Grant Provides Local History Resources

Monday, February 8, 2010

The University of West Georgia’s Center for Public History and the City of Bremen have developed online resources for educators to incorporate local history into their classrooms. 

The University of West Georgia’s Center for Public History and the City of Bremen have developed online resources for educators to incorporate local history into their classrooms.  Supported by a Teacher Enrichment Grant from the Georgia Humanities Council, the City of Bremen Teacher Resource website provides links to historical photographs and text in architecture, oral histories, cemetery art and symbolism, and other resources.  Community members and educators may access the grant project at the Center’s site at www.westga.edu/cph under “Teacher Resources.”

Administrators of the History Center and Bremen have been working together to promote community history for several years. The final grant product, “A Walk through Bremen: Documenting and Presenting Community History,” provides an assortment of archives, activities and ideas for local teachers, students and community members.

These resources are part of a larger initiative to promote Bremen’s rich history, including the role of the railroad and the apparel industry as well as its cultural history such as its Sacred Harp singing.

These online resources provide an excellent way to engage students and encourage them to make connections between classroom lessons and community history.

The Center for Public History will provide guidance to teachers interested in developing instructional activities using these resources.  For assistance, contact Meghan Donahue, project coordinator, at the Center at 678-839-6141.

Teachers are also encouraged to use the Center’s additional educational resources, including traveling exhibits available on regional history and teaching trunks on World War II and the Cold War. 

The Center for Public History, part of the UWG Center for Civic Engagement, provides opportunities for research, community outreach and civic engagement for public and student use.

The CPH maintains extensive archival and research collections in areas related to West Georgia and Georgia history including architecture, folklore, regional music, oral history and southern baking traditions.

For more information, contact the Center at 678-839-6141.