NCHS’ first lecture of 2020 will feature Gerald Andrews of NewSouth Books. He will speak on his recent publication, “A Mill Village Story: A Southern Boyhood Joyfully Remembered.”
“A Mill Village Story” is the record of one man’s upbringing in a place and time that is quickly vanishing. A quintessentially American small town, West Point, Georgia is a place defined by its local industry—a world-class textile mill run by the West Point-Pepperell corporation—and adherence to traditional Southern values of congeniality, manners, and friendliness. Everyone author Gerald Andrews knew or even just rubbed shoulders with worked at the mill, and it was Andrews’s experiences there that would take him from relative poverty to the corporate boardroom. “A Mill Village Story” is an account of Andrews’s early years, his rapid rise to leadership in various textile firms, and the special character of the village that shaped him.
Speaker/Author Gerald Andrews was a hardscrabble kid who grew up in a small Southern mill village, attended Auburn University and Harvard Business School, and would eventually receive over eighty-five awards for excellence in leadership and creativity over his nearly fifty-year career. Andrews served in over thirty leadership positions over thirty-nine years at West Point Stevens Inc.; was president and CEO of Johnston Industries; was CEO and chairman of Accelegrow Technologies; and was the executive-in-residence at Auburn University from 1997–1998. After residing in twenty-five distinct places over the course of his life, Andrews has finally settled in West Point, Georgia, with Claire Smith—his wife of sixty-two years—their three children, and his seven grandchildren. A Mill Village Story is his first book.
Please join us for the lecture series at the The Historic Train Depot, 30 East Broad Street at 6pm when the doors open. The speaker will begin at 6:30pm. Light refreshments will be served.