Squires & Stags April 5th meeting looks at early life along the Etowah

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Funk Heritage Center is a museum featuring the history of the American Indian. Photo courtesy of Funk Heritage Center

By Bennett Whipple

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Dr. Joe Kitchens, Director of Funk Heritage Center at Waleska’s Reinhart University. Photo by Sue Munsen.

“Ancient Ruins at Wal-Mart” will be the title of Dr. Joseph Kitchens’ presentation to Squires & Stags at its breakfast meeting on April 5.

Imagine a trove of artifacts buried for as long as 2,000 years. That’s what they found in Cherokee County when beginning construction of the Canton Wal-Mart in 1994. They had unearthed long-buried relics from the valley of the Etowah, home to indigenous people dating back to the time of Christ.

Dr. Kitchens will also talk about the Funk Heritage Center at Waleska’s Reinhart University, for which he is the director. It is a museum featuring the history of the American Indian, among other early American exhibits.

He is a historian, earning the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history from the University of Georgia. Dr. Kitchens is the author of more than ninety magazine and newspaper articles about Georgia history and life. In 2005, he was chosen “Museum Professional of the Year” by the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries.

This month, Squires & Stags will meet in the Mountains Grille in the Clubhouse at Lake Sconti. This is a change from the usual meeting room due to the expansion of the Pub. Coffee is ready at 7:45 a.m. with a time for fellowship and conversation followed by a buffet breakfast at 8:00 a.m.

A meeting notice will be sent by email, but you may make required reservations now on the POA website’s events calendar by clicking here or by calling Becca Weck at the clubhouse at (706) 268-3326.

An email meeting reminder is sent monthly to all property owners. New members and guests are always welcome to attend. The price of breakfast is $12 cash at the door.

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