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2013 Calendar of Events
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DATE EVENT
February 18 Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Presents Theodore Roosevelt
March 2 5th Annual Plains Pig Pickin
March 22 & 23 3rd Annual Peanut Classic Baseball Tournament
April 13 7th Annual Open Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show
April 27

Park to Park Bike Ride

Andersonville NHS to Jimmy Carter NHS

May 4 Jimmy Carter NHS Host Old Time Farm Day
August 17

National Honey Bee Day Celebrated at Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm
Saturday, August 17, 2013

September 28
17th Annual Peanut Festival
Dance that night with the Swinging Medallions.
October 5 Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Presents
"La Fiesta En El Parque" 2013
November 16 2nd Annual Veterans Day Fall Open Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show
November 23 Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Hosts "Cane Syrup Day"
Saturday, November 23rd, 2013
November 30 Christmas Parade and lighting of downtown Plains - 5:30 pm
December 14 Jimmy Carter National Historic Site to host candlelight tour of Carter Boyhood Home.

 

February 18, 2013

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Presents Theodore Roosevelt

Plains, Georgia: The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site invites you to a Presidents' Day  Celebration full of history, artifacts, and a visit from the great Rough Rider President, Theodore Roosevelt.

On February 18, 2013, we will begin our Presidents' Day Celebration with a discussion of presidential memorabilia by Dr. Laurence Cook of Cook and Cook Antiques and Home Furnishings, Inc. and Cook and Cook Estate Liquidators of Plains, Pennsylvania. He has been invited to lecture several groups on the various aspects of presidential history.

Dr. Cook has been a lifelong collector of presidential memorabilia and a subsequent presidential historian with an expansive collection of Theodore Roosevelt campaign and presidential material. The lecture entitled Amazing Presidential Facts, Coincidences and Unique Relationships will begin at 11:00am in the auditorium. It will cover interesting facts on each President from George Washington to Barack Obama. After the lecture, Dr. Cook will be on hand to answer questions on his collection and autograph his new book "Presidential Coincidences, Amazing Facts and Collectables" which will be on sale in the bookstore at Plains High School.

 We will also have as our very special guest, the Rough Rider President, Theodore Roosevelt. Joe Wiegand is regarded by many as the nation's premiere Theodore Roosevelt reprisor. He brings T.R. to life with an unparalleled grasp of history and an uncanny way of quickly convincing the audience that they are in the company of Theodore Roosevelt. As Theodore Roosevelt, Wiegand shares stories from a lifetime of service and adventure, ranging from cowboy excitement in the Dakotas to the charge of the cavalry up the heights of Santiago de Cuba. The audience can join T.R. on an African safari and an exploration of Amazon River jungles and hear tales of building the Panama Canal, a modern Navy and a vibrant conservation movement.

For more information call: (229) 824-4104

Sponsored by

The National Park Service / Jimmy Carter National Historic Site

Please check for upcoming events at www.nps.gov/jica.  For school trip information and reservations, please visit www.jimmycarter.info or call the historic site at (229) 824-4104. There is no charge for this event or to visit the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.

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March 13, 2013

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site to dedicate new exhibits in the Plains Depot

PLAINS - Jimmy Carter National Historic Site will be unveiling new exhibits in the Plains Depot on March 13, 2013 at 11:00 A.M.  President Carter will be in attendance and will speak on the importance of the depot.  After the brief talk, President Carter and the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The train depot, the oldest structure in Plains today, gained national notoriety in 1976 during the presidential campaign of Jimmy Carter.  The building was leased to the Carter Peanut Warehouse in the 1970s when Governor Jimmy Carter decided to run for the presidency.  He used the train depot in Plains as a center for his presidential campaign.  The building was cleaned and painted by Jimmy Carter's friends and family and officially opened on Easter Sunday, 1976.  Dedicated volunteers at the depot greeted thousands of visitors arriving daily to Plains to learn more about candidate Jimmy Carter.  Their hard work and dedication paid off on November 2, 1976, when Jimmy Carter was elected the 39th President of the United States. 

Following an emotional send-off by the president-elect himself, the "Peanut Special", an 18-car Amtrak train, pulled away from the rural Plains train station on January 19, 1977, and headed for Washington, D.C. bearing 382 proud and joyous Southerners who had chosen to take the historic 18-hour journey to attend the presidential inauguration on January 20, 1977.

The train depot continued to be a popular tourist attraction during President Carter's term of office. Today the depot stands as the most recognized symbol of the community of Plains and the 1976 Carter presidential campaign.


March 22 & 23, 2013

3rd Annual Peanut Classic Baseball Tournament


April 13, 2013

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April 27, 2013

Park-To-Park Bike Ride: Andersonville NHS to Jimmy Carter NHS

Andersonville, Georgia to Plains, Georgia: It's time to bring that old bike out of storage in the garage, knock off the dust, oil the chains, pump up the tires and check the brakes. The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site is partnering with Sumter Cycling, the River Valley Regional Commission, and the Andersonville National Historic Site to host the annual Park-to-Park bike ride from the Andersonville National Historic Site, through Americus, GA, to the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site on April 27, 2013 during National Park Week.

What better way to start off the warm season than with a bike ride through Sumter County to rejuvenate your passion for the open road. The ride will begin at the National Prisoner of War Museum parking lot located at the Andersonville National Historic Site, continuing through historic Downtown Americus, Georgia and on to the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains, Georgia. That's not all though; this year the ride boasts the option of a full loop back to Andersonville with an additional rest stop in Ellaville, GA.

Registration will begin at 8:00am at the Andersonville National Historic Site.

