A collection of over 250 photographs from Worth County’s 1953 Centennial Celebration is now accessible through the DLG. The project is a partnership between Georgia HomePLACE, the digitization unit of the Georgia Public Library Service, the Worth County Historical Society, the Worth County Library and the Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce.
Known as the “Peanut Capital of the World,” Worth County was formed Dec. 20, 1853, from parts of Dooly and Irwin counties. In October 1953, the county honored its centennial anniversary with a weeklong celebration that included parades, pageant, special guest speakers, and the cutting of the Worth County Centennial Cake. The newly digitized collection documents this local history and marks the county’s 166th anniversary.
Mary King Givens, project coordinator for the Worth County Historical Society, says, “The 1953 Worth County Centennial was an extraordinary event involving communities throughout the county, hundreds of participants and dignitaries, Governor Herman Talmadge and Senator Richard Russell. Preservation and access to this collection ensures its survival for many years to come.”