On-Site Programs & Tours

The Northeast Georgia History Center’s History Alive! educational track provides students and teachers with pre- and post- visit resources and lesson plans in conjunction with the hands-on activities and history interpreters of their History Center visit. This program track also meets a variety of Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSEs); as listed below.

For all Options prices are per person, 20 person minimum, must book in advance. Student tours require a 1:10 ratio of chaperones to students. Chaperones pay tour admission and must remain with the tour group. Teachers and Bus Drivers admitted free.

GSE (Georgia Standards of Excellence) met in our programs:

1st Grade: SS1H1, SS1G1- 2nd Grade: SS2H1, SS2H2, SS2G2 - 3rd Grade: SS3H1, SS3H2, SS3H3, SS3G3 - 4th Grade: SS4H1, SS4H2, SS4H3, SS4H4, SS4H5, SS4H6,SS4CG1,SS4CG3 – 5th Grade: SS5H4 – 8th Grade: SS8H1, SS8H2, SS8H3, SS8H4, SS8H5, SS8H6, SS8H8 SS8H9

Option 1 - $5 – All Grades - Self-Guided Tour

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Teachers may choose this option to focus on their own particular class goals at their own pace. Includes access to indoor galleries and our outdoor historic structures, the 1780 White Path cabin, and the 19th century Blacksmith shop. Our Land of Promise exhibit, White Path Cabin, and Blacksmith Shop will take you through the history of North Georgia from the original Paleo-Indian inhabitants of 13,000 years ago, through the Mississippian Culture, to Cherokee and Creek society, to European and European-American exploration and settlement - including African-Americans both free and enslaved - showcasing daily life, as well as cultures and nations in conflict, from the 16th century to the 20th century.

Option 2 - $7 – All Grades – 18th & 19th Century Daily Life Demonstration & Self-Guided Tour

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Experience the past in realtime with a live demonstration of 18th or 19th century daily life with activities including:

  • Open-Fire Cooking
  • Spinning and Weaving
  • Carpentry
  • Blacksmithing
  • Corn Grinding
  • Fashion of the Time
  • Laundry
  • Farming
  • Candle Making
  • Land Surveying
  • Tools of the Time
  • Toys and Games using period appropriate methods.

These programs are applicable to 18th/19th century Native American and European American Daily Life, from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War. The demonstration is followed by a Self-Guided Tour, with tour brochures provided to teachers.

Option 3 – $7 – 4th, 5th, 8th Grades - Specialty Program and Self-guided Tour


We offer a wide range of specialty programs covers hundreds of years of history in specific topics including:

The Deer Skin Trade
Explore the Cherokee and Creek cultures and their interaction with European American settlers in the British colony of Georgia in the 18th century. Students will learn about the Deer Skin Trade between Natives and settlers, the positive and negative impact of the trade system, and how weapons, tools, and other technology advanced.

First Contact to Removal
This program covers conflicts between Native American peoples and Europeans/Americans, such as the De Soto Expedition (1540), The Cherokee–American wars (1776 to 1795), the Creek War (1813-1815), Indian Removal Act (1830), Treaty of New Echota (1836), and the Trail of Tears (1836-1838).

Medicine: Medieval to Modern
From Plague Doctors, to “Saw Bones”, to Germ Theory, learn the history of humans, disease, and medicine. Accurate reproduction tools, equipment, and clothing are a sight to see in this program!

The American War for Independence (1775-1783)
With options to meet a Colonial militiaman, Continental/State Line Regular, and/or woman camp follower.

War of 1812 (1812-1814)
With options to meet an Early US Republic militiaman, US Army Regular, Early US Republic Doctor, and/ or woman camp follower.

American Civil War (1861-1865)
With options to meet a Civil War Soldier, Union and/or Confederate, Nurse Union/Confederate, and Camp follower Union/Confederate.

Turn of the Century (1890-1912)
With options to meet an immigrant, Black Cowboy of Texas, Nouveau-Riche Heiress, or an Oil Baron.

World War I (1914-1918)
With options to meet a German Soldier, French Soldier, American/British Nurse.

Women’s Suffrage (1848-1920)
With options to meet a variety of Women Suffragists from 1848-1920.

World War II (1939-1945)
With options to meet a US Army soldier, US Navy Sailor, British Army soldier, Soviet Soldier, Rosie the Riveter, and Red Cross Nurse.

The Great Depression (1929-1939)
With options to meet a member of the Civilian Conservation Corp, a soup kitchen volunteer, a dust bowl farmer, or a man who has lost his job due to the Depression.

Following the designated program, the group then does a self-guided tour (self-guided tour brochures provided) of our galleries and historic structures.

Option 4 - $8 - Museum Theatre Performance & Self-Guided Tour

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Meet actual people from United States and Georgia 18th, and 19th century history. This program is comprised of a 1st person performance with in-character question and answer, followed by a self-guided tour of the museum galleries and historic structures.

Some of the characters available are:

18th Century - Georgia Loyalist Elizabeth Johnston, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams.

19th Century – Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglas, Clara Barton.

20th Century- Juliette Gordon Low

Other character performances may be developed upon request. One character per performance is standard, an additional character or characters can be added at additional cost.

You can add a Guided Tour to each option for an additional $2/student.

You can combine options for an additional $2 to the higher priced program (still 1 hour long in total). Example: American Revolution Program + Patriot Soldier Museum Theatre Performance = $10 per guest for a one hour program.

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To schedule your on-site program please contact Marie Walker, Director of Education, at mwalker10@brenau.edu

TO CANCEL OR CHANGE RESERVATIONS please call 770-297-5900 as soon as possible.

IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER The Northeast Georgia History Center follows the same closing schedule as Brenau University.

BUS PARKING is available in the large lot beside the museum.

PICNIC FACILITIES are available in the amphitheater overlooking the White Path Cabin. Please bring trash bags to help keep the area clean. In inclement weather indoor facilities may be arranged.

MUSEUM SHOP with many moderately priced items is available at the museum. Students are requested to enter the shop in small groups and should be chaperoned.

The Northeast Georgia History Center at Brenau University - 322 Academy St NE Gainesville, GA 30501 - 770.297.5900 - historycenter@brenau.edu