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Journal Newsletter Sept 2nd - 8th
September 09, 2019

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Thanks to everyone who joined us for a fun-filled Family Day during Past Times, Pastimes! Kids and adults alike enjoyed games and activities spanning the 18th-20th century, music, dance, and Living History demonstrations. Our Family Days are always free thank to the Ada Mae Ivester Education Center. We look forward to seeing y'all at our next Family Day on Sunday, October 13th all about ancient Rome!

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Virtual School is Back in Session, Too!

Summer is giving way to Fall and school is back with new lessons for students, and the Northeast Georgia History Center’s Cottrell Digital Studio is also back with new original Webisodes! There are three new Webisodes for the Hands On History series as well as three for the Quick History Series.

The Hands On History videos are geared to the younger students of kindergarten, first grade, and second grade, and feature finger puppets dressed as typical students interacting with a historical figure from the Georgia Standards of Excellence study list. The new characters are Colonial Georgia’s Mary Musgrove, Lewis and Clark Expedition interpreter Sacagawea, and President Abraham Lincoln.


From our Hands On History Webisode about Abraham Lincoln

The Quick History videos are developed for students of the third, fourth, and fifth grades, and feature fast paced editing, sound effects, animation, and tongue-in-cheek (but accurate!) narration about individuals or events found in the Georgia Standards of Excellence. The new subjects are Harriett Tubman, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and President Abraham Lincoln (the bit we do with his beard is hilarious and educational!)


From our Quick History Webisode about Harriet Tubman -- when she evaded being recognized by a former owner with the help of some chickens!

If you’d like to take a look for yourself at what the students are getting with these new series additions, follow this link and click on the webisode you’re interested in:


Happy viewing – and learning!

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By Archives Media Assistant Lesley Jones

This week From the Archives is the revised American Red Cross First Aid Text-Book. The American Red Cross was founded in 1881 by Clara Barton, a nurse during the Civil War who provided clothing, food, supplies, and room in her home for soldiers. President William McKinley gave Ms. Barton the first congressional charter in 1900; by World War I the American Red Cross provided aid to 54 hospitals overseas and had 20,000 nurses. Today, the American Red Cross is responsible for over 40% of the world’s blood supply and spends $25 million each year on research into cellular treatment, leukoreduction, nucleic acid studies, and tissue transplants.

The American Red Cross First Aid Text-Book was first published in 1933 and revised in 1940 with the intention to update the newest treatment for arm and leg fractures. Over 60% of the book is devoted to injuries and how to treat them; an indication of the main cause of death and disability in the 1940s. The original owner of the book in our archives wrote their own table of contents inside, along with the date of their first aid certification test: Monday, March 30, 1942. We hope they passed with flying colors!

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Democracy in America... Good or Bad? Was famous newscaster, and completely fictional character from the animated show The Simpsons, Kent Brockman right when he opined “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again - democracy simply doesn’t work!”? No, of course not - he’s fictional! But, what is democracy? How does the voice of the people work and how has it changed over time? They don’t necessarily know, but in this episode, Ken and Glen discuss what government of the people is and isn’t.

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Forum: Dr. Crawford Long

September 10th at 7 PM

$3 General Admission or Free for Members

Dr. Crawford Long of Jefferson, Georgia became the first physician who used ether for surgical anesthesia in 1842. Vicki Starnes, Director of the Crawford Long Museum will share this remarkable story of a “country doctor” who created a cutting-edge procedure right here in Northeast Georgia.

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Family Day - The Grandeur That Was Rome!

October 13th from 1-4PM

Free to the public thanks to the Ada Mae Ivester Education Center

October is our month to take a journey farther back into the past than usual on a Family Day - and this year we go back to Rome! With The Grandeur that was Rome join us to experience the rich tapestry of Roman daily life with hand-on activities, living history interpretation, performing arts, cooking, and combat demonstrations!

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Three children pick cotton on the Carroll Farm in Lilburn, Georgia in the early 1900s.


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