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Georgia Historical Society Outlines Available Resources for Parents and Educators During Coronavirus School Closures

GEORGIA – The Georgia Historical Society, the premier independent statewide institution responsible for collecting, examining, and teaching Georgia history is focused on meeting the needs of students by providing parents and educators with valuable tools during the COVID-19 school closures. To that end, information is now and will continue to be made available on our website, through direct interaction with our educator networks, and through all social media channels. GHS will also be working with a variety of educational and media partners to promote materials to additional audiences online and across the state.

“GHS has always been a trusted source of educational materials for teachers and students. Now, more than ever, we are committed to making every possible resource we can available to parents, teachers, and students as they navigate the world of online education during this challenging time,” said Dr. W. Todd Groce, President and CEO of the Georgia Historical Society.

Materials are aligned to state and national social studies standards and cover a variety of topics and people including the founding of Georgia highlighting General James Edward Oglethorpe, Tomochichi, and Mary Musgrove; Sequoyah and the development of the Cherokee alphabet; Jackie Robinson’s contributions to sportsmanship and civil rights; the Civil Rights Movement in Georgia; and Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts.

Other programs and initiatives will be centered around GHS’s award-winning Historical Marker Program including the Georgia Civil Rights Trail, the Civil War 150 project, and Georgia Business History Initiative; the Emmy Award-winning series Today in Georgia History, a joint production of GHS and Georgia Public Broadcasting; GHS Schoolhouse, an extensive library of video blog lessons on a wide variety of topics focused on understanding primary sources; Newspapers in Education, standards-based educational resources based on historical figures and topics from the Georgia History Festival; and other classroom-ready Georgia History Festival resources.

In the coming days, GHS will also continue to promote and share popular materials for at-home learners of all ages. Resources such as the GHS digital image catalog, recorded lectures, and Off the Deaton Path podcasts and blog posts provide engaging content for adult audiences as well as students. GHS will also harness the power of its affiliate chapters to bring even more content to educators and families across the state of Georgia to further diversify offerings during this time. These “Local History Highlights” will showcase the good work of GHS affiliate chapters and their efforts to reach local communities and remind Georgians of resources available in their area.

“We hope that everyone will take advantage of all that GHS has to offer,” added Groce. “The Georgia Historical Society is committed to providing these resources so our students can continue to learn, and we will continue to provide and develop new content as long as the need dictates.”

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