Sharing stories that move us and  make us

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University

Through grant programs, National History Day, Prime Time Family Reading Time, and Hometown Teams, Georgia Humanities works with libraries across the state to help wise hearts seeking knowledge.

"Jamil's Georgia" in SaportaReport

The Chillon Project: bringing higher education to Georgia's correctional facilities
From the 
New Georgia Encyclopedia

The live oak may be Georgia's state tree, but the longleaf pines found in the southern Coastal Plain region are important, too. Historically, the pines were an important economic resource. They also boast an immense ecological value, forming what is potentially the most diverse North American ecosystem north of the tropics.

March in Georgia history 

Courtesy of the Crawford Long Museum

Crawford Long performed the first surgical procedure using an anesthetic in Jackson County. 
Brenda Bynum and Eric Moore read Eudora Welty's "Powerhouse" as part of Georgia State University's Southern Writers Onstage: Women Black and White series, a recipient of a Georgia Humanities grant. Courtesy of Georgia State University
Georgia Humanities grant application available

Southern women writers, Jewish involvement in the civil rights movement, and Georgia's textile industry heritage: these are just a few topics covered by Georgia Humanities grant programs. 

What is your community interested in? 

If you are a nonprofit organization with 501 (c)3 status, and you're interested in hosting a public humanities program that will bring people together in learning and conversation, we  encourage you to apply for a Georgia Humanities grant of up to $2,000.

We are available to discuss potential project ideas, answer questions, and review rough drafts of applications. First-time applicants are especially encouraged to submit a rough draft for review.

The postmark deadline for our spring grant cycle is March 30, 2017.

Click here for the application and guidelines. 

Contact Allison Hutton ( with questions.
Zora Neale Hurston to "speak" at Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival 

Stories, whether purely imaginary or found in the historical record, are an integral part of our lives. 

" We all tell stories, whether it's a silly anecdote about spilling coffee all over the cat or a serious attempt to explain the process of dying to a five year old whose mother has just passed away. Human beings understand themselves and each other by creating and sharing narratives: chaotic experiences and unruly emotions are given shape by beginnings, middles, and ends," says Ruth Looper, co-director of the Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival at Young Harris College. 

This year the festival, to be held March 31-April 1, will welcome storyteller Sheila Arnold Jones, who will perform as Zora Neale Hurston. Hurston may be best known as the author of Their Eyes Were Watching God, but she also worked as a folklorist, with the tales she heard and collected influencing her literary works.

"Stories can change us," Looper, also an English professor at Young Harris, acknowledges. "They make things happen." We couldn't agree more.

This event is funded by a grant from Georgia Humanities.

Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival
Young Harris College, Young Harris
March 31-April 1
2016 workshop attendees and leaders at LaGrange College. Courtesy of Lewis Library
2017 National History Day teacher workshop announced

If you are a teacher interested in learning more about implementing the National History Day program in your classroom, or a veteran NHD educator looking to hone your skills, N ational History Day Georgia invites you to apply for its 2017 summer workshop at LaGrange College on July 16-20.

The fee for participants staying on campus is $125; commuters will pay $75.

Space is limited, so act quickly. Applications are due June 1, 2017.

East Coweta High School students Sarah Akbar, Emma Helfers, and Kate Lee discuss their exhibition, Microscopic Soldiers, with judges Gnimbim Outtara, Matthew Jennings, and Jeffrey Burson.
National History Day wants you!

"Judging National History Day is a pleasure because I love to see the creative and thoughtful ways in which students present their projects," says veteran judge, author, and historian Annette Laing. " Most of all, I enjoy seeing their faces light up when they tell me about their research!"

National History Day Georgia is seeking judges for the state competition, to be held at Mercer University on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Judges will evaluate student projects (websites, performances, documentaries, essays, and exhibits) focusing on the theme "Taking a Stand in History."

You can learn more about National History Day and register to judge  here.

National History Day in Georgia is a program of  Georgia Humanities and LaGrange College in partnership with Mercer University.   Regional competition sponsors include Augusta University; Clayton State University and the National Archives-Atlanta; Coastal Georgia Historical Society; East Georgia State College; Fort Valley State University; Georgia College; Georgia Southwestern State University; Kennesaw State University; Thomas County Schools; Troup Historical Society and LaGrange College; and the University of Georgia.
Upcoming Events

Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America exhibition
C.W. Pettigrew Center, Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley
Now through April 15

Jackie Robinson: Baseball and Civil Rights Pioneer exhibition
Ingram Library, University of West Georgia, Carrollton
Now through March 17

Georgia Women of Achievement induction ceremony
Pierce Chapel, Wesleyan College, Macon
March 9, 10:00 a.m.

Preserving Your Photographs: Handling, Caring for, and Storing Your Family Photographs lunch and learn lecture
Georgia Archives, Morrow
March 10, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Forum: Rural Churches of Georgia
Northeast Georgia History Center, Gainesville
March 14, 7:00 p.m.

Save the date

Georgia Reads Athens Kick-Off featuring author Rodger Lyle Brown and local musicians
Avid Bookshop, Athens
March 18, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Music and Poetry of Sidney Lanier
Glenn Memorial Church, Atlanta
March 19, 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Dahlonega Literary Festival
March 25-26

Resilient Atlanta: New Perspectives on the Civil War and Its Aftermath
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta
March 30, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Revival: Lost Southern Voices symposium
Georgia State University, Dunwoody
March 31-April 1
We thank the Georgia General Assembly, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and our donors for their generous support.