Sharing stories that move us and  make us

This year National History Day students created projects around the theme "Taking a Stand in History."  

Are you ready to take a stand for history? 

To support National History Day students and their teachers, to sustain the New Georgia Encyclopedia, and to allow Georgia Humanities to continue  sharing the stories that move us and make us, donate today. 

"Jamil's Georgia" in SaportaReport

(Emory University)
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From the 
New Georgia Encyclopedia

Question: What does Benjamin Franklin have in common with the Altamaha River?  

Answer: More than you might think.

When John Bartram and his son W illiam discovered a beautiful and fragrant tree along the banks of the Altamaha, they named it Franklinia alatamaha in honor of their friend (and fellow Philadelphian) Benjamin Franklin and its place of discovery. The Bartrams sent specimens back to Pennsylvania, and it's a good thing they did: the last definitive sighting of a Franklin tree in the wild was in 1803. All known Franklin trees are descendants of the original cuttings.

May in Georgia history 

(Coca-Cola Museum)

With the days getting warmer, we can only imagine how refreshing the first Coca-Cola fountain drink must have tasted when it was sold in May 1886 by John Stith Pemberton at Jacobs Pharmacy.
World War I stories


Moss and battlefield medicine

Hooray for National History Day!

More than 600 middle and high school students, their families, and teachers joined a team of 110 volunteer judges at Mercer University on April 22, 2017, for the National History Day state competition.

Students shared documentaries, exhibitions, performances, websites, and papers related to the theme "Taking a Stand in History." 

This year, the awards ceremony included the 
presentation of several new awards, such as the Angelo Group Awards for Military History and the Edward Jones Awards for Economic History. 

In 2018 students will have the opportunity to compete for the Georgia World War I Centennial Commission Awards for outstanding entries on World War I topics. The cash and educational travel awards are made possible by support from Delta Airlines, the John H. and Wilhemina D. Harland Charitable Foundation, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States-Department of Georgia and Posts.

Students who placed first or second in their categories will advance to the national competition, to be held June 11-15, 2017, at the University of Maryland in College Park.

Congratulations, students, on your achievements, and thank you teachers, families, and volunteers for your support!   

Click here for competition results.

National History Day is a program of Georgia Humanities and LaGrange College. The state contest host is Mercer University. Regional competition hosts 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.
(National Archives and Records Administration)
Fueling the fight: the food of World War I

Commemorating the centennial of World War I isn't limited to remembering the ways soldiers fought and died. It can mean thinking about how soldiers and their loved ones back home lived, too. 

Examining soldiers' diets and how the home front kept them fed is one way of understanding the conflict.
  • To learn about soldiers' rations throughout the course of the war, food's effect on morale, and the sacrifices those at home made to keep the troops fed, check out War Fare: From the Homefront to the Frontlines, an online exhibition created by the National World War I Museum and Memorial.

Georgia Humanities is a partner of the Georgia World War I Centennial Commission.
(Atlanta Jewish Film Festival)
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival launches new program

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF), which brings a carefully selected slate of world-class films to metro Atlanta each winter, is growing with a new initiative. With AJFF Selects, audiences will have access to high-quality foreign and independent films all year round.

First up is The Wedding Plan, a romantic comedy about a woman's quest to find love and happiness before her upcoming wedding date. Like many of the films showcased by the AJFF, The Wedding Plan (an Israeli film with an Orthodox heroine) uses the particular to speak to the universal.

The AJFF is a recipient of a Georgia Humanities grant.

The Wedding Plan
Lefont Sandy Springs
May 11, 7:30 p.m.
House of Representatives votes for NEH funding 

In a show of bipartisan support, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an appropriations bill on May 3 that preserves funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the remainder of the fiscal year.

A big THANK YOU to Congress for voting to preserve NEH funding!

Georgia Humanities is grateful to all of you who have called or written to your Congressman to express your support for the humanities in your community.

NEH funding supports Georgia Humanities, and Georgia Humanities supports you: Georgia's libraries, museums, historical societies, educational institutions, community groups, and the people who love them.

Please continue to express your support for the NEH as well as your thanks to the elected officials who have voted to support it.   

Click here to read a "Jamil's Georgia" column about how the NEH is at work in Georgia.
Upcoming Events

Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America
Colquitt County Arts Center, Moultrie 
Now through June 3

Conversations with Award-Winning Playwright Lauren Gunderson 
Central Library, Atlanta
May 5, 4:00 p.m.-5:45 p.m.
Sponsored by Essential Theatre and the Atlanta Region Dramatists Guild

Lunch and Learn: Ben Fortson Jr. Archives Building
Georgia Archives, Morrow
May 12, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

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Telling Our Stories: African American Life and Culture on St. Simons Island, Georgia
Glynn Visual Arts, St. Simons Island
May 20, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
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