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.