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Local and Community History


Photo courtesy of the Center for Public History.

Use these resources as background information for classroom activities.

Writing the History of Your Community

A community history, also called a historical narrative or context statement, is a required part of a historic district or multiple property National Register nomination. It is also useful when you are conducting field surveys, making local designations of historic properties, or preparing local preservation plans. In writing a historical narrative of a community, there are a number of topics that should always be addressed. These are pointed out in this outline.

Information on Bremen History:

New Georgia Encyclopedia: Haralson County

New Georgia Encyclopedia: Creek Indian Leaders

New Georgia Encyclopedia: Railroads

New Georgia Encyclopedia: Tom Murphy

New Georgia Encyclopedia: Sacred Harp Music

NGE is a project of the Georgia Humanities Council in partnership with the University of Georgia Press, the University System of Georgia/GALILEO, and the Office of the Governor.

Understanding Historic Communities:

Preservation Helpline

This publication from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources gives brief descriptions of the kinds of historic communities found in Georgia.