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Georgia’s Rural Churches

Morrow, GA, March 11, 2017 – Join us on Friday April 14, 2017 at 12:00 noon, for our free Lunch and Learn program, where you will learn about Georgia’s rural churches.

Sonny Seals and George Hart, co-authors of Historic Rural Churches of Georgia, a co-publication of Georgia Humanities and the University of Georgia Press, will discuss efforts to save Georgia’s rural churches.

Georgia has hundreds of rural churches that represent a unique way to look at 18th and 19th century Georgia history. They tell the story of a time when virtually all of Georgia was rural: the story of where we came from, how we got here, and who we are. Seals and his friend Hart decided to form a nonprofit organization, Historic Rural Churches of Georgia (HRCGA), with a mission to research, document, and preserve the history of these icons of the past. They built a website (, with photographs of the churches, accompanied by a brief history of each and its historical role in the community.

The success of the website led to the recently released book, and a GPB short documentary series, Saving Grace: The Story of Georgia through the Eyes of Her Rural Churches. Come hear about the ongoing journey of discovery.

The program requires no registration and is free and open to the public. Lunch and Learn programs begin at 12:00 noon and last about an hour.

The Georgia Archives is a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. The Georgia Archives identifies, collects, manages, preserves, provides access to, and publicizes records and information of Georgia and its people, and assists state and local government agencies with their records management. This work is done within the framework of the USG’s mission to create a more highly educated Georgia.