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Episode 34: Students Portray Figures in Georgia History

About: Six eighth-grade students at Coastal Middle School in Savannah, GA discuss the historical figure they portrayed in the 2017 Georgia Day Parade (Abigail Minis, Nathanael Greene, George Whitefield, Mary Telfair, Mathilda Beasley, and Alice McKane). Costumes were provided by the Georgia Historical Society. Students worked with their teacher to research the characters and prepare for the video interview. The students were asked one question: why should Georgians learn about you?

Georgia Standards of Excellence Consulted: SS8H2, SS8H4, SS8H5, SS8H6, SS8H7


Series: Researching the Civil Rights Movement

About: This four-part series follows GHS Programs Intern Sarah as she researches the Civil Rights Movement at the Georgia Historical Society Research Center. The videos serve a dual purpose of teaching about the Civil Rights Movement in Savannah, Georgia, and familiarizing viewers with the research process. Each video includes an entry in Sarah’s Research Journal on the GHS website. The journal entries give more information about the Savannah Protest Movement and Sarah’s experience researching at GHS.

Georgia Performance Standards Consulted: SS8H11; SS5H8; SSUSH22; Reading/Writing Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies Grade 6-8, 9-10, & 11-12; Information Processing Skills 6, 8, 14, 15

Works Consulted:

A.Pratt Adams, Jr. papers, MS 2165, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Manis, Andrew Michael. Macon Black and White: An Unutterable Separation in the American Century. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2004.

Ritchie, Donald A. Doing Oral History: A Practical Guide. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Tuck, Stephen G. N. Beyond Atlanta: The Struggle for Racial Equality in Georgia, 1940-1980. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2001.

Tuck, Stephen. “Civil Rights Movement.” New Georgia Encyclopedia. 04 March 2016. Web. 10 May 2016.


Series: Recognizing Common Themes in Advertising

About: This series was created to support the 2016 Georgia History Festival (GHF) focus of study “From Waffle Fries to Global Skies How Georgia Business Created the Modern World.” It was decided to focus on analyzing historical advertisements in order to encourage the analysis of primary source documents and improve media literacy. The videos and resources in the written post were used to support in-school visits to twelve schools in Chatham County. The videos were also used to enhance an online exhibit on the GHF focus of study.

Georgia Performance Standards Consulted: SS5E2; SS8E2; Reading/Writing Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies Grade  6-8, 9-10, & 11-12; Information Processing Skills 4, 6, 10, 11

Works Consulted:

“Admongo.gov.” Federal Trade Commission. Accessed February 29, 2016. http://www.admongo.gov/.

Berger, Arthur Asa. Ads, Fads, and Consumer Culture: Advertising’s Impact on American  Character and Society. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2000.

Berger, Arthur Asa. Media Analysis Techniques. Newbury Park: Sage Publications, Inc., 1991.

“MediaSmarts.” MediaSmarts. Accessed February 29, 2016. http://mediasmarts.ca/.


Series: Help! I’ve Been Assigned a Research Project

About: This series was created in conjunction with several school visits to the GHS Research Center and consultations with teachers incorporating research projects in their classroom. The videos and blog post were also released and promoted during Georgia Archives Month. The resources were also featured in a session at the Georgia Council for the Social Studies Conference titled “Help! I’ve Been Assigned a Research Project: Supporting Historical Research in your Classroom.“

Georgia Performance Standards Consulted: Reading/Writing Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies Grade 6-8, 9-10, & 11-12; Information Processing Skills 6, 8, 14, 15

Works Consulted:

Marius, Richard, and Melvin E. Page. A Short Guide to Writing about History. Boston, MA: Longman, 2010.

NHD in the Classroom. (n.d.). Retrieved February 29, 2016, from http://nhd.org/classroom-connection/nhd-in-the-classroom/.

NHD Works: National Program Evaluation (January 2011). Retrieved from  http://nhd.org/classroom-connection/nhd-in-the-classroom/nhd-works/.

Schmidt, L. (2011). Using Archives: A Guide to Effective Research. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/usingarchives.

Vega, V. (2015, December 01). “Project-Based Learning Research Review.” Edutopia Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/pbl-research-learning-outcomes.


