Bandy Center to be clearinghouse for area history (Georgia)

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Dalton State College’s newly opened Bandy Heritage Center will preserve not just Dalton’s history but also the history of all of Northwest Georgia, officials said.

College officials on Tuesday introduced the heritage center’s new director, Kentucky native John Fowler, and assistant director, Rome native Heather Howell, during a ceremony to celebrate the creation of the history preservation program. Both come from the Center for the Study of the Civil War Era at Kennesaw State University.

Lifelong Dalton resident Jack Bandy said he endowed the center with $2 million for staff and materials.

“We want to make something that would be real and would be large enough and important enough,” Bandy said.

What he means is that it would be important enough to preserve an area as rich in history as Dalton. The center’s primary tasks will be preserving — and sharing with the public — the American Indian heritage, textile industry beginnings and Civil War history of Whitfield and several other northwest Georgia counties.

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