There is a cost this year -

$15 for the half ride to Plains (includes a shuttle back to Andersonville)

$20 for the full ride (includes a lunch voucher)

Rest stops will be provided along the way, as well as a support vehicle for minor mechanical issues and first aid.

For more information and updates visit http://www.activevalley.org/prisontopeanuts.htm , www.facbook.com/JimmyCarterNHS, or contact:  Jimmy Carter NHS: 229-824-4104    Andersonville NHS: 229-924-0343    RVRC: 706-256-2910


May 4, 2013

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Host "Old Time Farm Day"

 

Old Time Farm Day will be held Saturday, May 4th, from 10:30a.m. until 3p.m. at the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm located in Archery, Georgia, just west of Plains.  This special event, which is free to the public, highlights farm life in the "good ol' days."  Demonstrations will include plowing with mules, blacksmithing, and peanut boiling. Earl Carter's Country Store will also be open and you may purchase items from it. Buy a postcard, and a representative from the Plains Post Office will be on hand to stamp and postmark your purchase.

Make plans to visit the Boyhood Farm at Jimmy Carter National Historic Site for Old Time Farm Day. You may check on upcoming events at: www.nps.gov/jica and for school trip information and reservations, please visit: www.jimmycarter.info or call (229) 824-4104 for more information. There is no admission charge to visit the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.

 


August 17, 2013

National Honey Bee Day Celebrated at Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm
Saturday, August 17, 2013


DeWayne Pitts and Ranger Randy Dillard checking hives at the Jimmy Carter National
Historic Site


Plains, GA - August 17, 2013 is National Honey Bee Day, and the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site will be hosting programs that day at 11 AM, and 2 PM at the Boyhood Farm located on Old Plains Highway. Recently, the Jimmy Carter NHS added honey bee hives to the farm. In his book, An Hour Before Daylight, President Carter states, "One important source of income was high-quality honey, which we sold either in the comb or centrifuged to extract the pure nectar." He also says, "Daddy maintained about two dozen hives, and we processed the honey, consumed what we needed for our family, and sold the rest."


Programs on August 17, 2013 will offer information about basic bee keeping, and how to start your own hives. An observation hive will also be present, so you can see how honey bees work. The programs will be presented by DeWayne Pitts of Americus, who is assisting the Jimmy Carter NHS with our hives, Jessie McCurdy of Perry, Ga., who has over 30 years experience in keeping honey bees, and Bryan Payne of Fort Valley, Ga., who is the current president of the Heart of Georgia Beekeeper's Association.


October 5, 2013

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Presents
"La Fiesta En El Parque" 2013

 

Plains, Georgia: Enjoy authentic food, festive music, traditional dances, arts and crafts, and a children's carnival as part of "La Fiesta En El Parque" 2013. The festival is scheduled for October 5 at Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains, GA from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be nonstop entertainment taking place on stage at Jimmy Carter National Historic Site's main visitor center Plains High School. Havana Son and other local groups will be performing traditional Mexican music and other Latin rhythms like salsa, son, boleros, cumbia and meringue.

The children's area will include an obstacle course and playground area located at Plains High School. Children can have their face painted and enjoy games and arts and crafts. Booths with information about health, education and social services will be located in the festival area at Plains High School.

A "Taste of Latin America" will be set up on the grounds of Plains High School. This area will host a variety of typical dishes from different countries. The festival is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Steve Theus at 229-824-4104 ex 42. You can also visit our Web site, www.nps.gov/jica.


November 16, 2013

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November 23, 2013

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Hosts "Cane Syrup Day"
Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

 

Plains, GA-Jimmy Carter National Historic Site is pleased to announce the celebration ofCane Syrup Day, Saturday, November 23, 2013. Demonstrations will be presented throughout the day between 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. This event will highlight cane syrup making in the "good old days". Demonstrations will include cane stripping, cane squeezing, syrup making, corn shelling, and blacksmithing.

Visitors to the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm will enjoy watching the park staff feed the freshly cut sugar cane into the mule driven cane press. In the press, the cane is passed through rollers to extract the juice.

President Carter wrote about how sugar cane was turned into syrup on his father's farm in his book An Hour Before Daylight. President Carter's childhood memories are kept alive through living history demonstrations on the Boyhood Farm.

Make plans to visit the boyhood farm at Jimmy Carter National Historic Site for Cane Syrup Day and experience what life was like in the 1930's.

Please check for upcoming farm events at www.nps.gov/jica. For school trip information and reservations, please visit www.jimmycarter.info or call the historic site at (229) 824-4104. There is no charge for this event or to visit the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.


December 14, 2013

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site to host candlelight tour of Carter
Boyhood Home.

 

Tis the season as the saying goes, and what better way to start off the Christmas season than with a candlelight tour of Jimmy Carter's Boyhood Home?

On December 14, 2013, the staff of the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site will be dressed in period attire and will be offering guided tours through the decorated boyhood home of the 39th President.

Come stroll through the Boyhood Home and see the decorations created by the residents of the Sumter County Retirement Center in Plains; listen to interpreters presenting President Carter's memories and hear how these memories are special to him still; and see if you too can catch the
Christmas Spirit!

The guided tours will last 45 minutes and will start at 6:30 p.m. and will end at 8:00 p.m. Registration for this event is limited to 20 people per group, per time slot,and time slots can be reserved by calling the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site at 229-824-4104 ex 17.

Please check for upcoming events at www.nps.gov/jica. For school trip information and reservations, please visit www.jimmycarter.info or call the historic site at (229) 824-4104. There is no charge for this event or to visit the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.
 


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