Series: Constitution Day

About: All Georgia students study the United States Constitution in some way each year. This series was created to extend the reach of the Georgia Historical Society’s Constitution Day event to students and teachers unable to visit the GHS Research Center in person for Constitution Day 2015 to see Abraham Baldwin’s Draft Copy of the United States Constitution and other treasures from the GHS collection. The videos were also incorporated into a new online course For our Posterity: The Creation of the U.S. Constitution and Georgia’s Role in Securing the Dream of Liberty.

Georgia Performance Standards Consulted:

SS4H5; SS8H4; SSUSH5

Works Consulted:

Beeman, Richard R. Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution. New York: Random House, 2009.

Berkin, Carol. A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution. New York: Harcourt,  2002.

Coulter, E. Merton. Abraham Baldwin: Patriot, Educator, and Founding Father. Arlington, VA: Vandamere Press, 1987.

Labunski, Richard E. James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Lachlan McIntosh Papers, MS 526. Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Lloyd, Gordon. “The Constitutional Convention.” Teaching American History. Accessed  February 29, 2016. http://teachingamericanhistory.org/convention/ .

Madison, James, Edward J. Larson, and Michael P. Winship. The Constitutional Convention: A Narrative History: From the Notes of James Madison. New York: Modern Library, 2005.

Maier, Pauline. Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788. New York: Simon  & Schuster, 2010.

Miller, William Lee. The Business of May Next: James Madison and the Founding. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1992.

Smith, Gerald J. “Abraham Baldwin (1754-1807).” New Georgia Encyclopedia. 06 January 2016.

United States Constitution Draft Annotated by Abraham Baldwin, MS 1703. Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.


Series: Get to Know James Edward Oglethorpe

About: The videos in this series explore the life of James Edward Oglethorpe, Georgia’s founding father. The video series compliments the Oglethorpe bibliographic materials on the Georgia Historical Society website.

Georgia Performance Standards Consulted: SS2H1; SS2G2; SS8H2

Works Consulted:

“Eighteenth Century | Three Centuries of Georgia History.” Georgia Historical Society. Accessed  February 29, 2016. http://georgiahistory.com/education-outreach/online           exhibits/online-exhibits/three-centuries-of-georgia-history/eighteenth-century/.

Inscoe, John, ed. James Edward Oglethorpe: New Perspectives on His Life and Legacy. Savannah:  Georgia Historical Society, 1997.

Jackson, Edwin L. “James Oglethorpe (1696-1785).” New Georgia Encyclopedia. 06 January 2016.

Jackson, Harvey H., and Phinizy Spalding, ed. Forty Years of Diversity: Essays on Colonial  Georgia. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1984.

“Jacobite Rebellion of 1715 – The National Archives.” The National Archives. Accessed February  29, 2016. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/resources/jacobite-1715/.

Spalding, Phinizy. “Myths and the Man: James Edward Oglethorpe.” The Georgia Review 28, no. 1  (Spring 1974): 52-57.

Sweet, Julie A. “Battle of Bloody Marsh.” New Georgia Encyclopedia. 29 September 2015.


Episode 12: How to Read and Learn from Maps

About:  This video was developed by a GHS intern in consultation with GHS staff to help promote map-reading skills by using historical maps from the GHS collection. The materials were also meant to complement the 2015 Georgia History Festival focus of study “Hernando de Soto and the Impact of Spanish Exploration in Georgia.”

Georgia Performance Standards Consulted: Map and Global Skills 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11

Works Consulted:

“Document Analysis Worksheets.” National Archives and Records Administration. Accessed March 01, 2016. http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/worksheets/.

“Teacher Resources.” The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center. Accessed March 01, 2016. http://maps.bpl.org/teacher_resources.

“Map Skills for Elementary Students.” National Geographic Education. Accessed March 01, 2016. http://education.nationalgeographic.org/map-skills-elementary-students/.

United States. National Park Service. “Webrangers Activity: Reading a Map.” National Parks Service. Accessed February 29, 2016.      http://www.nps.gov/webrangers/activities/readingmap/.


Episode 11: Torrey Family Papers

About: Published in May, this episode was meant to send-off students and teachers to their summer vacations after completing the end of year standardized tests. The video was also meant to celebrate a new donation of lantern slides added to the Ossabaw Island & Torrey Family Papers.

