The Sugar Hill Historic Preservation Society will welcome Robert Coughlin, author of “Lake Sidney Lanier ‘A Storybook Site’: The Early History & Construction of Buford Dam,” to the Eagle Theatre for a history lecture Wednesday, Aug. 16.
The free event, which is part of the 2023 Summer Speakers Series, will begin at 6:30 p.m. The speaking engagement coincides with an exhibit on Lake Lanier now on display at the Sugar Hill History Museum.
In his book, Coughlin has compiled research on the history of Lake Lanier and the construction of Buford Dam. The book inspired a five-part article series published by the North Gwinnett Voice on the historical significance of Lake Lanier:
- Lake Lanier history: From past to present, Lake Lanier shapes local community
- Lake Lanier history: March 1950 marks beginning of construction
- Lake Lanier history: Dam, lake construction continues until workers strike
- Lake Lanier history: Crews complete structures that would become Buford Dam
- Lake Lanier history: Completion of Buford Dam meant reservoir could fill
The Eagle Theatre is at 5029 W. Broad St. in Sugar Hill. Click here for more information on this event.
FEATURED PHOTO: Attendees make their way on foot along a dirt road that would eventually become Buford Dam Road to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Lake Lanier/Buford Dam project. Guests had to walk because rain the previous night turned the dirt to mud. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District.