Ocmulgee Archaeological Society Meeting- November 5th!

The next Ocmulgee Archaeological Society (OAS) meeting will be November 5th at 6:30 pm in Room 215 of the Science and Engineering Building located at 1550 College Street on the Macon campus of Mercer University. For directions to our meeting location check out the map located on our website at http:oasgroup.wix.com/archaeology but again note that we are in room 215 rather than the room number shown on the map.

This month we are happy to have historian Billie Cook presenting “Remnants of a forgotten industry: The textile mills of Central Georgia and Bibb Mill #1’s influence on the site of Ocmulgee National Monument”

Bill Cook currently serves as the Grant Writer for Middle Georgia State University. She was inspired to write her first book, Central Georgia Textile Mills, after moving to Payne City, a former textil mill village in Macon, Georgia. Billie is currently working on her second book about Dodge County and her hometown-Eastman, GA. She is also doing research for new book projects, including a project that uncovers unknown WPA artwork from New Deal archaeological projects. She is a graduate of the Middle Georgia State University History Program and is currently finishing up a MBA in Nonprofit Management from American Public University.

Billie’s professional experience includes positions at Ocmulgee National Monument Association, Ocmulgee National Monument, Southeast Archeological Center of the National Park Service, Hay House, and the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences. She was published in the academic journal, Beads-Journal of the Bead Researchers (2015) as a co-author to the article, Ceramic and Glass Beads as Symbolic Mixed Media in Colonial Native North America. A presentation on this discovery and article was included in last year’s Southeastern Archaeological Conference in Tulsa, OK. After our meeting, Billie will have copies of her book available for purchase.