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Georgia History: Matt Davis on The Old Governor's Mansion

Jan 04, 2016 02:30PM, Published by Jake Gentry, Categories: Lifestyle, Community, Today




Matt Davis, Director of the Old Governor’s Mansion in Milledgeville, Georgia, will speak at the Georgia Archives on Friday, January 29, 2016 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. Davis will speak on the history of the Old Governor’s Mansion.

Davis, a native of Kinston, North Carolina, received his education at Georgia College & State University. His duties as director of the Old Governor’s Mansion include oversight of the historic properties, coordinating administrative functions, research, curatorial work, educational programming and fundraising. In 2012, Davis was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries, and he was recently appointed to the Programming Committee for the Southeastern Museums Conference. He is a frequent guest speaker and presenter at museum conferences nationwide. Aside from his duties at the Mansion, Davis teaches history as an adjunct Assistant Professor of History at Georgia College & State University and at Georgia Military College. In 2011, he was named as the Museum Professional of the Year by the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries.

Completed in 1839, the Old Governor's Mansion served as the residence for Georgia's chief executives for over thirty years encompassing the antebellum, Civil War, and early Reconstruction phases of the state's history. Such notable residents as George Crawford, Howell Cobb and Joseph E. Brown used the Mansion as a stage for speeches and hosted prominent guests during their tenure. The Mansion was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1973. It is an accredited museum of the American Alliance of Museums, and in 2015 it was named an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

The Georgia Archives is a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and identifies, collects, manages, preserves, and publicizes records and information of Georgia and its people and assists state and local government agencies with their records management. This work is done within the framework of the USG’s mission to create a more highly educated Georgia.

Wood background courtesy Jay Hilgert. Photograph of Old Governor's Mansion courtesy the Georgia Archives.


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