completed now hang in our Museum. They depict the downtown streetscapes from the 1930's and the late 1940's. They replaced the original mural that was painted on the brick wall of the Parsons Building before it was demolish. She was also the first recipient of our Impact Award.
Ann began her art career late in life. She decided to take the "Famous Artist" correspondence course. Following the class, she studied with a variety of teachers in oils and acrylics. In 1984 she added pastels.
In earlier years as a painter, she concentrated on historic paintings of Duluth and the surrounding area. Ann is a juried Member of Excellence in the South East Pastel Society and has won numerous awards in their International shows. She was voted "Best Artist" in Gwinnett County. She has designed murals for Churches and Gwinnett Tech. Some of her work has been featured in calendars and appeared on the covers of the Duluth Fall Festival Tabloids for many years.
Cities on the Rail
For the first time four great cities have come together to collaborate on their history. We have individual 9' displays for each of the cities of Norcross, Duluth, Suwanee and Buford. It helps to show why each city became prosperous as the train came thru their town.
In the early days, it's customers included Roy Rogers and the Bonanza actors, among the many. They could get custom saddles and bridles.
The Impact awards are given by the Duluth Historical Society to citizens of Duluth that has shown outstanding dedication and loyalty to the people and the City of Duluth.
Our first recipients were Ann Odum, Mark Williams and Cindy Brown.
Duluth Historical Society is a non-profit 501 c3 organization. All donations are tax deductible.