The Cottrell Digital Studio has been busier than ever! Since January we have already served over 600 students through our live Webcasts and hundreds more through our educational Webisodes. This week students met explorers Lewis & Clark, Girl Scouts Founder Juliette Gordon Low, and civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.!
Our Lewis & Clark Webcast is set in St. Louis, Missouri in 1806 just after Lewis and Clark return from their two year exploration of the West. Executive Director Glen Kyle portrays Captain Lewis and Director of Education Ken Johnston portrays Lieutenant Clark. Students learn first-hand about the Native American tribes they encountered, the indispensable help and knowledge of Sacajawea, and the detailed stories of their adventures.
"From the questions the students ask, I think what engages them most about Lewis and Clark is the sense of adventure; they ask about the new tribes the expedition met, the new and different plants, animals, rivers, and mountains - but also, about being scared, about if anyone got hurt or died. I think they like knowing you can discover new things, face danger, and still make it through your adventure." - Director of Education Ken Johnston
Our Juliette Gordon Low Webcast takes place in Savannah, Georgia in 1920 and is portrayed by our Director of Media & Communications Libba Beaucham. Mrs. Low, or "Daisy" as she was nicknamed, talks about what encouraged her to start Girl Scouts, her family's history, and the challenges she overcame as a partially deaf woman in the early 20th century.
"I think the students are most fascinated by all of the different passions Daisy had. She was an adventurer, a nature and animal lover, a gifted artist, a performer, and everyone's friend. I like to talk to the students about the differences between her time and their time, especially when it comes to the expectations of young girls. It's wonderful to see both boys and girls recognize that their abilities, talents, and interests are not determined by their gender but by their curiosity and passion." - Director of Media & Communications Libba Beaucham
Our Martin Luther King Jr. Webcast is our latest addition. We are very fortunate to have Atlanta-based actor Mustapha Slack portray Dr. King and perform his famous "I Have a Dream" speech from the 1963 March on Washington. Students are encouraged to applaud during the speech when they are moved by Dr. King's words -- and applaud they do!
"Along with stepping into the shoes of such a great human being and delivering such a powerful and historically monumental speech, I loved getting to share this short snippet of history with children who were eager to listen and learn more. It’s incredible how attentive they are, and how well the kids understand the importance of that moment in history. I also found it very poignant that on several occasions, these students asked questions in the same vein of what MLK spent his life trying to answer, 'Why does hate exist?'" - Actor Mustapha Slack
Educators can book their free Webcast and view our Webisodes from our website now, so please help us spread the word!
A look at our Lewis & Clark Webcast from the students' perspective at Peachtree City Elementary
Inside the Cottrell Digital Studio during our Martin Luther King Jr. Webcast
Juliette Gordon Low meeting students outside her home
Each week we will feature an item in our archives. This week's item is a ticket from President Franklin D. Roosevelt's visit to Atlanta in 1935 during his "homecoming" tour before the 1936 election. FDR would later come to Gainesville shortly after the 1936 tornado and again in 1938 to celebrate the rebuilding of the city.
Family Day Irish Heritage
March 10th from 1-4PM at the History Center
In commemoration of St. Patrick’s Day and Irish heritage in Northeast Georgia, this family-friendly event features living history demonstrations, hands-on activities, as well as musical, vocal, and storytelling performances. Free and open to the public thanks to the Ada Mae Ivester Education Center.
Forum: The Easter Rising of 1916
March 12th from 7-8Pm at the History Center
$3 General Admission & Free for Members
The Easter Rising was an armed insurrection in Ireland during Easter Week, April 1916. The Rising was launched by Irish republicans to end British rule in Ireland and establish an independent Irish Republic while the United Kingdom was heavily engaged in the First World War. It was the most significant uprising in Ireland since the rebellion of 1798, and the first armed action of the Irish revolutionary period. Learn more about the impacts of this event during this week's Forum.
Taste of History 2019
Thursday, April 11th at 6PM
$125 per ticket
Our annual fundraiser Taste of History will celebrate Sandra and Nathan Deal for their lifetime of service. The event will take place at the Ramsey Conference Center at Lanier Technical College on Thursday, April 11th at 6PM. A plated dinner will be served and we'll have an open bar with beer and wine. Sponsorships of $1,500 and up are available. To purchase tickets or inquire about a sponsorship, please call 770-297-5900.
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