The South Georgia Archives at Thronateeska Heritage Center is dedicated to collecting and caring for the archives and artifacts that tell the story of Albany and Southwest Georgia’s history. From applying restoration techniques and proper storage, to creating a digital database record of all items, to displaying the items in our History and Science Museums, the South Georgia Archives strives to preserve and share the region’s history.

Here are just a few of the services we provide:

  • Scanning and digitizing records
  • Records storage
  • Document destruction
  • Workflow
  • Digital forms
  • Open Records requests
  • Online Access
  • Historic Preservation Services

To request a transcript from Darsey Private School or SWGA Regional Academy, please click here for a Transcript Request Form.

Thursday & Friday
1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Or by appointment

  • Zygorhiza

    Zygorhiza

    The whale species, Zygorhiza, is a 36-million-year-old ancestor of modern-toothed whales and porpoises. This 20-foot long creature had both pointed teeth for grabbing prey and saw-edged teeth for slicing and chewing. This is the cast of a skeleton found in Twiggs County, Georgia, with a shark in its belly!

  • History of Flight

    History of Flight

    On December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first successful flight in a powered airplane. They flew it four times on December 17, 1903, near Kill Devil Hills, about four miles south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. This ½ scale model hangs in the Science Museum. The original Wright Flyer hangs in the Smithsonian.

  • Train Exhibit

    Train Exhibit

    Southwest Georgia has a rich railroad history. Albany’s Union Depot, built in 1913, was used by five different railroads that served the city. Seven rail lines radiating out of Albany converged at Union Depot.

  • Georgia Museum of Surveying and Mapping

    Georgia Museum of Surveying and Mapping

    Located in the History Museum, this exhibit demonstrates how surveying and mapping has shaped, and is shaping, the world in which we live. The collection consists of more than 100 surveying and mapping instruments and tools dating back to the eighteenth century, along with a growing collection of surveys and maps from around Georgia.

  • Original Brick Streets

    Original Brick Streets

    Thronateeska is located at Heritage Plaza on the only remaining brick street in the city. Laid in 1913 as part of a larger downtown street improvement project, the street’s brick paving materials are characteristic of early twentieth-century street and highway construction.

  • Bobs Candy Company

    Bobs Candy Company

    Bobs Candy Company was started by Bob McCormack in Albany in 1919. The company produced a variety of candies but is perhaps best known for their peppermint. Bobs invented the Keller Machine to automate the process of twisting the signature hook in the candy cane, making mass production possible.

  • Artesian City

    Artesian City

    Georgia’s first free-flowing artesian well was dug in western Dougherty County in 1881 and produced pure water for many years. The City of Albany continued to drill many artesian wells and even adopted the free-flowing water as its symbol and nickname, The Artesian City, on the official Seal of the City.

  • South Georgia Archives

    South Georgia Archives

    The archives houses nearly 10,000 books, boxes, and miscellaneous items for clients at 5,441 cubic feet. These items would fill 5 ½ U-Haul trucks. Placed end-to-end the boxes would stretch more than a mile!

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Hours of Operation

Thursday – Saturday
10:00 am –  4:00 pm