Springtime Brings New Programs from DeKalb History Center

The DeKalb History Center has announced its schedule of upcoming spring programs for schools, children and the public.


“Life in the 1850s,” “The Civil War” and “Pioneers and Natives” make up the core of the center’s new pro-grams for schools. Steve Daniel, a volunteer who participates in many of the school tours, said, “I am continually impressed with how well behaved the children are and how attentive they are to the presentations. They always ask interesting questions, and they are eager to participate in the interactive portions of the tour.” In addition to these programs, there are several special school programs.


On March 27, Third Grade History Day will feature Paul Revere, Susan B. Anthony, Lyndon Johnson and Cesar Chavez.
Outreach to schools is another new offering this spring. The play about the Civil War in DeKalb County, “Shadows of the Past,” can be performed at schools or as part of a tour at the History Center.


Other outreach programs include a focus on Harriett Tubman and Creek Indians of Georgia.


Two camps for children are being offered as well. The Improv Workshop: Comedy and History with actress Sara Gaare will be held during Decatur City Schools’ winter break, Feb. 16-20 and again July 6-10. This camp teaches children about the fun and art of improvisation. They will play games, recreate some of their favorite characters, and learn the basics of stagecraft.
During spring break, April 6-10, children can learn about life in the mid-19th century at Frontier House 1850 camp. Campers will play, work and have fun at the Swanton House and pioneer log cabins while simulating the lives of early settlers in DeKalb County.


Civil War Walking Tours continue in March after a pause during the month of February. Regular tours of the Swanton House and pioneer log cabins have also been added. The Civil War tour dates, mainly Fridays and Sat-urdays March 6-June 13, can be found at www.dekalbhistory.org, along with select Saturdays when the Swanton House will be open for tours. All tours are $10 for adults and $6 for children (no charge for 6 and under).


Go to www.dekalbhistory.org for details or call 404-373-1088, ext. 20.


-Dean Hesse

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