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There is an ongoing development of online exhibits—
some interactive with maps, documents and photographs—
and online courses are offered to students and teachers. The
website is a veritable cornucopia of Georgia history.
Between the resources available for teachers, students and
your non-academe hobbyists, it would be difficult to run out
of new information to discover on the website.
Many of the exhibits featured in the Hodgson Hall collection are also featured online. Digital images of artifacts
and documents offer a visual aid and provide a background for study. Many of the exhibits come with a
teacher’s guide and there is a separate “For Educators”
page. There are guides for the Georgia Milestones
Assessment test but also for everything from “three centuries of Georgia history” to Juliette Gordon Low to the history of Delta Air Lines.
Each guide comes with not only information about the
topic but also suggested activities— one of those suggested for the Juliette Gordon Low guide involves reading medical reports from the 1876 Yellow Fever Epidemic that hit
Savannah when Low was 16. More than 1,000 people would
die of the fever that year and, along with the death of her
sister, would have a profound impact on the life of Low.
Besides the individual teacher guides for different topics, there is also an educator web guide— a downloadable
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PDF meant to serve as a one-stop shop for educators interested in learning about the all that is available from the
GHS. It contains links to online exhibits, biographical
resources, primary source sets, classroom activities,
archival collection finding aids, Today in Georgia History
episodes, New Georgia Encyclopedia articles, and historical
markers. It is arranged chronologically and separated into
historical time-periods from pre-colonial to modern Georgia.
Education Coordinator Sophia Sineath has a blog
called “Sophia’s Schoolhouse” that documents her efforts
at spreading stories from Georgia history. Sineath is also
the editor of the Society’s magazine Georgia History
Today. Most posts on the “Schoolhouse” are videos
about a particular character from Georgia history or
interviews with experts about a particular topic. One
recent entry highlighted Georgia women during the
American Revolution. It focused particularly on a letter
written by Abigail Minis in 1780 and aims to help better
understand the important economic role played by
women during the war.
Most of the videos are short— less than five minutes— but some of the interviews may stretch out to
around 15 minutes. For school classes, teaching social
studies for usually an hour a day, it’s a great addition to
the curriculum.


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