Effort underway to preserve personal history of Walker County

Contributed photo by David Boyle / Drawings of historic buildings in LaFayette by North LaFayette and Naomi Elementary students are displayed at the History Harvest on Sept. 21.

Like many recipes, the one for caramel icing passed down by Sheri Aldridge's grandmother has been tweaked over its decades of gracing the family's table. Aldridge, a Walker County resident, now uses it to top an egg-less, milk-free applesauce cake whose recipe came from a family friend from Montana.

This is part of her North Georgia heritage, and it's exactly the kind of thing Bandy Heritage Center Director Adam Ware is looking to add to the center, which is expanding at Dalton State College. He is working with local historical groups to further complete the mission of documenting life from "Chatsworth to Cloudland to Calhoun."

As Ware collects, he's often confronted with local citizens who don't think their histories are worthy of being featured.

"When I try to talk to people about material history here and growing the collection, a lot of people don't think something's historic if they were there for it or if they were a part of it the idea that history is something that happens extraordinarily elsewhere to other people," he said.