Fall 2016

  • Congrats to the Center for Public History for bringing home the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council (GHRAC) Award for Excellence in Archival Program Development in a State Institution.  The Center was recognized for their new heritage tourism initiative and accompanying guidebook “The West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail.”
  • On November 10, the Department of History presented a panel of four Vietnam War veterans discuss their experiences in the war.  Panelists included Dr. John Fuller (UWG emeritus from Criminology), Dr. Jim Gillam (emeritus Asian historian from Spelman), Ms. Gloria Emory (Nurse and former COO of Tanner), and Mr. Tom Johnson (a helicopter pilot). The event was held at the Stallings Community Center in Carrollton, Georgia.
  • Dr. Keith Bohannon gave a talk at the Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield National Park on Saturday, October 29, on the Confederate Army's defense of Little Kennesaw Mountain in June of 1864.
  • The Center for Public History launched a new exhibit called "Play by Play: Athletics at West Georgia" during Homecoming Week.  The exhibit explores student led development of UWG athletics since the 1900s and how sports have transformed the University.  The exhibit will run for the next few months at Bonner House on Front Campus Drive.
  • Dr. Julia Brock's work with the The Antioch A.M.E. Digital Archive (http://antiochamehistory.org/archive) was featured at the Auburn Avenue Research Library's programming for American Archives in October.  On October 11, she joined UWG archivist Shanee' Murrain and Antioch A.M.E. church member Tiger Rand to discuss the creation of the archive.
  • Drs. Charles Lipp and Steve Goodson launched a new Study Abroad Program to Strasbourg and Bayeux, France that will be housed in the Department of History.  The program will run from May 27 to July 5, 2017, and will be an amazing learning experience as we explore history where it happened.
  • In October, Dr. Julia Brock, with Teresa Bramlette Reeves, and Kirstie Tepper, published "Art and Activism in 1970s Atlanta," in Atlanta Studies. In the article, they discuss the emergence of a new Atlanta art scene in the 1970s and its women builders. To read the article, visit the Atlanta Studies blog.
  • On September 27, Dr. Daniel Williams presented a talk entitled, "The 2016 Presidential Election in Historical Perspective: What can a Study of American Political History Tell us about Contemporary Politics?" The event was held at the Neva Lomason Memorial Library in Carrollton, Georgia.
  • As part of our conservation efforts through the Department of History's "Conserve a Critter" program, we adopted Bell, an endangered sea turtle at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.  We happily report that Bell has been rehabilitated and successfully conserved! September 1st marked Bell's 1 year anniversary at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, and she was released back into the wild on September 25.
  • On September 2, the Department hosted Dr. James F. Brooks, Professor of History and Anthropology and Director of the Public History Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara, who gave a talk entitled "Haunted Collections and Disorderly Archives: The Challenge of Making 'History' Across Communities." Drawing on his work with indigenous communities in the southwest, Dr. Brooks discussed the intersecting challenges of interdisciplinary scholarship and community engagement.  The talk was co-sponsored by the Departments of History and Anthroplogy.