Guest speaker Lamar Harris, who graduated from THS in 1949, will deliver a presentation at noon about the educational site, pulling information from the second edition of his book, “Taylorsville High School 1900-1966.” To be held at the Bartow History Museum, 4 E. Church St. in Cartersville, the program also encourages guests to bring lunch and dine on-site at 11:45 a.m.
“This edition builds upon the Taylorsville High School article in the Heritage Book of Euharlee, Stilesboro and Taylorsville, and the 2011 edition,” Harris writes in the book’s preface. “My relationship with THS began in 1937-38 as a first grader. The Primer year was completed in 1937 at the two room Davis Town School, the 11th grade at THS in 1949. Both of my brothers graduated from THS: Alton in 1951 and Tommy in 1963.
“The primary objective of the first edition was to identify all graduates after the first diplomas were awarded in 1922. Starting with the five yearbooks (1946, Clayton J. Harris; 1949 & 1966 Mrs. Etta Harris; 1963, Mrs. Ruth Harris; and, 1964, Mrs. Donna Harris) and photos of seniors/graduating classes, efforts soon turned to gleaning information from microfilms of newspapers (primarily [The Tribune-News, The Weekly Tribune News and The Daily Tribune News]), copied by the University of Georgia Library. With the assistance of Linda Cochran, Professional Genealogist, the time period from 1900 through 1966 was covered. Although the primary focus was on graduates, information that was found about elementary students, plays, Baccalaureate Sermons, commencement exercises, student activities and awards, changes in facilities, students serving in the armed forces, and students enrolled in higher educational activities was included. These items helped to reinforce the informal information about the school’s performance and the contributions that graduates have made to the county, [state] and nation.”
Opened in 1900, Taylorsville High was a unique school, originally offering instruction for grades eight to 10. For Bartow History Museum Director Trey Gaines, Wednesday’s program will offer a “snapshot” of a piece of the county’s educational past.
“From my reading through the book that Mr. Harris put together, the school was formed on land that was purchased in 1900 — about 2 acres out in the Taylorsville area,” Gaines said. “They were just looking for land to build a school on for the education of the children in that area of the county. And I think the school was in existence for decades after that and it went on to educate many people in Taylorsville and the southwestern Bartow County area.
“I think [this topic is] valuable [as far] as showing a piece of Bartow County history, specifically education. We have a long history of education in [this] county and this is one of the many schools that was tasked with educating children in Bartow County over the years. There’s a lot of great information that comes from the study that Mr. Harris did, specifically related to that school and that part of the county. He went on to discover information about a lot of the graduates that went on and did big things and then also [the book serves as] a record of those people in that area that went to that school. We’ve got graduation lists and program descriptions of special events at the school and photographs of activities and graduation classes at the school. It’s all in the book, and it’s a great snapshot of that area of the county.”
Open to the public, the Lunch and Learn program is free for BHM members and included in the cost of admission for nonmembers. For more information, call 770-382-3818, ext. 6288, or visit www.bartowhistorymuseum.org.