Georgia Historical Society Receives Grant to Enhance Teaching African American History

The Georgia Historical Society is pleased to announce it has been awarded two grants totaling $291,327 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to enhance the teaching of African-American history and culture and the American Civil War by university and community college teachers.

These seminars and workshops will be held in the summer of 2010 and utilize site visits, scholarly lectures, and the Georgia Historical Society’s rich archival holdings. Sixty-five college faculty selected from a nationwide application process will study African-American and Civil War history with some of the leading experts in the field, including a Pulitzer Prize winner, three winners of the Bancroft Prize, two Lincoln Prize winners, and one Lincoln Prize Honorable Mention. These two grants represent the largest amount of NEH funds awarded to an institution in Georgia in this grant cycle.

The first workshop, The American Civil War at 150: New Approaches, is an NEH Summer Seminar and Institute for University and College Teachers, and will be held in Savannah from June 6 through July 2, 2010.

This four-week residential seminar will engage sixteen college faculty in exploring new scholarship and approaches to the Civil War through lectures and readings, individual research projects in the GHS archives, and visits to historic sites in the Georgia lowcountry.

This seminar will challenge preconceived notions about the causes and consequences of the war that ultimately created our modern nation and ensured the survival of the United States of America, our republican form of government, and proved to the world the ability of the “People” to govern themselves.

The second grant is for a Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop for Community College Faculty and will focus on African-American History and Culture in the Georgia Lowcountry: Savannah and the Coastal Islands, 1750 – 1950. These residential workshops will be held July 11 – 17 and July 18 – 24, 2010. The workshops are intended to assist community college faculty in teaching and facilitating classroom discussions on African- American life and culture throughout American history, the Atlantic world in the eighteenth and nineteenth century, and the global impact of African-American religion, art, food, and music.

The Georgia Historical Society is grateful to NEH for the receipt of these two grant awards which help GHS to fulfill its mission to preserve and interpret Georgia and American history.

To learn more about the Georgia Historical Society, these two NEH grants and for upcoming events, visit www.georgiahistory. com .

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