Emmy Award winner to deliver Georgia History Festival keynote at Columbus Museum

 Stan Deaton

The Emmy Award-winning writer and host of the "Today in Georgia History" TV and radio segments on Georgia Public Broadcasting will speak Thursday in Columbus.

Stan Deaton, the Georgia Historical Society's senior historian, will deliver the 2016 Georgia History Festival's keynote address at 6 p.m. in the Patrick Theatre of the Columbus Museum. His presentation is titled "The Birth of the American Dream: How the Real Mad Men Changed the World."

"The program will focus on the 20 years following World War II, as post-war Americans became mass consumers of goods, entertainment and information," Deaton said in a news release. "This rise of the middleclass consumer was driven largely by the real 'Mad Men' of Madison Avenue but there were other societal forces at work, from suburbs to fast food, that changed everything about the way Americans lived and their place in the world. We're going to discuss that in a fun and informative way that sheds light on who they were and the world they created."

Admission is free, courtesy of sponsors Synovus and TSYS. The lecture will be recorded for a later broadcast on C-SPAN.

Deaton earned a doctorate in history from the University of Florida, a master's degree in history from the University of Georgia and a bachelor's degree in journalism from UGA. He is a public speaker, writer, teacher and lecturer for the Georgia Historical Society, where he has worked since 1998. He also serves as managing editor of the Georgia Historical Quarterly and writes newspaper columns and a blog called "Off the Deaton Path."

The Georgia History Festival is the Georgia Historical Society's signature K-12 educational program. Running from September through February each year at various locations throughout the state, the festival comprises events designed to bring history to life and encourage Georgians to, as the website puts it, "explore the richness and diversity of our state's past."

The society's annual Trustees Gala, Feb. 13 in Savannah, will induct retired Synovus chairman and CEO Jimmy Blanchard and Coca-Cola chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent as the newest trustees. For a complete list of the festival's events, see

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