Topic: Georgia’s Native People
Seventh generation Georgian, Dr. Joseph H. Kitchens speaks to the Society on “Georgia’s Native American People, describing their history and culture in a way that should be helpful to family history researchers. In his presentation, he explains how the Southeastern Indians -the Creeks and Cherokee in Georgia in particular- have been misunderstood in many ways and their history has often been distorted to fit our Euro-centric traditions. The reality, Dr. Kitchens asserts, is far more interesting. It is fair to say the Creeks and Cherokee influenced the development of the state far more than most of us ever imagined.
Kitchens graduated from College Park High School, earned his bachelor’s degree in history at West Georgia State University, MA and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. First as a professor of history at Georgia Southwestern State University and since as a museum director, he has worked to preserve the history and culture of the of the south, especially Georgia. Most recently, he retired as Executive Director of the Funk Heritage Center at Reinhardt University, the state’s official Southeastern Indian interpretive center.
The author of two books and more than 60 articles, Kitchens is a frequent speaker to lineage and patriotic groups on Native American history, the modern hunting plantations of Georgia and Irish influence in the old South. He and his wife Karen live in Tate, Georgia with their Labrador retriever “Peachie”.
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