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Senator Jack Hill: 30 Years of Life in Georgia Politics

GS Graduate student Kim Liebl has spent the past year cataloging Senator Jack Hills papers which is now part of the Henderson Library special collection and gave a presentation on her work.

GS Graduate student Kim Liebl presented Senator Jack Hill: 30 Years of Life in Georgia Politics at the Bulloch County Historical Societies monthly meeting on Monday, March 27, 2023.  The lunch meeting was held at Pittman Park UMC.

Watch the entire presentation below:

Kim is completing her Master's Degree in History with a concentration in Public History.  She has been cataloging the material in the Jack Hill Collection, which is held by the Zach S. Henderson Library Special Collections.

The collection which originally included 30 boxes and two large folders of papers and material was donated by the Senator Hill's son Lance Hill after Senator Hill died.  Kim has spent over 100 hours the past year processing the records and material.

Once complete, the entire collection which includes political and constituent documents, pictures, audio-visual material, newspaper clippings and artifact will be available to researchers and the general public.  Kim is also creating a detailed list of the collection which will be made available online as well.

In addition to the collection, Kim is creating a temporary exhibit at the Henderson Library which will open on April 10th and end on May 31, 2023 and a permanent exhibit that will be installed at the Jack and Ruth Ann Hill Convocation Center which is under construction now on the GS campus.

On Thursday, April 13, 2023 at 3:30 PM there will be a public reception for the exhibit on the second floor of the Zach S. Henderson Library on the GS campus.

These exhibits will cover three areas of Senator Hill's life:

  • Before Politics
  • 30 Years in office
  • His recognition and legacy

Kim never met Senator Hill in person, but has spent a lot of time getting to know him through his work.  When asked what impressed her most about Senator Hill after working through his body of work.  She replied, "Senator Hill never was really a political person.  He never sought to climb the political ladder.  Everything he did he did for his constituents.  His dedication to his district and his constituents are what impressed me the most.  You do not see that any more."

Family members, including Senator Hill's son and daughter-n-law Lance and Sheila Hill and sister Jill Flynn, along with friends of Senator Jack Hill attended to luncheon.

Senator Jack Hill's friends and family attending the luncheon with Kim Liebl in black and green on front row. Lori Grice

When Senator Hill died, he was the longest serving Georgia State Senator.