Georgia Historical Society Honors Whitfield-Murray Historical Society as Affiliate Chapter of the Year

Elyse Butler, GHS Manager of Programs and Special Projects (center) presents the Affiliate Chapter of the Year Award to the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society President, Dale Lowman (left), and Trustee Chair Sue Crawford (right). 

Savannah, GA, January 22, 2024 – The Georgia Historical Society (GHS) named Whitfield-Murray Historical Society (WMHS) in Dalton, Georgia, as the 2023 Affiliate Chapter of the Year for its work in promoting history education in the Whitfield-Murray community. The award was presented at WMHS’s annual meeting on Sunday, January 21, 2024, by Elyse Butler, GHS Manager of Programs and Special Projects, and accepted by WMHS President Dale Lowman and Trustee Chair Sue Crawford.

“GHS is pleased to present the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society with the Affiliate Chapter of the Year Award. The Whitfield-Murray Historical Society has been involved with the Georgia Historical Society for over 35 years,” said Butler. “Their educational programming and care for historic sites, as well as their support of the Georgia Historical Society historical marker program, helps to ensure that the history of Whitfield and Murray counties is accessible to residents and visitors alike.”

The Georgia Historical Society’s Affiliate Chapter Program was established in 1996 to provide resources to local historical organizations and provide opportunities for those organizations to learn from one another, thereby developing a more informed network of institutions dedicated to sharing the many local stories that make up Georgia’s rich and diverse history. Today, the program includes nearly 200 participating organizations. Each year, GHS selects one affiliate member to be recognized as the Affiliate Chapter of the Year for its exemplary leadership in the field of Georgia state and local history.

“This is an honor to receive the GHS Affiliate of the Year award for the Whitfield Murray Historical Society,” said Lowman. “We strive to preserve the history and heritage of Whitfield and Murray counties within our museums and in our publications for all persons to experience and learn about the history of our counties. This is the goal of our organization.”

For more information about the Affiliate Chapter Program and Award, please contact Keith Strigaro, Director of Communications, at 912.651.2125, ext. 153, or by email at


The Georgia Historical Society (GHS) is the premier independent statewide institution responsible for collecting, examining, and teaching Georgia history. GHS houses the oldest and most distinguished collection of materials related exclusively to Georgia history in the nation.
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