The Digital Library of Georgia has awarded Source Recognition Digital Certificates and Outstanding Use of the Digital Library of Georgia Resources Special Awards to history students participating in National History Day Georgia

The Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) partnered with Georgia Humanities to create the special awards designed to engage students in historical research using DLG resources and to recognize the best examples of student work. Source recognition digital certificates were awarded to students who incorporated primary sources found in DLG’s portals in their projects. DLG staff conferred the “Outstanding Use of the Digital Library of Georgia Resources” special award on exceptional junior and senior individual, as well as group projects.
The certificates were distributed after the National History Day Georgia 2020 held its virtual award ceremony on May 7.
Outstanding Use of Digital Library of Georgia Resources Special Award Winners include:
Junior  –  Individual Project Winner: Ava Monger for “Roy Barnes; Breaking Barriers to Change the State Flag” (Project ID # 11008).
Junior – Group Project Winners:  Lillian Harper, Destiny Butts, and Tai-Leea Jones for “That Very Rich Negress” (Project ID # 12001).
Senior– Individual Project Winner: Becky Dorminy for “Ivan Allen, Beacon of Change:  Breaking the Barriers of Segregation in the New South” (Project ID # 25007).
Senior – Group Project Winners: Brandon Leonard, Layla Burrell, Gabby King, and Jayden Jones for “Dividing a City ‘Too Busy to Hate’: Atlanta’s Own ‘Berlin Wall'” (Project ID # 24003).
About National History Day Georgia
 
National History Day (NHD) Georgia is a program of Georgia Humanities and LaGrange College. NHD encourages middle and high school students to engage more deeply in the historical process.
Over the course of the school year, students select a topic related to the year’s theme and develop their projects through extensive primary and secondary source research. The NHD theme for 2020 was Breaking Barriers in History.
Under the guidance of a sponsoring teacher, students choose both their subject matter and a vehicle to present their research within the following categories: documentary, exhibition, paper, performance, or website. NHD attracts thousands of participants each year.
Competitions occur at the regional, state, and national levels. The NHD Georgia State Contest host for 2020 was LaGrange College.
About Georgia Humanities
Founded in 1971, Georgia Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. We collaborate with others to preserve and promote the rich cultural stories, treasures, and values of our state and its people. Our work nurtures Georgians’ understanding of ourselves and of our state’s place in history and in the world, and it fosters thoughtful and engaged citizenship. Visit Georgia Humanities at georgiahumanities.org.
About the Digital Library of Georgia

Based at the University of Georgia Libraries, the Digital Library of Georgia is a GALILEO initiative that collaborates with Georgia’s libraries, archives, museums and other institutions of education and culture to provide access to key information resources on Georgia history, culture, and life. This primary mission is accomplished through the ongoing development, maintenance, and preservation of digital collections and online digital library resources. DLG also serves as Georgia’s service hub for the Digital Public Library of America and as the home of the Georgia Newspaper Project, the state’s historic newspaper microfilming project. Visit the DLG at dlg.usg.edu.

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DLG provides back-to-school educator resources for the 2019-2020 school year

The Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) welcomes this year’s back-to-school season by making new educator resources based on the Georgia third, fourth, and fifth grade Georgia Social Studies Standards of Excellence (GSE) available at sites.google.com/view/dlg-educator-resources.

New items include:

  • A frameable poster and printable postcard featuring Georgia third, fourth, and fifth grade GSE themes, released monthly
  • “Link lists” to DLG and Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) resources, organized by Georgia third, fourth, and fifth grade GSE themes and topics

These new items accompany our existing resources:

  • A quick-start guide that supports educators and students in their research of original materials
  • A sample slide deck for educators
  • A guide on using DLG materials
  • A postcard of DLG portals with features available for educators
  • National History Day resources that connect K-12 history researchers to primary source documents in the DLG
  • A customized National History Day GALILEO portal, designed to simplify access to primary documents, articles, and more for K-12 history researchers (available via GALILEO affiliated K-12 schools. Contact GALILEO at www.galileo.usg.edu/contact/ for details)

In a joint statement, Joy Hatcher, social studies program manager, and JoAnn Wood, social studies program specialist, both with the Georgia Department of Education, said:

“The primary sources from GALILEO and DLG provide Georgia’s teachers with a wealth of excellent teaching materials. It is clear that they are working diligently to see that sources are teacher-friendly and aligned to the Georgia Standards of Excellence. We are fortunate to have such a collection and experts determined to make them usable.”

These items provide high-quality, standards-aligned materials that help teachers meet the diverse academic interests and needs of students. 

Topics include: 

  • Early Native American cultures
  • European exploration in North America
  • British colonial America
  • The American Revolution
  • The creation of the Constitution
  • American westward expansion
  • The abolitionist and suffrage movements
  • The Civil War and Reconstruction
  • The turn of the twentieth century
  • American involvement in World War I and  World War II
  • The Great Depression and New Deal
  • The Cold War
  • Historical developments between 1950-1975
  • Important events from 1975-2001 

Materials come from museums, archives, libraries, historical societies, and other cultural heritage organizations that have contributed more than 800 collections to DLG’s website, and all provide insight into the state’s diverse population and geography.

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