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Bicentennial Bus Tour - Rhodes Jordan Park

New! Learn about the history of Gwinnett County and the cities of Lawrenceville, Grayson, Snellville, Centerville, & Lilburn. Tour includes stops at various historic sites and districts. There will be time for lunch and shopping on your own in historic downtown Lilburn. All ages; $36/person, plus money for lunch/shopping; pre-register by Feb. 19 online using code RJP11420 or call 678-277-0890.
Bicentennial Bus Tour: Lawrenceville/Grayson/Snellville/Centerville/Lilburn - Rhodes Jordan Park

Learn about the history of Gwinnett County and the cities of Lawrenceville, Grayson, Snellville, Centerville, and Lilburn. Tour includes stops at historic sites and districts such as the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, Lawrenceville Female Seminary & Issac Adair House, Grayson Arts & History Center, Vines Park, Promised Land, Yellow River Post Office, and more. The tour will provide time for lunch and shopping on your own in historic downtown Lilburn. Register by February 19. All ages. Cost: $36 per person (plus money for lunch/shopping).

Location: Rhodes Jordan Park, 100 E. Crogan Street, Lawrenceville

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Free Citizenship Class

Free! The Asian American Advancing Justice,Center for Pan Asian Community Services, International Rescue Committee with partners of the New Americans Campaign will be hosting a free citizenship clinic to assist lawful permanent residents with the process of becoming a citizen in the U.S.. Legal representatives and Department of Justice accredited staff will be overseeing volunteers to assist those who qualify and qualifications include:

1. 18 years old or older

2. Must not have committed a crime

3. Those who read, write, and speak basic English

4. Have a Green Card for 5 years or

5. Their spouse is a US citizen and they have had a Green Card for 3 years

Location: Georgia Gwinnett College, Student Life Center (LVIS Room) 1000 University Center Ln, Lawrenceville, GA 30043

9:00 AM-5:00 PM Bicentennial Traveling Art Exhibition: Kudzu Artists (Nancy Nowak, Judith Surowe - Pinckneyville Park

Kudzu Art Zone serves the artist community and promotes the importance of the visual arts to individual growth, cultural heritage, and economic growth. Kudzu Art Zone presents exhibitions by local, regional, national and international artists. It demonstrates proactive local leadership by educating artists of all ages; cultivating and growing audiences; and encouraging collaboration among diverse artists, institutions, communities and supporters. A group of artists shared a vision of a thriving artist community and in June 2006 Kudzu Art Zone became a non-profit corporation. In late 2006, the City of Norcross donated a 3,200sq ft. building, Kudzu Art Zone’s current home at 116 Carlyle St. The building features a gallery, artist’s studios and ample space for professional and artistic development opportunities. With over 100 artist members, the Kudzu Art Zone has become a place to thrive, of community support and fellowship.

Location: Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center, 4650 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Berkeley Lake

9:00 AM-5:00 PM Black History Month Exhibit

Free! Self-guided exhibit that includes interesting history from Gwinnett's very own Promised Land community. Cost: Free. 

Monday through Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm (closed on Sundays). OneStop Centerville will be closed February 19.

Location: OneStop Centerville, 3025 Bethany Church Road, Snellville

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Historic Walking Tour

Free!Go back in time with our costumed historical interpreters as they guide you through historic downtown Lawrenceville. Perfect for anyone interested in learning the rich history of Gwinnett County. Cost: $8 per person. Pre-register by the Thursday prior to the tour. 

Location: Lawrenceville Female Seminary, 555 South Perry Street, Lawrenceville

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM World Thinking Day

In partnership with local Girl Scouts from the Apalachee Service Unit, the Gwinnett Environmental Heritage Center is proud to host the annual World Thinking Day. The event highlights international friendships and celebrates people and cultures from around the globe. Cost: $2 per person (for Girl Scouts, there will be a separate charge of a dime per beverage/food items and swaps).

Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, 2020 Clean Water Drive, Buford

10:00 AM-11:00 AM Historic Walking Tours

Go back in time with our costumed historical interpreters as they guide you through historic Downtown Lawrenceville. Perfect for anyone interested in learning the rich history of Gwinnett County! All ages; pre-register by 1/18 here with activity code LFS18710. Call 770.822.5178 for more information.
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM World Thinking Day

World Thinking Day - Saturday, February 24

In partnership with local Girl Scouts from the Apalachee Service Unit, the Gwinnett Environmental Heritage Center is proud to host the annual World Thinking Day. The event highlights international friendships and celebrates people and cultures from around the globe. Cost: $2 per person (there will be a separate charge of a dime per beverage/food items and swaps).

Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, 2020 Clean Water Drive, Buford

Bicentennial Torch and Traveling History Display - Gwinnett Historic Courthouse

The Bicentennial torch will on display at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse from February 14 through February 28.

The Bicentennial torch will be relayed by cross country and track teams from Gwinnett Public High School serving as torchbearers in this yearlong torch relay that will cover approximately 200 miles. Runners will carry the torch to historic sites, public facilities, and cities in Gwinnett throughout 2018, the bicentennial celebration year. A traveling Gwinnett County history exhibit will accompany the torch to many of these locations.

The Gwinnett County Bicentennial Torch Relay represents goodwill, the connection between communities, and Gwinnett County’s journey from 1818 to today, where it transformed from a largely agrarian community to one of the fastest growing, most diverse counties in the Southeast.

Gwinnett County’s bicentennial torch made its debut on December 15, 2017, at the bicentennial celebration’s first official event, A Frontier Affair: Prelude to Gwinnett’s Bicentennial, held at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse. On December 19, 2017, the torch made its second appearance at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center for a special presentation during a meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners. The torch relay will culminate at the County’s 200th Birthday Celebration on December 15, 2018, at Gwinnett’s Infinite Energy Center.

The torch will depart from Gwinnett Historic Courthouse at approximately 3:00pm on February 28 on its way to the next location, the Lawrenceville Public Library (arrival time approximately 4:00pm).

Visit www.Gwinnett200.com for more information on Gwinnett’s Bicentennial and to follow the torch route.

Location: Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 W. Crogan Street, Lawrenceville

Bicentennial Traveling Art Exhibition: Charlotte Elizabeth Edwards Howerton - Gwinnett Historic Courthouse

Charlotte was born January 27, 1916, in the family home on Level Creek Road (Sugar Hill, Gwinnett County). Living a full and adventurous life, she ventured from Gwinnett County in the midst of The Great Depression to Detroit, Michigan. There she found

employment and sent money home to assist her family. At the advent of World War II, she joined the Women’s Army Corps and served her country as a supply officer on several bases across the U.S. Married in 1946 in San Antonio, Texas, Charlotte and her husband were actively involved in the National Campers and Hiker’s Association for over 20 years. Here they served as state and national directors. It was during this time that Charlotte developed her skills as a painter. Her last years were devoted to creating three books about her life in “The House on Level Creek Road”, describing her life throughout the gold mining days, depression, and the war. It also describes her family life lived in the home on Level Creek Road and the family’s role in Gwinnett County.

Location: Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 Crogan Street, Lawrenceville

Historical “Sovereign Scavenger” Hunting - Gwinnett Historic Courthouse

Get involved in this fun and unique scavenger hunt! Stop by the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse front office and pick up a list specific historical items located throughout the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse and the grounds surrounding the courthouse. Using the list as your guide, spend time getting to know the history of Gwinnett County while locating all items on the list. Bring your completed list back to the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse front desk to receive your bicentennial prize and have your name inscribed on a “Sovereign Scavenger” certificate to be displayed for all to see. Cost: Free.

Location: Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 W. Crogan Street, Lawrenceville

This event occurs daily from January 15 – December 31, 2018 on Monday – Friday, 10:00am – 4:00pm; Saturdays 10:00am – 2:00pm.

Event will not be held on the following dates: January 1, April 1, May 29, July 4, September 3, November 22 & 23, and December 24 & 25

Looking Back Through the Lens: Bicentennial Traveling Art Exhibition - George Pierce Park

Free! View this collection of photos taken at various locations in Gwinnett dating from 1904 to 1978. This exhibit will travel throughout Gwinnett in celebration of Gwinnett County’s bicentennial year. 

Exhibit locations:

January 16 through April 10 (M – TH, 9:00am – 8:00pm; F, 9:00am – 4:00pm; SA, 10:00am – 6:00pm), George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center, 55 Buford Highway, Suwanee

April 16 through July 10 (M – TH, 10:00am – 8:00pm; F-SA, 10:00am – 5:00pm; SU, 12:00pm – 5:00pm), Peachtree Corners Library, 5570 Spalding Drive, Peachtree Corners

July 16 – October 9 (M, 8:30am – 8:00pm; TU – F, 8:30am – 4:30pm), Bethesda Park Senior Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville

October 15 – December 18 (M – F, 10:00am – 4:00pm; SA, 10:00am – 2:00pm), Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 Crogan Street, Lawrenceville