Sharing stories that move us and  make us

Spirit of the American Doughboy memorial in Berrien County (Georgia World War I Centennial Commission) 

Together with the Georgia World War I Centennial Commission, we honor and commemorate the sacrifices of our soldiers by sharing their stories. 

Let's preserve more stories.

"Jamil's Georgia" in SaportaReport

( Photo by Mike Green, Mabry-Green Studios)
The philanthropic roots of Athens Academy 

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From the 
New Georgia Encyclopedia

May is Georgia Archaeology Month, a designation made by the governor to encourage the preservation of our archaeological heritage. Georgia is home to such archaeological treasures as Native American-built mounds and Civil War earthworks.

May in Georgia history 

Map of Freedom Rides (Associated Press Newsfeatures)

The first group of Freedom Riders  passed safely through Georgia. The Freedom Riders were civil rights activists intent on testing compliance with a Supreme Court ruling barring segregation in interstate travel. The group, which included John Lewis, made stops in Athens and Augusta as well as Atlanta, where they dined with Martin Luther King Jr. 

World War I stories

Georgia doctors and military medicine

Fallout shelter drinking water tank and sanitation kit, circa 1966. (Fulton County Schools Teaching Museum)
"Duck and cover" artifacts revisited 

If you ask a Baby Boomer what he or she remembers about living through the Cold War, you're likely to hear a story about "duck and cover," seeking shelter under school desks in preparation for a potential nuclear attack. 

Fulton County Schools Teaching Museum is  helping today's students understand the Cold War and other significant moments in time through "Curiosity Corner," a digital initiative that uses primary sources from the Fulton County Schools archive to spark curiosity and drive engagement with history. 

Curiosity Corner pairs primary sources, like the Cold War-era drinking water tank and sanitation kit that once stood ready for use at Roswell's Mimosa Elementary School (above), with suggested activities that are linked to the G eorgia performance standards at every level.

For more information and resources, or to connect with staff at the Fulton County Schools Teaching Museum, contact Jena Sibille at sibillej[at]

Click here for "Duck and Cover: Cold War Civil Defense in Our Schools," the most recent edition of Curiosity Corner.
Chancellor Steve Wrigley (Office of the Governor)
Former Georgia Humanities board chair to lead University System of Georgia

After being named the 13th chancellor of the University System of Georgia in January, Dr. Steve Wrigley was formally recognized in his new role at an investiture ceremony held at the state capitol on May  3, 2017.

Wrigley brings experience in government and higher education to his position. Before joining the university system, Wrigley worked as chief of staff to Governor Zell Miller, during which time he was involved in the creation of the state lottery and the HOPE scholarship

An historian by training, Wrigley understands the power of the humanities and has helped strengthen their impact in Georgia. Wrigley was an early supporter of the New Georgia Encyclopedia, which received initial financial support from the state of Georgia, and from 2003 to 2005, he chaired the Georgia Humanities board of directors.
Register now for teacher workshop

Teachers, learn how to develop inquiry-based lessons using primary sources from the Library of Congress, the National Archives at Atlanta, and the Georgia Archives at this workshop hosted by Clayton State University.

Summer Academy for History and History Education: "Nationalism in History"
Clayton State University, Morrow
June 8-9
Arden Williams recognized
for contributions to the humanities 

On April 28, the University of West Georgia Alumni Association recognized alumna Arden Williams, senior program officer at Georgia Humanities, with the College of Arts and Humanities Achievement Award.

After a career at Delta Air Lines, Williams decided to pursue history, her true passion, at the University of West Georgia. She graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and in 2002, she earned a Master of Arts degree with a concentration in public history. 

Williams worked at the National Archives in Atlanta before joining the staff of Georgia Humanities, where today she works on the grant program and serves as the state coordinator of the Smithsonian Institution's traveling Museum on Main Street exhibitions, such as Key Ingredients: America by Food , New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music , and the currently touring  Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America (which is on display in Moultrie, Georgia, until June 3).

Congratulations, Arden!
Upcoming Events

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

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.

The History and Heritage of Thomasville's Jewish Community lecture and tour
B'nai Israel Synagogue, Thomasville
May 21, 3:00 p.m.

Save the Date

Meet GIL: The New Archives Book Catalog Lunch and Learn
Georgia Archives, Morrow
June 9, 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.