Buzz: Oak Hill Victorian Christmas tours set for Dec. 3-4, 10-11. Georgia Northwestern’s fall commencement is Dec. 2. Bartow library earns $31,291 grant.

Buzz: Oak Hill Victorian Christmas tours set for Dec. 3-4, 10-11. Georgia Northwestern’s fall commencement is Dec. 2. Bartow library earns $31,291 grant.

Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum will once again ring in the Christmas season with its seasonal tours. Friday and Saturday evenings starting Dec. 3, Oak Hill’s Victorian Christmas Tours will offer a glimpse into holiday celebrations of the late 19th century.

The Oak Hill home’s holiday decorations evoke the traditions and tastes of the Victorian era with greenery and ribbons, inviting tour participants to experience Christmas like young Martha Berry. The guided tours will highlight customs that would have been familiar to Berry and her family while exploring the various rooms of the mansion. Guests will learn how Christmas came to be widely celebrated in the United States in the second half of the 1800s and about the unique traditions found in Southern households of the time.

Tours will be offered beginning at 4 p.m. every half hour and ending at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 10-11. Each tour is capped at 15 individuals. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students. Berry affiliates and children age 5 and under are free. Tickets must be reserved online at

Parking is provided at Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum.

For even more holiday spirit after the tour, guests can explore the “Gift of Christmas” exhibit located in the Martha Berry Museum while enjoying refreshments and picking up some festive gifts at the Oak Hill Gift Shop. Need more information? Contact the Martha Berry Museum at 706-368-6789 or and visit Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum, part of Berry College, is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Students representing Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) nine-county service area will participate in two traditional Fall Commencement Ceremonies on Thursday, Dec. 2, to celebrate their success in completing their program of study.

The ceremonies will take place at the Dalton Convention Center. Two separate ceremonies are being held in order to practice social distancing guidelines and accommodate friends and families of the graduates.

  • 2 p.m. For students in GNTC’s Business and Health programs.
  • 4 p.m.  For students in GNTC’s Industrial and Public Service programs.

At both ceremonies, Dr. Heidi Popham, president of GNTC, will welcome guests and introduce Jeremiah Cooper, GNTC’s 2021 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year, as the keynote commencement speaker. Cooper has been an instructor at GNTC since 2013. He is the program director and instructor of Welding and Joining Technology on the Walker County Campus. This is his second time serving as GNTC’s Rick Perkins Instructor of the year. Prior to joining GNTC, he served as a welder and fabricator at Gentry Steel Inc. from 2012-13 and held the same position at Wilson Fabrication from 2009-12. He was also an instructor for Childcare Network from 2009-12.

  • Stuart Phillips, vice president of Student Affairs at GNTC, will recognize High Honor and Honor graduates. A special recognition for graduates that are veterans, apprentices, Phi Beta Lambda members, SkillsUSA members, Student Government Association members and dual enrollment high school students will also be led by Phillips.
  • Dr. Elizabeth Anderson, vice president of Academic Affairs at GNTC, will present the graduates and Dr. Heidi Popham will confer the graduates with associate degrees, diplomas and certificates.

Bartow County Library System has been awarded $31,291 in American Rescue Plan funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through a competitive grant process. The library’s application was one of only 390 projects selected from 572 applications submitted in June 2021.

“As pillars of our communities, libraries and museums bring people together by providing important programs, services, and collections. These institutions are trusted spaces where people can learn, explore and grow,” said IMLS Director Crosby Kemper. “IMLS is proud to support their initiatives through our grants as they educate and enhance their communities.”

Bartow County Library System will use the funds to upgrade the community wing of its Cartersville branch. The library will be installing meeting pods and booths, and adding contactless doors in community restrooms. These improvements will create more private spaces for patrons to conduct meetings, job interviews, and other sensitive remote activities that have gone virtual because of COVID-19.

“The library system is thrilled to receive grant funds to improve library services to our community,” said Carmen Sims, Bartow County Library System Director. “People currently meet and work at open tables in the Cartersville Library’s community wing. The addition of the meeting pods and booths will provide a private, soundproof space for these tasks. We will also be adding a reservation system to book rooms within the library or remotely.”

Bartow County’s Grant Writing department assisted the library with the grant application.

“It means so much that our application was chosen out of hundreds of other submitted projects,” said Jessica Cantrell, Grants Specialist. “This project will really make a difference for the library and, most importantly, for Bartow County residents.”

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