Help students preserve local history and create a sustainable community-based curriculum

An American Literary Landscape: Life, History, and Memory in Putnam County, Georgia, involves Putnam County students and teachers working with College of Education associate professor T.J. Kopcha to record local history and transform it into K-12 curriculum. This includes digitizing oral histories and using artifacts from the National Archives to preserve the richness of the Putnam community, then teach it to students.

"This project impacts the lives of community members across our county and, more importantly, thousands of students in our school system as we continue to transform both public humanities and public education in Georgia," says Eric Arena, Putnam County Schools superintendent.

When complete, this project will include a first-of-its-kind database containing the stories of Putnam County residents, sustainable curriculum for the Putnam County Charter School system, a touring exhibition in partnership with the National Archives, and an original play written by Putnam students and a playwright to tell the stories students uncover.

While this project has received funding through the National Endowment for the Humanities, it requires matching funding. Your donation can help support this ongoing work, which brings together diverse partners including the National Archives, the UGA Libraries, and the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts.

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