Georgia Performance Standards Consulted: Reading/Writing Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies Grade 6-8, 9-10, & 11-12; Information Processing Skills 6, 8

Works Consulted:

Expert, An. The Art of Projection and Complete Magic Lantern Manual. London: E.A. Beckett,  1893. Accessed on the Internet Archive,  https://archive.org/details/artofprojectionc00expe.

“Lantern Slides for Garden & Historic House Lectures- Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection.”  Prints and Photographs Reading Room, Library of Congress. Accessed March 01, 2016. https://www.loc.gov/rr/print/coll/fbjlanterns.html.

Ossabaw Island & Torrey Family Papers, MS 1326. Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

“World’s Transportation Commission.” Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (Library of   Congress). Accessed March 01, 2016. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/wtc/about.html.


Episode 10: History From Plants

About: The footage from this video was taken while taping a Super Museum Sunday promotional video for the 2015 Georgia History Festival. The video is meant to spark discussions on how plants can be used to study history. This is a particularly interesting subject considering the focus on STEM education.


Episode 09: Stan Deaton at CMS

About: This is a recording of a live streaming event hosted by Coastal Middle School. Emmy Award-winning host Dr. Stan Deaton presented about his experiences working on Today in Georgia History.


Episode 08: Prehistory Overview

About: At the start of each school year, Georgia’s eighth-grade students learn the history of Georgia’s Native American cultures. Elyse Butler, GHS Membership & Outreach Associate, studied Native American artifacts at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. This video was created to help debunk myths and give a basic overview of Georgia’s prehistory using artifacts from the collection.

Georgia Performance Standards Consulted: SS8H1

Works Consulted:

“Cultural Resources: ‘Georgia Prehistoric Archaeology’” Georgia Department of Transportation. http://gdotauthoring.dot.ga.gov/BuildSmart/Programs/CulturalResources/Documents/Education/Lessons.pdf.

Hudson, Charles M. The Southeastern Indians. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1976.

Iseminger, William R. Cahokia Mounds: America’s First City. Charleston, SC: History Press, 2010.

“A Summary of Georgia’s Archaeological Sequence.” The Society for Georgia Archaeology. March  9, 2009. http://thesga.org/2009/03/timeline/.

White, Max E. The Archaeology and History of the Native Georgia Tribes. Gainesville: University  Press of Florida, 2002.


Series: Harold J. Hart Papers

About: These videos were created to coincide with hosting Pulitzer Prize-Winning author Rick Atkinson to discuss his Liberation Trilogy at an event in Savannah. Our special guest, First Lieutenant Wyatt Brown selected the Harold J. Hart Papers because of the interesting artifacts included in the collection. It was also a chance to highlight the less-studied China-Burma theater.

Georgia Performance Standards Consulted: SS5H6; SS8H9; SSUSH19; SSWH18

Works Consulted:

Craven, Wesley Frank, and James Lea Cate. The Army Air Forces in World War II. Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History, 1983.

Harold J. Hart Papers, 1943-1945, MS 1840. Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.


Series: That’s So Meta

About: A major goal of Sophia’s Schoolhouse is to promote historical research and writing in the classroom. This video series was meant to serve as an introduction to how metadata is used at libraries and archives across the country. It was also a timely topic because the NSA collection of cell phone metadata was being covered in the news.

Georgia Performance Standards Consulted:  Reading/Writing Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies Grade 6-8, 9-10, & 11-12; Information Processing Skills 6, 8


Series: Girl Scouts and the GHS Collection

About: GHS has a treasure-trove of collections related to the founding of the Girl Scouts USA by Juliette Gordon Low. GHS has great relationships with the Girl Scout community, and a very robust online exhibit related to Juliette Gordon Low. GHS had also begun a partnership with the Digital Public Library of America to digitize Juliette Gordon Low’s papers. For these reasons, we thought a video series related to the Girl Scouts would be a good way to launch the initiative.

Georgia Performance Standards Consulted: Reading/Writing Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies Grade 6-8, 9-10, & 11-12; Information Processing Skills 6, 8

Works Consulted:

Ann Mintz Collection of Girl Scouts Troop 1 Records, MS 2351. Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Girl Scout Council of Savannah Collection, MS 2000. Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Gordon Family Papers, MS 318. Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.



