DeKalb History Center Offers Special School Programs For 2015

The DeKalb History Center, located in the Historic Courthouse in downtown Decatur, is offering special school programs this fall, some of which are new programs for specific grade levels.


On Sept. 22 the DHC will host the Civil War Experience for the third time. It is a special program developed around fifth- and eighth-grade curricula. The highlight of this program is a play that the Center commissioned local playwright and actor, Cathy Kaemmerlen, to write for the purpose of teaching students about the war in DeKalb County and the Atlanta area. In addition to the one-hour play students take a Civil War walking tour of the downtown Decatur area.


A new program for second-graders will take place Oct. 6 at the History Center’s Historic Complex at 720 West Trinity Place in Decatur. Second-Grade History Day allows students to spend nearly two hours with living historians in period clothing who present the lives of James Oglethorpe, Mary Musgrove, Chief Tomochichi, and Sequoyah.


Later that month, Oct. 20-22, students experience the DHC’s largest school program, the History Adventure. At this program students visit eight different living history stations at the DHC’s Historic Complex. The program util-izes the Benjamin Swanton House, the Mary Gay House, and two pioneer log cabins. It focuses on eighth-grade Georgia History Curriculum Oct. 20-21 and then switches its focus to fourth-grade early U.S. History Oct. 22. The stations range from Harriett Tubman and the Underground Railroad to Mary Gay, early Creek Indians, old-timey mountain music, African storytelling, Sequoyah, Revolutionary War, early life in Decatur, and more.


The last school program this fall is the Third-Grade History Day. This is a two-part program with the first part being held Nov. 4 at the Historic Courthouse. Third-graders, who learn about the foundations of democracy and freedom as part of their curriculum, hear from individuals who made great sacrifices to further the cause of de-mocracy and freedom in this country.
Part 2 of Third-Grade History Day will be March 23, 2016.


For more information on these special programs, school tours, and outreach programs visit, call 404-373-1088, extension 20, or email