University of West Georgia’sCenter for Public HistoryCURRENT PROJECTS
REGIONAL MUSIC Jennifer Reid is continuing the Regional Music Project, begun by the Center in 2001. This fall, the Center is producing a CD comprised of the United Shape Note Singers and the Associated Shape Note Singers performing traditional shape-note hymns. The CD is available for purchase from the Center for Public History.
WEST GEORGIA TEXTILE TRAIL Susan Frohlich, Keri Adams and Sam Stokes are working with Dr. Keith Hebert and Dr. Ann Mccleary on the West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail. The West Georgia Regional Textile Heritage Trail will be focusing on textile mill towns along Highway 27. Susan has been focusing her research on Carrollton, GA and looking at the textile sites in this city. It will focus on heritage tourism and economic development in the West Georgia area by attracting tourists to the textiles, but also to the shopping, restaurants, and hotels in the area. Sam has been working on developing the Textile Heritage Trail website, which can be accessed by going to westgatextiletrail.wordpress.com.
NEW HARMONIES Sarah Foreman and Mollie Marlow are working with Dr. Ann McCleary on the Georgia tour of the Smithsonian’s “New Harmonies” exhibit. To provide context for the state-wide program, Sarah and Mollie are researching Georgia’s music traditions and assisting with the development of a print catalog and website to accompany “New Harmonies.”
LEAKE INTERPRETIVE TRAIL TOUR Marcus Toft is serving as the project curator of the Leake Site Signage project. Working in conjunction with Dr. Thomas Foster of the University of West Georgia’s Waring Archaeology Lab, Marcus will assist with the development of eighteen interpretive signs and three interpretive kiosk panels to be installed at an important American Indian archeological site located along the Etowah River southwest of Cartersville, Georgia. Jennifer Teeter is working with Dr. Keith Hebert to develop the Leake website and podcasts, which will be used by visitors visiting the Leake Site.
GOLDWORTH FARM Carla Ledgerwood is working with the Goldworth Farm Park to develop educational programs as well as historic trails for the Goldworth Farm site. The Goldworth Farms mission is to preserve and interpret farm life in Carroll County and the west Georgia region for the public, providing recreational and educational programs and research opportunities in partnership with local educational and governmental entities.
CARL SANDBURG NPS ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY Donna Butler is working as an intern with the Center for Public History to assist with the first phase of producing an Administrative History of the Carl Sandburg National Historic Site, a new project being undertaken by the Center for Public History in association with the Organization of American Historians and the National Park Service. The primary focus of this phase is to develop the topics to be covered in the Administrative History and to determine the best way to organize the history, chronologically or thematically.
THOMAS B. MURPHY EXHIBIT KIOSK Jessica West is working with Dr. Keith Hebert to create an interactive kiosk about the Honorable Thomas B. Murphy, who was Speaker of the House of Representative of Georgia for twenty-eight years. This kiosk will utilize a touch- screen interface which will allow guest to explore not only the life and times of Tom Murphy, but also his political philosophy and his role in leading the state through the immense social and economic changes that occurred in Georgia throughout the latter half of the twentieth century. Matt is currently sifting through the oral histories of Tom Murphy recounting his life and creating an index of the specific topics which were discussed by Tom Murphy.
INTERPRETIVE SIGNS FOR THE CARROLLTONCOORDINATOR OF THE WEST GEORGIA TEXTILE HERITAGE TRAIL Keri Adams and Andy Carter are working in conjunction with the Carrollton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau along with the City of Carrollton to interpret the history of Carrolltons once prosperous textile industry. The five main interpretive themes are centered around five important locations, which include Adamson Square, Bradley Street, the historic train depot, Maple Street and Mandeville Mill Lofts. The themes will focus on the role of cotton in the city and county, the various textile industries, the industry leaders and the community and culture of the mill workers and the mill village. For information about past projects at the Center for Public History, click here.