Episode 34: Students Portray Famous Figures in Georgia History


Eighth-grade students at Coastal Middle School students tell you why Georgians should learn about the historical figure they portrayed in the 2017 Georgia Day Parade. In this short video, you will meet Abigail Minis, Nathanael Greene, George Whitefield, Mary Telfair, Mathilda Beasley, and Alice McKane. Want to learn more about the historical figures featured in…

Episode 33: Researching the Civil Rights Movement, Oral History


Join Georgia Historical Society Programs Intern Sarah as she researches the Civil Rights Movement. In this two-minute video, Sarah shares her experience conducting oral history interviews and discusses the value of oral history in studying the modern Civil Rights Movement. Click here to view Sarah’s Research Journal entry for this video. In her journal, Sarah…

Yazoo Land Fraud in Primary sources

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Scandal, corruption, and political intrigue—no, this is not another blog post about the 2016 presidential election. The scandal under discussion in this blog dates back to the 1780s and 1790s. The Yazoo Land Fraud centered around the issue of what Georgia should do with its vast western territories which spanned most of modern-day Alabama and…

National History Day Award Winning Performance on Mary Musgrove


Sophia’s Schoolhouse is proud to present Devin Snyder and Mercy Koehler’s gold-medal-winning project, “Mary Musgrove: Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange in the Life of an Indian Princess.” The first-place prize was awarded at the 2016 National History Day competition held recently at the University of Maryland, with the theme “Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History.” National History Day…

Teaching World War I: A Resource Guide

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Looking for new resources to freshen up your WWI curriculum, but overwhelmed with the amount of material online? Interested in engaging your students using primary sources and local history? GHS Programs Intern Haley McKenzie is here to help with her favorite online resources from the Georgia Historical Society and other trustworthy content creators like the Library of Congress and National World War I Museum.

Super Bowl Ads, Vintage Advertisements, and Historical Inquiry

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Your students are going to come back to class on Monday with lots of opinions about the game, the half-time show, and the commercials. Why not direct that energy towards analyzing primary sources?

Vintage advertisements are a great introduction to primary source analysis because students see advertisements every day. Reviewing some of the main techniques advertisers have used for hundreds of years is a great way to transition from discussing your favorite Super Bowl commercials to doing in-depth analysis of advertisements from whatever time period you are studying in class.