Sunday, August 8, 1999
History is a bridge, says speaker

Staff Writer

History is a bridge between the new and the old, said David Piet, chairman of the Peachtree City Heritage Historic Preservation Committee, during unveiling of a historical market at Holly Grove AME Church.

His committee, the city of Peachtree City and the Georgia Historical Society worked together to purchase and install the first historical marker in that city.

“We have a wonderful community here, conceived by people of great vision, maintained by a competent governmental body and an active community,” said Piet. “Most of us love new things, the smell of a new car, the fresh modern look of a new home. Many of us also appreciate things from our past, the old colonial homes, the French Quarter, or perhaps Williamsburg.

“There is a point between new and old,” he said, “when things may lose their luster, but are not yet appreciated for [their] connection to our past. Often it is just before the bulldozer takes something down that we realize its historical value.”

Piet noted that while Peachtree City is only 45 years old, the history of Holly Grove AME Church goes back 57 years before that.

“The Preservation Committee is that bridge between the old and the new,” he said, “and we hope we can avoid anyone ever saying that we did not carry out our stated purpose: We are to help preserve, protect, chronicle, interpret and present history to the people of Peachtree City and to our visitors.”

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