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Evening with History: Georgia Place Names Lecture & Book Signing

August 8, 2019

On Tuesday, August 20th, 2019, the Marietta Museum of History will present its latest installment of the popular “Evening with History” series. This series highlights research and publications in the field of local and regional history.

The Museum is excited to have author Cathy Kaemmerlen here to discuss her book Georgia Place Names: From Jot-Em-Down to Doctortown. Ever wonder how Rough and Ready got its name? Or what Stonesthrow is a stone’s throw from? And surely the story behind Climax can’t be…that thrilling, can it? The curious Georgian can’t help pondering the seemingly endless supply of head-scratching place names that dot this state. Luckily, the intrepid Cathy Kaemmerlen stands ready to unravel the enigmas—Enigma is, in fact, a Georgia town—behind the state’s most astonishing appellations. Cow Hell, Gum Pond, Boxankle and Lord a Mercy Cove? One town owes its name to a random sign that fell off a railcar, while another memorializes a broken bone suffered by a cockfight spectator. And just how many place names were inspired by insolent mules? Join us to find out.

Cathy Kaemmerlen is a professional actress, storyteller, playwright, author and historical interpreter, known for her variety of one-woman shows and characters. Through her own production company, Tattlingtales Productions, she has created and currently performs in—alongside other Tattlingtales Productions actors—more than thirty in-school programs with a social studies and language arts emphasis. A recent honor for Kaemmerlen was performing her one-woman show about Rosalynn Carter for the former first lady and President Carter. A Hambidge fellow for more than twenty years (where she writes many of her shows and books), Kaemmerlen has now five published books, including three through The History Press/Arcadia Publishing.

The Marietta Museum of History uses ordinary objects to tell the extraordinary stories of Marietta and Cobb County’s rich history and culture. Galleries and exhibits cover topics such as military history, home life throughout the centuries, technology and local businesses from our past.

When: Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 @ 6:30pm

Where: Marietta Museum of History, 1 Depot Street, Marietta, GA 30060

Cost: FREE for Museum Members and $5 for “Not Yet Members.” 

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