1540 - The Year That Changed Everything
JANUARY 8 , Rome, Georgia
The Rome Area History Museum announces the first lecture in its new Snapshot in Time series which
will be held on a Thursday evening every month. Each lecture will focus on one year in the history of the Rome,
Georgia, area in which local events occurred that had far reaching effects across both time and space.
The first lecture in the series will be presented on Thursday, January 8th by Jim Langford, president
of the Coosawattee Foundation, a Calhoun-based organization that has worked since 1986 to increase
public awareness about the importance and fragility of archaeological resources and the landscapes in which
they are found.Langford, who has studied 16th century sites in northwest Georgia for over twenty-five years,
will present “1540 – the Year that Changed Everything”. Langford will focus his talk on the Hernando DeSoto
expedition of 1540 during which Indian populations of the Southeast encountered Europeans in a substantial
way. This encounter led to the dramatic demise of Indian populations – perhaps as high as 90 percent of the
populations disappeared in a 50-year period - in this part of the United States. Langford and other researchers
have documented and excavated many sites in the Rome, Calhoun and Cartersville area, and this research
demonstrates that DeSoto and other Spanish explorers visited Northwest Georgia in the mid-16th Century.
This research also shows that at the time of the Spanish explorations, the “province” of Coosa was the largest
and most politically powerful culture north of Mexico.A social Meet and Greet at the Museum will begin at 6:30. Langford’s lecture will start before 7:00 pm. A donation of $7 per person to the event would be appreciated.
The Rome Area History Museum is located at 305 Broad Street in downtown Rome.
For more information about this event, contact the museum at 706-235-8051.
Contact person for this event is Cherry Johnson - Curator and Director of Programs.
From Southeastern Archaeology News: http://www.southeasternarchaeology.com/upcomingevents.html