The program for November will be presented by Jerry Taylor, Towns County’s official historian. His topic will be “The Life and Times of the Hiawassee Academy.” He will discuss the plight of education in the area during the post Civil War period and the emergence of church-supported classical academies at the time. Hiawassee Academy was one of those schools under the leadership of Rev. F. C. McConnell and Rev. George W. Truett. Taylor will share information regarding the formation, curriculum, discipline, faculty, and other activities of the school. The school played a vibrant part of the educational and social scene of the area until its demise in the late 1920s when it was sold to the county and began a new life as Towns County High School.