Learn your Safe Routes to School before heading back on Tuesday!

City Schools of Decatur are back in session on Tuesday! Learn your Safe Route to School before you walk or roll. Our updated Safe Routes to School map is below and you can also scan the QR code to store the map on your phone. Visit our SRTS webpage to learn more.

Safe Routes to School Map

HAPPiFEET Decatur App is Now Live!

We are thrilled to introduce HAPPiFEET Decatur app on your Google Play or Apple App Store! HAPPiFEET Decatur is Decatur Parks and Recreation’s newest app to help you share comments and concerns about our parks and facilities. HAPPiFEET Decatur makes it easy for you to share information with us to help make our parks experiences even more enjoyable! Download now and tell us what you love about parks or facilities you often visit, or provide input for Decatur Recreatur – our Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

This app is exclusively for Decatur’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan and does not take the place of the SeeClickFix Decatur app.

Don’t forget to complete the online survey and be a part of shaping the Decatur Parks and Recreation Master Plan. Let your voice be heard today! Visit DecaturRecreatur.com to complete the survey by August 10th.

Reach out to Sara Holmes at sara.holmes@decaturga.com for questions or concerns.

Decatur Recreatur Online Survey now extended until August 10!

Be a part of shaping the Decatur Parks and Recreation Master Plan. Let your voice be heard today! Visit DecaturRecreatur.com to complete the survey.

The online survey will be on the DecaturRecreatur.com homepage until August 10th!

Reach out to Sara Holmes at sara.holmes@decaturga.com for questions or concerns.

Bright at Night Walk Tonight at 8pm

Take a walk with the Pedestrian Advisory Committee! This Friday, July 22, at 8 p.m. starting at Decatur Recreation Center. PAC hopes to encourage citizens to enjoy walking in Decatur, day and night. To address safety concerns and to help citizens enjoy the city at night, we are offering a series of Bright at Night walks that encourage community and exercise. All participants receive wearable lights to wear on future walks.

Decatur Recreatur Online Survey is now LIVE!

Be a part of shaping the Decatur Parks and Recreation Master Plan. Let your voice be heard today! Visit DecaturRecreatur.com to complete the survey.

The online survey will be on the DecaturRecreatur.com homepage for the month of July. Reach out to Sara Holmes at sara.holmes@decaturga.com for questions or concerns.

Decatur Recreatur Online Survey is now LIVE!

Be a part of shaping the Decatur Parks and Recreation Master Plan. Let your voice be heard today! Visit DecaturRecreatur.com to complete the survey.

The online survey will be on the DecaturRecreatur.com homepage for the month of July. Reach out to Sara Holmes at sara.holmes@decaturga.com for questions or concerns.

Bright at Night Walk this Friday

Take a walk with the Pedestrian Advisory Committee! This Friday, June 24, at 8 p.m. starting at Decatur Recreation Center. PAC hopes to encourage citizens to enjoy walking in Decatur, day and night. To address safety concerns and to help citizens enjoy the city at night, we are offering a series of Bright at Night walks that encourage community and exercise. All participants receive wearable lights to wear on future walks.

Congrats to the DHS Girls Ultimate Team

Ultimate

Congratulations to Decatur High School Girls Ultimate Team for winning the Treminus Juniors tournament. Many of the players started right here in on the Decatur Active Living Ultimate Team.  It is awesome to see that the DAL program continues to serve as a feeder program to the High School Ultimate team.  

Touch A Truck & Touch A Budget TOMORROW!!

After two long years Touch A Truck is back! Visit trucks, bikes, MARTA vehicles and get a popsicle from King of Pops! We are partnering with City’s Touch A Budget and Clean Energy Plan. Help us kick off Spring with our most beloved event. See you all there!

Touch A Truck – Saturday, March 19 . 10am – 2pm . East Lake MARTA Station, North Lot

Celebrating Women’s History with Ann Axtell Morris

Ann received her bachelor’s degree from Smith College in 1922. After graduating, she traveled to Paris for field training with the American School of Prehistoric Research in France. Ann entered professional life as an archeologist at a time when men largely did not include women in the discipline. In 1923, Ann married Earl Halstead Morris. Though an archeologist in her own right, Ann referred to her “career of being an archeologist’s wife,” eluding to the tactic of women archeologists to navigate institutional sexism and find a place for themselves. Smith College awarded Ann an honorary master’s degree in 1935. 

On their honeymoon, Ann and Earl excavated Mummy Cave, now inside Canyon de Chelly National Monument in Arizona, where they hired Navajo to work on the dig. From 1923 to 1929, and again in 1932, the Morrises excavated Canyon del Muerto. Ann developed methods to document architecture, petroglyphs and pictographs, and landscapes. Ann’s colorful drawings captured information that then-popular black-and-white photography would have lost. For example, while at Canyon del Muerto, she made watercolors of the cave and kiva wall paintings to “copy in full color and accurate detail as many of the hundreds of pictographs along the canyon’s gallery walls as possible.” In 1929, she illustrated the ancient art at Antelope House, Pictograph Cave, and Standing Cow Ruins. These paintings were exhibited at the American Museum. The couple worked on multiple sites during this time, including Mesa Verde in Colorado and Aztec Ruins in New Mexico. 

Starting in 1924, in cooperation with the Carnegie Institute of Washington, the Morrises spent five winters excavating the Mayan city Chichén Itzá in eastern Mexico. When Ann first arrived, archeologist Sylvanus Morley told her to babysit his six-year-old daughter and act as hostess to visiting guests. Ann, instead, convinced him to allow her to excavate a small, overlooked temple.  Ann also copied the Temple of the Warrior murals, which took four seasons. Her final illustrations were published in Temple of the Warriors at Chichén Itzá, Yucatan, coauthored with Earl and a French painter, Jean Charlot.

Together, Ann and Earl wrote many studies on ancient lifeways within the American Southwest and Mexico, including one on Native American sandals that their archeologist daughter Elizabeth Ann expanded upon years later. Ann herself wrote two popular books, Digging in the Southwest (which upended conventional thinking about the Anasazi people) and Digging in the Yucatan. Ann intended the books to have a popular audience, in order to educate the public about the field. The publishers, however, marketed the books to older children because they did not recognize that women could write literature about archeology for adults.

Ann and Earl Morris had two daughters, Elizabeth Ann and Sarah Lane. Elizabeth studied Anthropology at the University of Arizona, and following in her parents footsteps, became an Archaeologist and Professor at Colorado State University.

Image credit: Gift of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1958. © President and Fellows of Harvard College, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, 58-34-00/2.1347

Morris, Ann Axtell
1931 Digging in Yucatan. Junior Literary Guild. New York City.
1933 Digging in the Southwest. Doubleday, Doran & Co.

Sources:
Burgh, Robert F.
1957 “Earl Halstead Morris, 1889-1956.” American Anthropologist, Vol. 59, Iss. 3.

Lister Florence, C. and Robert H. Lister
1993 Earl Morris & Southwest Archaeology. Western National Parks Association.

Theis, Aaron
2013 “Ann Axtell Morris: Art in Archaeology of the Southwest and Mesoamerica.” Archaeological Institute of America.

https://www.nps.gov/people/ann-axtell-morris.htm