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“TODAY IN GEORGIA
HISTORY”
Through a partnership with Georgia Public
Broadcasting (GPB), the GHS also put together the
“Today in Georgia History.” For many Georgians, this
may have been the most prominent work from the GHS.
The award-winning project documented a historical
event or person from Georgia history associated with
every day of the year. The segments aired on GPB television and radio from 2011-2013 and are still available
online. There is plenty to work with but filling out 365
days gets a wide array of Georgia topics— everything
from the birth of the 19th century humor writer Charles
Henry Smith— pen name Bill Arp— in 1826 to the opening of Six Flags Over Georgia in 1967.
The website contains all the original audio and video of
the segments and includes tips for teachers— curriculum,
writing prompts, review questions and discussion topics,
classroom exercises, follow-up research topics and selected primary-source material.
THE HISTORY FESTIVAL
For students, the most visible addition from the GHS
may be the Georgia History Festival. It is the “signature K12 educational program” and begins annually with the
new school year in September. A variety of programs,
exhibits, in-school events and educational resources bring
the history to life for students in all grades and aims to
explore the diverse history of Georgia since its founding.
The festival culminates in February, the birth month of
our fair colony, featuring Founding City events like the
Colonial Faire and Muster living history program held at
Wormsloe State Historic Site. For the students lucky
enough to be able to travel to Savannah, there is also the
Georgia Day Parade. Students, musicians, local dignitaries
and costumed historical figures march through
Savannah’s historic squares, dressed in their colonial best.
If students or teachers can’t make the annual parade,
the GHS also offers field trips to the Research Center.
Students in grades 5-12 can explore the primary source
material available and learn about the archives and the
process of researching history. A typical trip lasts 1.5 to 2
hours and is limited to groups of 30 or less.
THE HISTORICAL
CHRONICLE CONTINUES
Just because it’s in color now, and everyone is no
longer named William, doesn’t mean there’s not history
happening these days. The expansions of the Savannah
port and Plant Vogtle, the 2018 gubernatorial election, the
location of Amazon’s HQ2 (it’ll happen)— all of these and
so much more are adding to the work of the GHS in chronicling Georgia’s history.
Baker Owens is a staff writer for James and InsiderAdvantage.
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