Written Posts

Series: 2014 National Council for the Social Studies Conferences

About: Sophia Sineath, GHS Education Coordinator, wrote these posts to share tips, resources, and experiences from the 2014 National Council for the Social Studies conference where she participated on a panel with other regional grantees of the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Eastern Region.


Post:Primary Source Spotlight on Progressive-Era Education Reform

About: This blog post was written around the 50th anniversary of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). It was also written as Georgia’s teachers were implementing a new series of standardized tests. The post also acted as the primary source spotlight for the April issue of the GHS Education Newsletter.

Georgia Performance Standards Consulted: SS8H7; SS8H8; Reading/Writing Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies Grade 6-8, 9-10, & 11-12; Information Processing Skills 6, 8

Works Consulted:

James H. Cobb, Jr. Photographs, MS 1437. Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Lee, James W. “Place and Importance of the Common School.” Address, Convention of the  County School Commissioners, Athens, Georgia. https://archive.org/details/placeimportanceo00leej.

Mineral Bluff Industrial School for Mountain Girls Records, MS 1464. Georgia Historical Society,  Savannah, Georgia.

“Progressive Encounters | Encounter and Exchange.” Georgia Historical Society. Accessed March    01, 2016. http://georgiahistory.com/education-outreach/online-exhibits/onlineexhibits/encounter-and-exchange/progressive-encounters/.

Sampson, Alice V. “Rural Education.” New Georgia Encyclopedia. September 09, 2013. http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/articles/education/rural-education.

Zainaldin, Jamil S., and John C. Inscoe. “Progressive Era.” New Georgia Encyclopedia. September  22, 2015. http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/articles/history-archaeology/progressive-era


Post:Why Germs, Disease, and Medicine Belong in the Social Studies Classroom

About: This post was inspired by two separate interactions with students at the Georgia Historical Society Research Center: First, a group of students studying infectious diseases visited the Research Center for a special program on Yellow Fever; Second, a student who visited the Research Center to receive mentoring on her Georgia Social Studies Fair project, “On the Cutting Edge: Surgery of the Civil War.”

Georgia Performance Standards Consulted: SS4H2; SS8H1; SS2H1; SS2H2; SS2G2; SS1H1; SS2H1; SS4H2; SS4H4; SS4H5; SS8H2; SS8H3; SS8H4; SSUSH1; SSUSH2; SSUSH3; SSUSH4; SSUSH5; SS4H4; SS5H1; SS5H3; SS8H3; SS8H6; SSUSH3; SSUSH4

Works Consulted:

“Contagion – Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics.” Harvard University Library Open Collections Program. Accessed March 01, 2016. http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/contagion/.

National Museum of Civil War Medicine. Accessed March 01, 2016. http://www.civilwarmed.org/.

“Science.” Teaching with Primary Sources Journal, 4, no. 1 (Winter, 2011).

“The Great Exchange: The Global Exchange of Cultures, Plants, Animals, and Disease.” Mariners Weather Log 52, no. 3 (December 2008).


Post:Using Archives to Study the Life and Service of Veterans

About: This blog was published on Veterans Day in reaction to a nationwide campaign by the Society of American Archivists encouraging Americans to visit archives to gain insight into wartime experiences. The post features the Frank O’Driscoll Hunter Papers and provides links to additional collections of interest.

Georgia Performance Standards Consulted: SS5H6; SS8H9; SSUSH19; SSWH18; Reading/Writing Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies Grade 6-8, 9-10, & 11-12; Information Processing Skills 6, 8

Works Consulted:

Frank O’Driscoll Hunter Papers, MS 2330. Georgia Historical Society, Savannah. Georgia.

Frederick William Mingledorff, Jr. Family Papers, MS 1991. Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

John C. Bell Letter, MS 314. Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

John N. McLaughlin Memoirs and Photograph, MS 2330. Georgia Historical Society, Savannah,    Georgia.

Lois Norvell Dozier Papers, MS 1690. Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.


Post:Georgia Historical Society Resources Revealed

About: This post was meant to help teachers as they prepared for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year. The post was written by GHS Education Intern Jordan Fisher as a part of her master’s degree in public history studies at Armstrong State University.


Post:Resource Review of Vocabulary.com

About: This post was written to introduce teachers to a valuable online resource (Vocabulary.com) and to promote the upcoming lecture by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Atkinson.