New Young Professionals Group at the Northeast Georgia History Center

New Young Professionals Group at the Northeast Georgia History Center

GAINESVILLE, Ga.- The Young Professionals of the Northeast Georgia History Center is a new membership group dedicated to enhancing the Gainesville community, especially in regards to the interests of young adults. Their goal is to help make the Gainesville area a better place for residents 25-45 year old by utilizing their talents to create and enjoy unique cultural experiences in support of the History Center. The Young Professionals value and realize the rich history of the Northeast Georgia community and the idea of preserving the “stories of those who have come before us.”

Spearheaded by the History Center’s membership committee, board member Kelly Lee has provided the leadership for the group, developing and organizing it from the ground up. She states, “The History Center looked at their programs and realized that they have done an excellent job attracting school-aged children through its field trips and educational programming — and the retired community through the forums — but were missing the demographic in between. We studied what other history centers similar to ours have done, and that’s how we came up with the idea for creating the Young Professionals. ”

The Young Professionals Planning Committee has already developed a schedule of enriching and exciting activities for their first year including: the Little Black Dress party this January, a Bluegrass and Barbecue party this Spring, summer movie nights and a football season kick off party coming this fall. Lynn Carter member of the Young Professionals Planning Committee stated, “ The History Center and the Young Professionals enable learning of the past while connecting to community of our future. I’m excited to be a part of something new with so much potential.”

The Little Black Dress party, which is scheduled for January 27, 2007, 7-11 p.m., will be the first event hosted by the Young Professionals group and will work in coordination with the Little Black Dress exhibit, which opened at the museum on January 18. This event offers a unique opportunity for young adults in the community to have a private viewing of this new exhibit as well as a special showcase of the little black dresses of Gainesville’s community members. Additionally, a little black dress donated by Christopher’s Bridal and Tuxedo will be raffled, and attendees will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, and music by Nathan Currin. “The Young Professionals is an opportunity for the History Center to connect with the 20-40 something crowd in Gainesville and engage them in activities at the Center,” says Stuart Miller the executive director of the History Center. “The Little Black Dress party is an example of how an exhibit topic presents an opportunity for Young Professional activity. We expect that this group will continue to bring new ideas and energy to the programs at the History Center.”

For more information about the Young Professionals group or the Little Black Dress Party, please call 770-297-5900.