Sharing stories that move us and  make us

Courtesy of Allison Wright

When Nathan Wright was a seventh grader, he created a National History Day documentary about Rabbi Jacob Rothschild and the Temple bombing , which he later posted on YouTube. Three years later, an actor in the Alliance Theater's The Temple Bombing used Nathan's documentary  to prepare for his role in the play.  

That's the power of the humanities.   

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From the 
New Georgia Encyclopedia

Peyton Anderson, owner of the Macon Telegraph and News for nearly 20 years , began sweeping floors in the family business at age nine. It was the start of a successful career. 

When Anderson died in 1988, he left the bulk of his fortune, approximately $35 million, to the Peyton Anderson Foundation to benefit the people of Macon and middle Georgia.

April in Georgia history 

Courtesy of Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

Augusta native Major Archibald Butt , a military aide to President William Howard Taft, died aboard the Titanic. In 1914, Taft dedicated the Butt Memorial Bridge, spanning the Augusta Canal, in his honor. The bridge is Georgia's only Titanic memorial.
World War I centennial commemoration

"Brothers in blood! They who this wrong began
  To wreck our commonwealth, will rue the day
  When first they challenged freemen to the fray,
And with the Briton dared the American.
Now are we pledged to win the Rights of man;
  Labour and Justice now shall have their way,
  And in a League of Peace - God grant we may -
Transform the earth, not patch up the old plan."

On April 6, 1917, the United States declared war on Germany, entering the conflict that would come to be known as World War I. Reflecting later that same April, English poet laureate Robert Bridges expressed his hope that together the Allies would "transform the earth." (It is worth noting that during the war Bridges worked as a propagandist for the British government.)

World War I was not the "war to end all wars" as many had hoped, but it did transform the earth - and Georgia.

Over the next year and a half, Georgia Humanities, with the Georgia World War I Centennial Commission, will be sharing opportunities to learn about the role our state and its people played in the conflict. 

Tune into GPB for American Experience 's "The Great War" seri es (Monday, April 10; Tuesday, April 11; and Wednesday, April 12; from 9:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.)
Courtesy of Emory Libraries
April is National Poetry Month

Take some time this month to learn more about poetry in Georgia: 
  • Inspired Georgia, edited by Judson Mitcham, Michael David Murphy, and Karen L. Paty and published by the University of Georgia Press, explores the work of Georgia's contemporary poets and photographers.
  • Raymond Danowski's collection of rare and first edition volumes of poetry became the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory's Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library. Read what Danowski has to say about the joy of book collecting
  • Revisit the works of 19th-century Georgia poet Sidney Lanier, whose namesakes include Lake Lanier in Hall County and Lanier County in southwest Georgia.
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 in 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.
  Join the Georgia Humanities Board of Directors 

You don't need to be an expert, a professor, or a professional to make an impact on the cultural life of Georgia.  If you cherish the richness that history, literature, and lifelong learning has added to your life and feel moved to help create a Georgia where the humanities inspire citizens to engage with ideas and one another, you can make a difference.

Georgia Humanities seeks active change-makers and community leaders, listeners and storytellers, fund raisers and friend raisers from across the state to join its board of directors. Board members can offer diverse perspectives, but are all committed to encouraging dialogue and sharing the stories that move us and make us as Georgians.

The board sets Georgia Humanities' policy and direction, and board members raise funds and strengthen the organization's statewide network of partners. The board meets three times annually (with additional committee work conducted via conference call or in person), and members serve a three-year term with the possibility of reelection to a second term.

To nominate a board member, send a letter describing the nominee's experience and interest in serving, along with full contact information and a resume or short biography. Self-nominations are accepted. Submit nominations to the attention of Laura McCarty at 50 Hurt Plaza, Suite 595, Atlanta, GA, 30303, or ltmc[at]

Help us save the National Endowment for the Humanities

Recently 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, 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 of your local news outlet. 

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.
Upcoming Events

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

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

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.

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Connecting Lines lecture: "Individuals and Communities: Toni Morrison's A Mercy and Beloved," by Pearl McHaney
Decatur Library Auditorium, Decatur
April 19, 7:15 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

World Heritage and U.S. Civil Rights Sites Symposium
Georgia State University, Atlanta
April 20-22
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