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Tuesday - Saturday
10:00am - 4:00pm
Northeast Georgia History Center Family Day
Family Day Calendar 2016 Always Free Admission!
January 10, 2016 Family Day – Explorers!
Start the New Year off with 12,000 years of Time Travel at the Northeast Georgia History Center!
In our first Family Day of 2016 we look at the exploration of Georgia focusing on Paleo & Mississippian Culture Native Americans, 16th century Europeans such as the De Soto expedition, and the 18th century Natural Philosopher William Bartram’s travels among the Cherokee and Creek peoples.
Join us for hands-on activities, living history interpretation, and demonstrations of 16th century Arms and Armor!
February 14, 2016 Family Day – Revolution! Georgia and the War for Independence
Independence came in fits and starts for Georgia in the years between 1775 and 1783 – with nothing illustrating this better than the Patriot victory in the Battle of Kettle Creek on Feb 14 1779 followed just two weeks later by British victory in the Battle of Brier Creek on March 3, 1779. With the fortunes of war constantly changing, and the sympathies of the people divided, the Revolutionary experience in Georgia and the Southern Back-country was far different than the traditional American narrative.
Join us as we explore the reality of life during war-time for Georgians and the South in general with Museum Theatre performances, hands-on activities, living history interpretation, and demonstrations of 18th century military arms.
March 13, 2016 Family Day – Food ways: Plow to Plate
“Ya’ Gotta Eat!” as the old saying goes, and Spring planting is the way to ensure that you do. We’ll be cooking in the cabin, planting in the garden, and sharing traditional recipes for you to try at home as we celebrate the planting season with hands-on activities, living history interpretation, and demonstrations.
Come out and have a taste of History!
April 10, 2016 Family Day – Georgia’s Civil War
Across five Aprils the people of Georgia experienced or were affected by what has been called “the first modern war” – the American Civil War. For this event the History Center will focus on telling the forgotten or little-known stories of Georgia’s Civil War, especially in North Georgia, with Museum Theatre performances, hands-on activities, living history interpretation, and demonstrations 1860s weapons.
September 11, 2016 Family Day – The Treaty of New Echota: Prelude to the Trail of Tears
The Treaty of New Echota, ratified by the US Senate in 1836, sealed the fate of the Cherokee in Georgia – enabling the process that began with the Removal Act and that ended with the infamous Trail. Though recognized by the United States the Treaty was negotiated and signed by a minority faction of Cherokee leadership – leading to internal conflict among the Cherokee themselves which only made the Trail of Tears more bitter.
Come experience both Cherokee and Georgia “Pioneer” culture and daily life in coexistence and conflict, with Museum Theatre performances, hands-on activities, living history interpretation, and demonstrations.
October 9, 2016 Family Day – Medieval Times: The Dark Ages come to Light
In this program we’ll explore the Middle Ages with a Digital Exhibit of the Bayeux Tapestry, Hands-on Activities, Living History Interpretation of Medieval Cooking and Medicine, and Demonstrations of 11th to 16th century Arms and Armor. From the Battle of Hastings in 1066 AD to the De Soto Expedition through Georgia in 1540 AD, it's 500 years of adventure - don’t miss this one of a kind event!
November 13, 2016 Family Day – World War II: Home Front and War Front
In conjunction with the week of Veteran’s day the History Center takes a look at the defining event of the 20th century, World War II. We’ll explore how the war was experienced by those in the military, by the workers in factories supplying them, and the civilians – men, women, and children of all races and creeds – who lived through the tumultuous times of a world at war.
With a special focus on the Home Front in Georgia, this event will include Oral Histories by Veterans, Museum Theatre performances, displays, hands-on activities, living history interpretation, and demonstrations the common soldier’s weapons and equipment.
December 11, 2016 Family Day – Victorian Christmas
Come and visit the 19th century with the Northeast Georgia History Center as we celebrate the Holidays and explore the traditions of Victorian Era Christmas-tide!
Have your Holiday photo made with Santa Claus by the fire, efresh yourself with Hot Cider, Hot Chocolate, and Cookies, and hear performances of 'Twas the night before Christmas as well as Christmas Songs and Carols.
You can also make Victorian Era inspired Ornaments and Decoration to take home or put on our Christmas Tree as we explore holiday traditions with performances, hands-on activities, living history interpretation, and demonstrations.