The Georgia Trust

How Talking Walls Impacts Georgia's Future

  • Students connect with and appreciate their communities' local historic resources, so that they will develop a sense of place and a sense of stewardship
  • Students appreciate the historic sites, structures, artifacts, and documents that give insight into their communities' histories and development
  • Students understand the origins of their communities, how they evolved, what influenced their evolution, and how state and national events influenced their communities
  • Students understand their communities' contributions to the cultural heritage of Georgia and the United States
  • Students appreciate the cultural and folk traditions of their communities

The Trust assists local school systems and historical organizations with:

  • Compiling extensive Teacher's Heritage Resource Guides containing primary - and
    secondary - source materials
  • Developing, coordinating and facilitating teacher-recertification workshops
  • Helping teachers incorporate local historic resources into their classes

Through these teachers, the program has reached more than 372,000 students. More than 1,765 teachers representing 61 school systems in 54 Georgia counties have been trained through our program's recertification workshops, which emphasize hands-on activities that encourage learning by doing. In turn, these trained teachers incorporate local historic resources into their lessons, including social studies, language arts, and visual arts.

Above: Students list the jobs and work it took to build Rhodes Hall in Atlanta, identifying the contributions of carpenters, plumbers, artists, etc. of all income and ethnic groups from the community.

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