Sharing stories that move us and  make us

Valerie Boyd, Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer-in-Residence and associate professor at UGA's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, reads "Nineteen Fifty-five" by Alice Walker. Boyd is currently editing Walker's journals for publication in 2018. Courtesy of Georgia State University 

Help us feed hungry souls with programs like 
Southern Writers Onstage, bringing you the stories of Eudora Welty, Alice Walker, Flannery O'Connor, and Toni Morrison on your lunch break. 

"Jamil's Georgia" in SaportaReport

Maragret Mitchell. Courtesy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
World War I, influenza, and stories of heartache 
From the 
New Georgia Encyclopedia

Before there was a Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta or a Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville to highlight the natural wonders of our state, several "Georgia Wonders" - young women with mysterious abilities - traveled the state in the late 19th century performing in vaudeville acts. 

February in Georgia history 

Photograph by John Ashley

After 13 years in Wisconsin (and a previous 77 in Massachusetts), the Milwaukee Braves agreed to become the Atlanta Braves. The team played its first game in Atlanta in 1966.
Courtesy of the Penelope Melson Society of Ingram Library at the University of West Georgia
New Jackie Robinson exhibition

When Georgia's Jackie Robinson was hired by the Brooklyn Dodgers, he broke the color barrier as the first African American player in major league baseball. Baseball may have desegregated, but when Robinson traveled with his team, he still had to stay in a different hotel and eat in separate dining rooms. On the field, Robinson was taunted by his opponents. Robinson didn't react; instead, he endured and later became active in the civil rights movement.

You can learn more about Jackie Robinson's life and times  by visiting Jackie Robinson: Baseball and Civil Rights Pioneer , an exhibition currently on view at the University of West Georgia's Ingram Library, and through two lectures.

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

"Racism in the Era of Jackie Robinson," by Dr. Larry Rivers
Ingram Library, University of West Georgia, Carrollton
February 28, 11:00 a.m.
*Special parking available in the Townsend Center gated lot beginning at 10:00 a.m.

"Jackie Robinson: His Life and Legacy," by Dr. Arnold Rampersad
Ingram Library, University of West Georgia, Carrollton
March 7, 11:00 a.m.
*Special parking available in the Townsend Center gated lot beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Fort Valley State University football player, 1961. Courtesy of Fort Valley State University
Hometown Teams heads to Fort Valley

Fort Valley State University will welcome Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America, a traveling Smithsonian exhibition, for a six-week stay beginning Saturday, March 4, 2017. Legendary coach and honorary  Hometown Teams booster committee chair Bill Curry will give the keynote speech at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America opening ceremony 
Pettigrew Center, Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley
March 4, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America exhibition
Pettigrew Center, Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley
March 4-April 15

Sports Sunday Cinema: A League of Their Own
Austin Theater, Fort Valley
March 5, 6:00 p.m.

Sports Sunday Cinema: Race
Austin Theater, Fort Valley
March 12, 6:00 p.m.

St. Patrick's Day Tailgate featuring Rudy, Fort Valley High School reunion, and best tailgate dish cook-off
Downtown Fort Valley
March 17, 12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Sports Sunday Cinema: McFarland USA 
Austin Theater, Fort Valley
March 19, 6:00 p.m.

Fish Story Friday lunch and fishing event
Health and Physical Education Complex, Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley
March 24, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Sports Sunday Cinema: Miracle 
Austin Theater, Fort Valley
March 26, 6:00 p.m.

Literacy lecture by two-time Super Bowl champion Tyrone Poole
Pettigrew Center, Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley
March 29, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Virtual book club launches

If you're a bibliophile seeking to add a range of voices and perspectives to your reading list and are interested in engaging with fellow book lovers in an entertaining and meaningful way, Georgia Reads has something for you.

Georgia Reads, a project of the University of Georgia Press and Georgia Public Broadcasting, with support from Georgia Humanities, is an innovative virtual book club that will feature two UGA Press titles a year on subjects ranging from history to culture to the environment. GPB Radio interviews with authors, a blog, and news about live events will be featured at

Party Out of Bounds: The B-52's, R.E.M., and the Kids Who Rocked Athens, a cult classic by Rodger Lyle Brown, that offers an insiders look at Athens's underground rock music culture is the club's first title.

Georgia Reads Atlanta Kick-Off featuring author Rodger Lyle Brown
Highland Inn Ballroom, Atlanta
March 1, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

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.
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.
In Plain View: African American Female Entrepreneurs in Morgan County, a 2016 Georgia Humanities grant recipient, uses art to help tell the story of Anna Charleston (pictured here with her descendants) and other landowners. Courtesy of Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier
Georgia Humanities grant application available

African American land ownership, the popular music of World War I, Georgia's role in the American Revolution, and forgotten southern writers: these are just a few recent 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.
Upcoming Events

Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America exhibition
Jefferson High School Arena, Jefferson
Now through February 25
More info

"Gangs, Bullies, and Difference: The Outsiders, Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, and Wonder" lecture by Dr. Pearl McHaney
Decatur Library Auditorium, Decatur
March 1, 7:15 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Lunch and Learn lecture: Preserving Your Photographs: Handling, Caring for, and Storing Your Family Photographs with conservator Stephanie Watkins 
Georgia Archives, Morrow
March 10, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
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.