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Heritage Center: About the Heritage Center

Library Hours

Library Hours
Monday 7:30AM - 8:30PM
Tuesday 7:30AM - 8:30PM
Wednesday 7:30AM - 8:30PM
Thursday 7:30AM - 8:30PM
Friday 7:30AM -2:00PM
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday 2:00PM - 6:00PM

John K. Derden, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of History
Coordinator, Heritage Center
Office: (478) 289-2102
Fax: (478) 289-2141

Need Help? Ask a Librarian!

Do you have a research question? Stop by our reference desk or call (478) 289-2083 to speak to one of our helpful library staff members during Heritage Center business hours, or fill out the Ask a Librarian web form below with your question and a library staff member will answer your question within 48 hours.

Copying / Printing Services

Copying and printing services are available at the EGSC Library.  Copies can be made for 10 cents per page (cash only).  Several computers are available for printing using your student Go Print account.  A cash pay Go Print printer is available as well.

The Heritage Center

The Heritage Center, a part of the East Georgia State College Library, serves as an instrument for preserving historical data, stimulating historical interest and fostering collaboration with historical societies and area public libraries.  Specifically, the collection includes various print items, images, manuscripts, maps, artifacts, microforms, and digital and audio-visual materials focusing on local history and genealogical research, Emanuel County history, and Georgia history. As such the collection includes many items that are unique, historical, rare, and/or irreplaceable. Just as the college has expanded its geographical presence in recent years through the growth of enrollment, establishment of  additional campuses, creation of collaborative programs with area technical institutes and development of economic development activities, the Heritage Center allows it to have major impact on its service area in terms of historical and cultural understanding and awareness.  The Heritage Center initiative represents a historic opportunity for East Georgia State College and the communities it serves. 

Ebooks & GALILEO

Useful Websites

The Ancestry Library Edition collection available through GALILEO has approximately 4,000 databases including key collections such as:

  • U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1940
  • Map Center containing more than 1,000 historical maps
  • American Genealogical Biographical Index (over 200 volumes)
  • Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage (over 150 volumes)
  • The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1630
  • Social Security Death Index (updated monthly)
  • WWI Draft Registration Cards
  • Federal Slave Narratives
  • Civil War collection

Microfilm & Slides

The EGSC Library and Heritage Center house various microfilm such as:

Letters of J. William Rheney; 1839 - 1864.

Publisher: Atlanta: Ben W. Fortson, Ju., Secretary of State, 1955 

The Forest Blade, a Swainsboro newspaper, is available on microflim from 1901,1908-2001, 2009-2010  

Georgia Historical Society (1927-1947)(1965-1967)(1969-1972)

Slave schedule of the eighth census of the United States 1860


Antietam These slides were created from pictures taken of scenes in books as well as photographs taken at the actual, present-day location of the Antietam Battlefield. Dr. John K. Derden and Dr. James Stevenson. 

Emanuel County Historic Preservation Society Trips to Westville, Georgia and Sea Island, Georgia 1978-1979