National History Day Georgia 2021 Awards

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, a program of Georgia Humanities and LaGrange College that encourages middle and high school students to engage more deeply in the historical process. 2021’s theme was “Communication in History: The Key to Understanding.”

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 and group projects.

Sheila McAlister, director of the Digital Library of Georgia, says: 

“Our partnership with Georgia Humanities and National History Day Georgia is one of our most rewarding. Through National History Day Georgia, students have the opportunity to deeply connect with DLG resources as they critically and creatively address their chosen topics and theses. Their work is always impressive, and it’s a pleasure to recognize such excellence.”

The certificates were distributed after the National History Day Georgia 2021 held its virtual award ceremony on April 21, 2021.

Outstanding Use of Digital Library of Georgia Resources Special Award Winners include:

  • Junior  –  Individual Project Winner: Zahira Gray for “WERD RADIO” (Project ID # 11001).
  • Junior – Group Project Winners: Rachael Staskiewicz and Mina Overway for “The Allies War on Hitler” (Project ID # 16014).
  • Senior – Group Project Winners: Eva Cheraisi and Mary C. McCoy for “The Soul of We People Who Are Darker Than Blue” (Project ID # 22004).

Associated images:

DLG National History Day Georgia Special Awards graphic
DLG National History Day Georgia Special Awards graphic

About National History Day Georgia

National History Day in Georgia (NHD GA) is a program of Georgia Humanities and LaGrange College that annually engages over 11,000 middle and high school students from across the state in historical research, interpretation, and creative expression through inquiry and project based learning. For more information on NHD GA, please visit

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. 

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About LaGrange College

Georgia’s oldest private institution of higher learning, LaGrange College, is consistently ranked among the South’s top colleges by U.S. News & World Report. A four-year liberal arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church, LaGrange offers more than 70 areas of study with an emphasis on global engagement and service. For more information, please visit


Fulton County Superintendent’s annual reports now available online

ATHENS, Ga. — The Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) is pleased to announce the availability of Superintendent’s annual reports for the Fulton County, Georgia school system at These resources have been made available online thanks in part to the DLG’s Competitive Digitization grant program, a funding opportunity intended to broaden DLG partner participation for statewide historic digitization projects. 

These annual reports were submitted by local, public school districts to the State School Superintendent’s Office as part of their operations to receive accreditation and funding, and contain demographic information pertaining to the growth of the school system located in and around Atlanta between the years 1929 and 1977. Data was collected on both African American and white schools and was expressed using the “dual school system” terminology of “colored” and “white.” The reports also contain material related to school employees, building materials and valuations, as well as transportation and supply costs. A small portion of this collection includes reports from Milton and Campbell counties just before they merged with Fulton County.

Michael Santrock, the archives and collections specialist at Fulton County Schools Archives notes: 

“Information gathered from school systems have a great potential to illuminate the history of a place…from learning and teaching to voting and playing, they are institutions that reflect the social and cultural milieus of the districts they reside within. The Superintendent’s Annual Reports of Fulton County Schools document this story by offering a look at the growth of metro Atlanta throughout some very crucial decades of the twentieth century. The oldest portion of this collection provides evidence of a largely rural and segregated district during the Great Depression, while the latter portion is a culmination of the movement to integrate the schools after the Brown v. Board of Education decision of 1954–a process that lasted seventeen years. In this respect, the reports help to clarify one of the defining issues of the Civil Rights Movement.”

About Fulton County Schools Archives

The Fulton County Schools Archives preserves and maintains a wide range of historic materials such as board minutes, school yearbooks, and audiovisual recordings while serving the public as a repository for these historical collections. Visit