7 January 2019
It’s a new year and Dautzenlein Connections is going to change things up a little bit. This comes as a result of six years of intense research into several aspects of the Cherokee Removal or “Trail of the Tears”, in North Georgia.
During this last year, 2018, Vogt-Dautzenlein Research and Documentation finished two research projects that resulted in two reports. The reports and presentations made to the Georgia Department of Transportation, the United States Corps of Engineers, Cherokee County Historical Society, the Stamp Creek History and Heritage Center, and a round-table of academics and historians has culminated in our findings being introduced at two museums this Fall.
This year also saw the Spring 2018 issue of Georgia Backroads Magazine feature a story about our efforts and research to locate and preserve the lost site of Fort Buffington, one of the removal forts in North Georgia. Vogt-Dautzenlein is fortunate to be a Consulting Party for Department of Transportation, under Section 106 of the National Historic preservation Act, relating to two different highway projects that impact Removal sites or trails.
The last six years have been incredibly intense, research years. That last statement may seem odd if you think that research is sitting in a library, reading dusty, old books. Searching for lost historical people places and things, under the deadline of approaching bulldozers and doom, can be exhausting! This may not be an “Indiana Jones – Temple of Doom” type doom but one does experience the feeling of that famous boulder scene when the giant boulder rolls down towards “Indy”. For the last six years it seemed like the boulder was gaining ground on us.
In 2019, we are going to focus on the documentation part of Vogt-Dautzenlein Research and Documentation. In one of my talks I joked that, when it comes to history, “ A short pencil beats a long memory “. In other words, Write it down before it gets lost, again. That’s what we are going to do over this next year.
We are going to publish some discoveries that we made over the last 6 years, right here on these pages, in an effort to document and preserve the knowledge. We are also going to share some observations, musings, and perhaps even an opinion or two.
Keep checking back this year because there will be regular installments of new and exciting information that we have recovered during our research.
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