HISTORICAL SOCIETY SPECIAL PROJECTS

In addition to regular scheduled meetings and activities, the Johns Creek Historical Society is undertaking several special projects. Volunteers and funding are needed to make these projects successful. Joining others in our efforts is an opportunity to learn about local history and be part of a community project to save that history for future generations.

Our current projects include: Improving the Macedonia Cemetery, Finding a location for a Johns Creek history archives, and Collecting Oral Histories.

PROJECT: Improving Historic Macedonia Cemetery

The Macedonia African Methodist Church Cemetery (also known as Warsaw AME cemetery) is a small African-American cemetery in Johns Creek known to be the burial place of at least two who were enslaved. It's been abandoned for years and is in need of headstone repairs, identification of unmarked graves, and research to learn about those buried on the site.

JC Historical Society board member, Kirk Canaday, is committee chair of this project. JC Historical Society board member Joan Compton researches past ownership of the land and individuals buried at the cemetery.

Read more about the Macedonia Cemetery and the project for its improvement.

We're looking for those who might remember or have been a member of the Macedonia (Warsaw AME) Church. If you have information or memories of the Macedonia Cemetery and those buried there or its church, members, and pastors, please contact us.

Help us piece together the story of this historic site. Contact us at info@johnscreekhistory.org

 


PROJECT: Finding a location for a history archives

Help us with a location to create a record of the past for future generations.

A goal of the Johns Creek Historical Society is to gather in one place the records and stories of the past to create both a physical and digital archive to preserve Johns Creek's history and make the records available to the public.

Currently the growing contents of the history archives are housed in the home of one of our board members. Not having an appropriate space continues to negatively affect our efforts.

Archives Space Needs - A climate-controlled and secure space in Johns Creek with:

  • A storage area large enough to accommodate at least three 69"x30"x84" shelving units
  • A workspace to accept, process, and organize donations and existing collections
  • An area for history research that accommodates:
    • Three 4-drawer file cabinets
    • One 48"x36" map cabinet
    • Two 48"x15"x84" bookshelves
    • One scanner table
    • One 30"x60" desk
    • One or two 30"x60" tables
    • Chairs

See more about how we are creating a history archives and research library

PROJECT: Collecting Oral Histories

Johns Creek Historical Society is capturing oral histories with help from the City of Johns Creek

Oral History Project

As part of its mission to preserve and promote local history, the Johns Creek Historical Society had started a project to collect recorded memories and family stories of this area's past.

We made a test run of the process by interviewing Judy Webb, a long-time resident with deep family roots in the area, who is known for her community activism and knowledge of local history.

Volunteer leadership is needed for this project. Unfortunately, this project has stalled and needs volunteers to help lead this important initiative. These stories and memories will vanish soon if we are unable to capture them for future generations.

 

DO YOU HAVE MEMORIES or FAMILY STORIES of this AREA's PAST?

We're compiling a list for future interviews. Let us know if you are a descendant of the early farm families of this area or are a long-time resident with memories of the area when it was still a rural farming community.
Please contact us.

The oral histories collected will be retained in the Johns Creek Historical Society's archives for research, education, and promotion of local history.

Our thanks to the City of Johns Creek Communications Department for offering to videotape and edit the oral history interviews.