Bandy Heritage Center

Online Exhibitions Overview

The Bandy Heritage Center for Northwest Georgia offers an ever-changing selection of virtual or online exhibits.

Our exhibits cover a number of topics related to the region, the state, and beyond.

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Land of Ridge and Valley

Through the medium of photography, this online exhibition highlights major themes in the history of the Northwest Georgia mountains. It features some forty images that have been carefully culled from Donald E. Davis’s book The Land of Ridge and Valley: A Photographic History of the Northwest Georgia Mountains (Arcadia Press, 2001).

Thread By Thread: Northwest Georgia's Tufted Textile Heritage

With the influence of digital technology on the industrial world today, it is easy to forget that many of the processes employed by modern businesses evolved out of the traditions of handmade crafts and cottage industry efforts. The tufting and carpet industry is one business that owes much of its modern success to the ingenuity of the Northwest Georgia region. With the help of women such as Catherine Evans Whitener, the chenille bedspread industry became a staple for the regional economy and paved the way for the emergence of a multi-million dollar carpet industry in Dalton, Georgia, an industry that forever changed the face of the region. This exhibition explores the deep ties between the handicrafts of Northwest Georgia families and the carpet industry as we know it today.

The History of Dalton State College

As education improved and expanded in Georgia in the 1960s, the need for higher education in Northwest Georgia started to become a reality. With the junior college movement going strong throughout the state during this time of transition, several Northwest Georgia cities sought to bring a two-year school to their communities. The city of Dalton joined this effort, winning support from the community and the University System of Georgia for the establishment of Dalton Junior College, which opened its doors in 1967.

The Artwork of Gene Mealor

The Morgan Chenille store, the old Dalton firehouse on Pentz Street, the side door of the Manly Jail Works on Glenwood--these and other historical local structures form part of the backdrop of everyday life in Dalton, the Northwest Georgia industrial and commercial center. But for local artists Gene Mealor, these buildings represent landmarks in the area's journey through time.

The Civil War in Georgia

A war born out of clashing ideals, the Civil War would rend a people and a land in two, leaving our nation forever changed. This exhibit follows Georgia's role in America's bloodiest conflict from the decision to leave the Union to Reconstruction.

Over The Reich: Sam Sitton and the 357th Fighter Squadron

World War II was a defining moment in the history of the United States and in the lives of the men and women who lived through that tumultuous time. In this exhibit, created from fighter pilot Sam Sitton’s never before published personal photographs, one sees how Sitton and his fellow pilots of the 357th Fighter Squadron spent their days on the ground in their English bases and in the skies over the German Reich.

Gateway to the South: Remembering the Dixie Highway

The Bandy Heritage Center for Northwest Georgia has prepared a traveling exhibit commemorating the Dixie Highway. This exhibit consists of photographs illustrating topics such as tourism, advertisement, and business along the Dixie highway.

Dalton and the World: The Odyssey of Lenna Gertrude Judd

As a woman of privilege and wealth, Dalton, Georgia's, Lenna Gertrude Judd had the means not only to see the world but to do so in a grand style. Travel to Europe and Asia in the early years of the twentieth century was marked by grand ocean liners such as the Hamburg-America Steamship Line's Amerika, where she experienced the luxurious accommodations reserved for those of her social and financial standing. When traveling the world, Mrs. Judd's personal camera could not produce images that conveyed the sense of wonder she experienced. Like other travelers of the time, she relied on commercially produced postcards to provide a record of the fascinating sights she encountered daily. More than just a record of places visited, the postcards featured in this exhibit provide a view of Mrs. Judd's world and offer a glimpse of Europe and Asia as a quaint and forgotten world.