Students Get a Passport to Travel Through the Life of a Historian

Monday, March 11, 2013

The Center for Public History presents “Passport to Public History: Come See What Historians Really Do.” The event, which showcases a compilation of student work, also offers an opportunity to explore work done by public historians. The showcase will be held in the Ingram Library on Tuesday, March 12 at 2 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. 

“Our research produces albums of music, 3D models of artifacts for online exhibits, traveling exhibits, walking tours of historic downtowns and a whole host of other projects that make history truly engaging,” said Dusty Dye, assistant director for the Center for Public History. “Ultimately, we use all of our creativity to preserve the past and tell the stories of the people who lived it.”

The event includes eight showcase tables of work completed by graduate research assistants as part of an experiential learning program. Six speakers will provide informal presentations about their partnerships and research, in addition to the various displays for the showcases. Presentations will begin every 30 minutes.

Below is a detailed list of the showcases.

The West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail

The West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail connects communities through preserving and interpreting historic sites related to the textile industry along Highway 27 from Columbus to Dalton.

The Regional Music Project

The Regional Music Project is an initiative began by the Center for Public History to document, preserve, interpret and promote the musical folk life and history of grassroots music in Carroll County and the West region of Georgia.

National Park Service Partnerships

The NPS Partnership includes Trail of Tears, CHAT and Sandburg. Center Director Dr. Ann McCleary and research assistant Donna Butler are currently in the process of writing an administrative history of the Carl Sandburg National Historic Site in Flatrock, Ala.

Georgia Humanities Council Partnerships

This partnership includes the Governor’s Mansion Project, Georgia’s National History Day Competition, New Harmonies and New Georgia Encyclopedia and Teacher’s Workshop. Several students assisted in the research projects for each partnership.

Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum

Graduate Research Assistant April Carlson Moon is currently serving as a curator at the Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum located in Carrollton. The museum opens in September with a special exhibition of quilts crafted by the West Georgia Quilters guild in honor of their 25th anniversary.

Community Projects

The center partners with local communities and individuals to highlight their heritage. While working with Goldworth Farm, the center has had the opportunity to concentrate on turning the late nineteenth century farm and the Civilian Conservation Corps camp into a historic site that welcomes visitors.

Waring Lab Partnership

The Center partners with Waring Lab to allow students opportunities to work on archeological projects.

For more information, contact Dusty Dye at the Center for Public History at 678-839-6141. For a downloadable copy of the flyer, click here.