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KENT: Program to explore history of Warner Robins namesake

The Warner Robins Heritage Society will have a very special guest next week.

Evelyn Merk, a longtime resident of Warner Robins who has as a personal interest in the city’s namesake, Augustine Warner Robins, will present a program titled, “Who is Augustine Warner Robins and Why is the City Named After Him?”

Art Howard of the Warner Robins Heritage Society said that the organization does historical programs about once a quarter. Started in 2012, the Warner Robins Heritage Society has as its mission to collect the history of the community.

Howard has lived in Warner Robins for 25 years, this being his last duty assignment in the Air Force. After meeting people and hearing their memories of Warner Robins and Wellston, Howard knew that there was something different here.

“It just struck me -- what an opportunity we have here; people that live here actually remember things before Warner Robins and the early days of the town. That is a very unique circumstance,” Howard said.

While Howard said he was excited about hearing Merk’s presentation and learning more about the general that the city was named after, he did know one interesting fact about Robins: He never came to Warner Robins. Robins died in 1940.

From race tracks, to a UGA mascot to a mill on Leisure Lake, Howard said that the mindset is that Warner Robins doesn’t have a history.

“But it really does, the history here is so rich; there is so much,” Howard said.

The Warner Robins Heritage Society’s presentation on Augustine Warner Robins is open to the public and will be presented at 10:30 a.m. July 27 at the Nola Brantley Library in the meeting room.