Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Piecing Together the Past

The award-winning Center for Public History at the University of West Georgia recently completed a project for the City of Bremen that will enhance the culture and quality of life for this small rural community.

Graduate students in the Introduction to Public History class worked together on projects for the city and presented their finished work to Bremen Mayor Sharon Sewell and the Better Hometown Manager Neile Chambers.

Bremen has a population of less than 5,000 residents and is located several miles west of the university. Settled by German immigrants, the town was incorporated with the name of the German town Bremen in 1883.

The history students developed an outline for a walking tour of downtown Bremen, a library exhibit and a Traveling Trunk exhibit on the history of the city, a guide to developing a volunteer program and a marketing plan for the future Bremen History Center.

The Traveling Trunk is an educational tool used in public and private schools. The history exhibit is now on display at the Warren P. Sewell Memorial Library in Bremen.

The project was supported by the Georgia Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities and through appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly.

The Center for Public History has received many awards and recognition for its preservation of the region’s history through student and faculty research projects that include: “It Was Passed Down from Generation to Generation: Baking Traditions in the West Georgia Piedmont,” a part of the traveling Smithsonian’s “Key Ingredients” exhibit; and “Powder Springs Has Some Deep Roots In It,” a study of the history of the African American community in Powder Springs.

The history center is located in Pafford Hall on the university campus. The center creates and maintains archives for all of its research and fieldwork activities and is open to the public for research Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information on history projects completed and underway, contact Center Directors Dr. Ann McCleary or Dr. Keith Hebert or call 678-839-6141.

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