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.

  • 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!

The First People: American Indians 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.

Hernando De Soto & His Expedition

Meet Hernando De Soto and join him on his expedition throughout the southeast. Learn about the tribes he encountered, his route, and the lasting impact of the expedition. 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 amelia@thomascountyhistory.org. Please include the total number of students in your inquiry.