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History Alive! Tours and Programs 2016-2017 Academic Year

The Northeast Georgia History Center’s History Alive! educational track provides students and teachers with pre- and post- visit resources and lesson plans in conjunction with the hands on activities and history interpreters of their History Center visit. This program track also meets a variety of Georgia Performance Standards; each Tour Option lists examples of GPS’s met. For all Options prices are per person, 20 person minimum, must book in advance. Student tours require a 1:10 ratio of chaperones to students. Chaperones pay tour admission and must remain with the tour group. Teachers and Bus Drivers admitted free.

Option 1 - $5 – All Grades - Self-Guided

GPS examples met – 4th Grade: SS4H1 – 5th Grade: SS5G2 – 8th Grade: SS8H1 - email us for other GPS’s/Grades met

Teachers may choose this option to take their students through focusing on their own particular class goals at their own pace. Includes access to indoor galleries and our outdoor historic structures, the 1780 White Path cabin and the 19th century Blacksmith shop.

Option 2 - $6 – All Grades – 18th & 19th Century Daily Life Demonstration & Self-Guided Tour

Live demonstration of 18th or 19th century daily life, such as blacksmithing, laundry, or soap making using period appropriate methods; applicable to 18th/19th century Native American and European American Daily Life, from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War. The demonstration is followed by a Self-Guided Tour, with tour brochures provided to teachers.

Option 3 – $7 – 4th, 5th, 8th Grades - Specialty Program and Self-guided Tour

GPS met - 4th Grade: SS4H1, SS4H4 – 5th Grade: SS5H1, SS5G2 – 8th Grade: SS8H1, SS8H3

The History Center Staff conducts a program that can focus on the following:

Exploration and Settlement

  • Mississippian Culture (9th – 16th centuries)
  • De Soto Expedition of 1540 (16th century)
  • Cherokee and Creek settlement (16th, 17th and 18th centuries)
  • European/American exploration and settlement, including the travels of American Naturalist William Bartram (1773-1777)


  • Conflicts of Native American peoples among themselves, such as the Creek-Muscogee War (1715-1755) and the Red Stick War (1813-1815)
  • Conflicts of Native American peoples with Europeans/Americans, such as the De Soto Expedition (1540), The Cherokee–American wars (1776 to 1795), the Creek War (1813-1815), Indian Removal Act (1830), Treaty of New Echota (1836), Trail of Tears (1836-1838)
  • Conflicts of Europeans/Americans among themselves and other nations, such as the American War for Independence (1775-1783), War of 1812 (1812-1814), American Civil War (1861-1865), World War I (1914-1918) and World War II (1939-1945)

Daily life

  • daily life skills, activities, and the quality of life for the people of Northeast Georgia in the 18th and 19th centuries, such as blacksmithing, corn grinding, laundry, soap making, land surveying, toys and games

Following the designated program the group then does a self-guided tour (self-guided tour brochures provided) of our galleries and historic structures.

Our Land of Promise gallery, White Path Cabin, and Blacksmith Shop take you through the history of North Georgia from the original Paleo-Indian inhabitants of 13,000 years ago, through the Mississippian Culture, to Cherokee and Creek society, to European and European American exploration and settlement - including African Americans both free and enslaved - showcasing daily life, as well as cultures and nations in conflict, from the 16th century to the 20th century.

Option 4 - $8 – Museum Theatre Performance

Meet actual people from United States and Georgia 18th, and 19th century history. This program is comprised of a 1st person performance with in-character question and answer, followed by a self-guided tour of the museum galleries and historic structures.

Some of the characters available are:

  • 18th Century - George Washington, Patrick Henry, Benedict Arnold, Georgia Loyalist Thomas Brown, Georgia Loyalist Elizabeth Johnston, Georgia Patriot Lachlan McIntosh, Former Slave British Freedom
  • 19th Century – Abraham Lincoln, Former Slave/Nurse/Teacher Susie King Taylor of Georgia.

Other character performances may be developed upon request. One character per performance is standard, an additional character or characters can be added at additional cost.

For all of the above, please contact Ken Johnston, Curator of Education, at or at 770-297-5859.

CHAPERONES must accompany every group. A minimum of one chaperon per 10 students is required. Adults must stay with their groups at all times to supervise student behavior.

TO CANCEL OR CHANGE RESERVATIONS please call  770-297-5900 as soon as possible.

IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER The Northeast Georgia History Center follows the same closing schedule as Brenau University.

BUS PARKING is available in the large lot beside the museum.

PICNIC FACILITIES are available in the amphitheater overlooking the White Path Cabin. Please bring trash bags to help keep the area clean. In inclement weather indoor facilities may be arranged.

MUSEUM SHOP with many moderately priced items is available at the museum. Students are requested to enter the shop in small groups and should be chaperoned.


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