Sharing stories that move us and  make us

Coach Bill Curry delivers the keynote address at the opening of Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America at Fort Valley State University. Courtesy of Fort Valley State University

You don't have to be an athlete to be moved by Coach Billy Curry's Hometown Teams  stories of teamwork and triumph. When lessons from the huddle are applied to life off the field, that's the power of the humanities.  

"Jamil's Georgia" in SaportaReport

Courtesy of Georgia State University
Photographer Carolyn McKenzie Carter had her finger on the pulse of a changing Georgia

From the 
New Georgia Encyclopedia

In March 1914, pro-suffrage women in Atlanta held their first rally. Reformer Jane Addams, founder of Hull House in Chicago, was the guest speaker. African American women could not have attended the rally, however, as suffrage work in the Jim Crow South was segregated.

March in Georgia history 

Courtesy of the Girl Scouts of the USA 

Juliette Gordon Low hosted 18 girls at her home in Savannah for the first meeting of the Girl Scouts. 
Help us save the National Endowment for the Humanities

Last week the White House released a budget that proposed the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

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.

If you believe in sharing the stories that make us who we are and move us toward awareness and understanding of the world around us through programs, such as
  • National History Day, a program for middle and high school students that promotes history and civics education   
  • the New Georgia Encyclopedia, an authoritative online learning resource used by students across the state
  • grants for public programs celebrating history, literature, and culture
  • traveling Smithsonian exhibitions, such as  Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America  (currently in Fort Valley), that stimulate community partnerships and economic development
  • Look Forward, a digital exhibition that highlights the impact of Georgia's Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists' "race beat" coverage of the civil rights movement
  • Talking Service, a reading and discussion group for veterans transitioning back into civilian life
  • book-publishing projects like A President in Our Midst: Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Georgia and Historic Rural Churches of Georgia
  • Prime Time Family Reading Time, a li brary program for families at risk of low literacy  

. . . then contact Congress and urge it to reaffirm its bipartisan support for the NEH and to reject any efforts to eliminate it.   

Write your congressperson a letter sharing a personal testimony about the impact of the humanities in your community. 

Write a letter to the editor. 

Share this newsletter with your friends. 

Spread the word on social media.

Click here to read a "Jamil's Georgia" column about how the NEH is at work in Georgia.
Nick Norwood and actress Karen Allen discuss her directorial debut, A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud, based on a Carson McCullers short story of the same name. The Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians, which hosted the discussion and screening, was a recipient of a 2016 Georgia Humanities grant. Courtesy of the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians.

Georgia Humanities grant applications due soon

Jackie Robinson, African American life and culture on St. Simons Island, and Thomasville's Jewish 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 and answer questions. 

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

Click here for the application and guidelines. 

Contact Allison Hutton ( with questions.
Atlanta's train depot before the war, after being destroyed in 1864, and in 1871. Courtesy of the Civil War Trust and
Resilient Atlanta 

You've heard the story of Atlanta's Civil War destruction and its reconstruction : it's the one with the mythological bird. 

"In its simplest form," says historian Steven Usselman, "the tale is told on the city seal: a modern metropolis, risen like a phoenix from the ashes of destruction." 

On March 30, Georgia Institute of Technology will host Resilient Atlanta: New Perspectives on the Civil War and Its Aftermath, a symposium that will suggest an alternative to the phoenix-centered story of Atlanta's reconstruction.

"T here's a lot  to be gained by looking at folks down on the ground - in the ashes, so to speak - the sorts of people who got on with things that needed doing: caring for the sick and injured, organizing schools, providing shelter, opening businesses, and the like. In such persistent, daily activities we glimpse the fullness of the process," argues Usselman, professor of history and chair of Georgia Tech's School of History and Sociology. 
"For many Atlantans, the city's rebirth was not merely a matter of rebuilding, but of constructing something new. The same forces that had dashed the hopes of some had opened new worlds or possibility to many others - above all, to those recently freed from bondage," notes Usselman.

" Atlanta's rebirth mixed the tenaciousness of those looking to restore something lost with the hope and promise that sprang from broadened opportunities."

Don't miss this chance to learn more about Atlanta and its history. 

This project is supported by a Georgia Humanities grant.

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.
* This event is free and open to the public, but you must email your RSVP  to Lunch will be provided.
Clockwise from top left: Margaret Walker, Byron Herbert Reece, George Moses Horton, and Claudia Emerson. These authors' works will be discussed as part of Revival - Lost Southern Voices.
"Lost" authors revived

"O ne of the best ways to discover great writers is to ask authors or scholars who their favorite writers are," notes Andy Rogers, a professor at Georgia State University's Perimeter College. He's heading up a program called Revival - Lost Southern Voices, a program that will help attendees do just that.

" Revival - Lost Southern Voices will ask 28 writers and scholars to share their hidden treasures, those southern writers whose work is most dear to them yet does not have the readership it deserves," Rogers explains.

Notables such as Natasha Trethewey , Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. poet laureate; Terry Kay , author of  The Year the Lights Came On  and To Dance with a White Dog;  Judson Mitcham, poet laureate of Georgia; and Yusef Komunyakaa, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, will all be on hand to share their favorite forgotten writers over two days of readings and discussions.

Book lovers and fans of southern culture, get your pens and paper ready, Rogers advises, because you can expect to come away from the program with the ultimate reading list that should la st for many years to come.

This project is supported by a Georgia Humanities grant.

Revival: Lost Southern Voices symposium
Georgia State University, Dunwoody
March 31-April 1
*This program is free and open to the public, but requires registration
Thanks to the Atlanta History Center, this 1935 photo of convicts milking a cow is available online through the Digital Library of Georgia. Courtesy of the Digital Library of Georgia
Digital Library of Georgia grants available 

The Digital Library of Georgia, the online home of digitized books, newspapers, photos, maps, newspapers, government documents, manuscripts, and audio and video materials relating to the history and culture of Georgia, is seeking applications for grants of up to $5,000 for the digitization of historic materials. 

Applications are due May 15, 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
C.W. Pettigrew Center, Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley
Now through April 15

Southern Writers Onstage: Women Black and White presents Flannery O'Connor's "Everything That Rises Must Converge" read by Carolyn Cook
Balzer Theater at Herren's, Atlanta
March 28, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Connecting Lines: Building Empathy Through Literature lecture series presents "
Choices and Their Consequences" by 
Pearl McHaney
Deactur Library Auditorium, Decatur
March 29, 7:15 p.m.-9:15 p.m.

Free State of Jones 
screening and commentary
Gordon State College, Barnesville
March 30, 6:00 p.m.

Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival: "Of Mules and Men - Zora Neale Hurston Speaks"
Young Harris College, Young Harris
March 31-April 1

Countdown to Zero: Defeating Polio
The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, Atlanta
April 1, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Southern Writers Onstage: Women Black and White presents Toni Morrison's "Recitatif" read by Bernardine Mitchell
Balzer Theater at Herren's, Atlanta
April 4, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Mill League Memories lecture
Crown Archives and Gardens, Dalton
April 9, 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Save the date

Goodrich C. White Lecture 2017: Junot Diaz
Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Emory University, Atlanta
April 12, 7:30 p.m.-8:30 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.