The Thomasville History Center and The Bookshelf are honored to welcome Secretary Emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution G. Wayne Clough on Thursday, January 16 at 7pm for a free lecture and signing of his newest book, Things New & Strange: A Southerner’s Journey through the Smithsonian Collections at the History Center. Released in May by the University of Georgia Press, Things New & Strange chronicles Clough’s investigation into the Smithsonian’s collections for connections to South Georgia following his retirement. The objects and documents he encountered reflect important aspects of southern culture and history, document the evolution of the region over time, and led to reminiscences of his youth in South Georgia. Proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit the Smithsonian Institution. Clough will share his observations and discoveries in a free lecture prior to the signing. Attendees are not required to register, but those who would like to reserve a copy of Things New & Strange should contact the History Center at 229-226-7664 or firstname.lastname@example.org in advance. The Bookshelf will complete all transactions the night of the program and the books will be $37.40. The Thomasville History Center is located at 725 N. Dawson Street and parking is available on Dawson Street. G. Wayne Clough is Secretary Emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution. Clough, who currently lives in Atlanta, directed the Smithsonian from 2008-2014, and was president of the Georgia Institute of Technology from 1994-2008. He is the author of "Seeing the Universe from Here: Field Notes from My Smithsonian Travels."