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A Note to Educators 2020-2021 Offerings

Like you, the History Center is adapting and re-imagining the services we offer to the community and striving to do it in safe, engaging, and useful ways. We are designing new, virtual offerings that we hope will supplement your curriculum and help to engage your students in new ways. We’re making progress on creating content for each of these categories in each historical era. Please visit our 2020-2021 Education page to learn more. 

At this time, we are unable to lend our travel trunks or offer most of our in-person experiences. Please contact us to discuss how we can best help you navigate your curriculum needs.  

ENGAGE Museum Outreach

We invite you to consider an outreach program where we bring the Museum to you! Our outreach programs encourage students to engage with primary sources, artifacts, and interactive activities with the added bonus of our Educator’s facilitation.

About Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

  • Each outreach program is designed to accommodate one class of twenty-five students within one classroom for roughly an hour. The Educator is available to conduct multiple programs per day to accommodate team instruction.
  • Some programs may require additional space considerations or exterior access- for example, our Civil War lesson requires space for a replica tent.
  • All programs align themes across the social studies and literacy standards for reading in history/social studies.
  • All programs meet current Georgia Standards of Excellence and follow a basic format that may include: Educator-led activities, discussions, games, and primary-source based exploration of a historical era
  • Grades 2-12
  • Programs offered free of charge to those located in Thomas county and a mileage fee may apply to those in Grady, Brooks, Colquitt, Mitchell, Jefferson (FL), & Leon (FL) counties. 

The programs listed below reflect existing programs but if you are interested in creating a new theme or topic, please let us know!

Native Americans in South Georgia

Who were the first inhabitants of South Georgia? Thomas County was created December 24, 1825, but its historical significance goes much farther back in time. In fact, much of South Georgia is made of what land once inhabited by Creek Indians, who had occupied this area for hundreds of years before colonization, following the Treaty of FortJackson in 1814. Explore the culture, customs, and technology of our community’s first residents.

European Exploration

Meet Hernando De Soto and other explorers as they chart new courses and navigate new routes around the world. Students will  apply their knowledge of maps, map-making, and early exploration in a hands-on activity where they become cartographers. 

The Civil War

Thomas County was never the site of a Civil War battle, but the conflict left deep impacts on our community. Put yourself in the place of a Civil War soldier as you explore all sides of the conflict and discover the political, economic, cultural and regional roots of the crisis.


How did the United States move from an isolationist platform of neutrality to fighting on the Western Front in the “war to end all wars”? Trace the changes in American foreign policy through the sinking of the Lusitania, to the Zimmerman Note, and to the declaration of War as you meet Thomasvillians with a front row seat to history.


Meet Thomasville’s World War II heroes of the Greatest Generation whose presence and involvement spanned from “the day that will live in infamy” to the peace celebrations at home and abroad.

Primary Source Skills Workshop

This introductory workshop engages students in the careful analysis of several different types of primary sources and encourages them to create their own story of Thomasville’s Victorian past. 

Students will “meet” the residents of the Lapham-Patterson House and learn about their lives and experiences using census records, newspaper articles, and more. 

Contact Us

For more information or to schedule your next program please complete the form below or e-mail Please include the total number of students in your inquiry.