Program: History & Genealogy Retired Kennesaw State history professor Tom Scott will speak about oral history and its usefulness in genealogical research. Tom joined the faculty of Kennesaw Junior College in 1968 and served there through tremendous growth and three name changes until his retirement in 2011. Along the way, he earned a PhD in history from the University of Tennessee in 1978. In retirement, he continues to work with the staff of the KSU Archives on a variety of oral history projects. Among his honors are Kennesaw State's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1994 and Distinguished Professor Award in 2008. He was also a recipient of a Governor's Award in the Humanities in 2004. Tom is the author of three books. In 1995, the University of Georgia Press published his edited volume, "Cornerstones of Georgia History," a book of documents still used in Georgia classrooms. In 2003, he wrote for Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society a 20th-century history entitled "Cobb County, Georgia, and the Origins of the Suburban South." In 2013, his "Kennesaw State University: The First Fifty Years" came out at the time of KSU's jubilee celebration. Shortly after he finished his doctorate Tom initiated the KSU Oral History Project. Over the last 39 years Tom and his students and colleagues have conducted hundreds of oral histories, the bound transcripts of which are available in the KSU Archives and in the Georgia Room of the Switzer Library. He is also working currently with the City of Acworth and the Save Acworth History Foundation in conducting interviews with prominent local citizens that are being uploaded through the foundation's website onto YouTube. Tom lives in downtown Marietta with his wife Kathy.