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Tear Down This Wall: Georgia in Cold War America

About the Georgia History Festival Focus of Study

Each year, GHS selects a person or topic that made a great impact on Georgia's history as the focus of our educational programs and resources. The 2020-2021 focus of study will be Tear Down This Wall: Georgia in Cold War America.

From virtual and in-person programs and events for the public, to new classroom resources and training opportunities for teachers, GHS will examine some of the most significant events, people, and movements of the second half of the twentieth century as we mark the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Cold War. With the rise of mass media and television, the late 20th century was characterized by ideological competitions that were carried out locally, nationally, and internationally, including the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, and the Space Race.


From guest posts providing insight into the Festival theme to the already popular Marker Monday series, community members will be invited to join the conversation and share GHS posts with their online networks. The blog will also serve as the hub for news about GHF events and messages from friends and supporters. Written for a general audience, these blog posts would make great informational texts to promote literacy across the curriculum.


Georgia History Festival Blog

Profesional Development

Teacher Webinar: Historical Inquiry with GHS

October 29, 2020, 3:00 p.m., Online

Want to learn more about historical inquiry and how to implement it into your classroom? Join GHS Education Coordinator Lisa Landers in a one-hour, interactive webinar where she will illustrate inquiry-based strategies from the new “‘And That’s the Way It Is’: Television and the Cold War” Inquiry Kit.

This professional development webinar will take a deep dive into how to utilize the “‘And That’s the Way It Is’: Television and the Cold War” Inquiry Kit in your classroom. Learn about the Inquiry Design Model, including inquiry-based strategies and activities designed to help students explore uniquely curated primary source sets from late-20th-century Georgia and United States history.

Teacher Webinar: Historical Investigations: Georgia Leaders

Fall 2020, Online Dates TBD

GHS Education staff will host a one-hour webinar featuring historical investigations into late 20th century leaders from Georgia such as Jimmy Carter and Martin Luther King Jr. Historical investigation resources are based on a new strategy from the Teaching with Primary Sources via the Library of Congress and the Right Question Institute. Historical investigations are versatile for in-person or remote instruction and can be implemented at a variety of grade levels.

Classroom Conversations: The Rise of Media in the Late 20th Century: A Q&A with Dr. Stan Deaton

Fall 2020, Online Dates TBD

GHS Education staff will host a conversation with Dr. Stan Deaton about the rise of media in the late 20th Century. Students and teachers can submit questions for Dr. Deaton prior to the program. Education Coordinator, Lisa Landers will facilitate the conversation and pose student questions exploring the impact of new media in the late 20th Century. The program is a companion piece to the Cold War inquiry kit and historical investigations into late 20th century leaders.

Teacher Webinar: Georgia Day Parade Banner Competition: Theme, Resources, and Teaching Strategies

January 2021, Online Date TBD

GHS Education staff will host a one-hour webinar providing instruction for teachers who want to participate in the annual Georgia Day Parade Banner Competition. Teachers can ask questions, register for the competition, and learn how to use GHS resources created to support teaching the banner competition theme, “Georgia on the World Stage: Leadership in the Late 20th century.”

Local History Webinar Series

November, December, and January, Dates TBD
Online via Zoom

GHS is pleased to introduce a new series of webinars for its Affiliate Chapters. Focusing on issues facing local history organizations across Georgia during the current period of economic and social upheaval, this series of virtual sessions will include resources, strategies, and a forum for discussion among GHS Affiliate members.

Georgia C3 Inquiries

An archive of GHS C3 inquiries can be found on the GHS website.

Learn more about C3 Inquiries on the C3 Teachers website.

Primary Source Sets for Georgia History

Primary source sets created by GHS are designed to help promote historical inquiry in the classroom by providing access to primary sources aligned to the Eighth Grade Georgia Standards of Excellence for Social Studies. Teacher guides for each set include important historical background and context for each primary source along with suggested secondary sources and links to additional online materials related to the topic. Visit the Opening America's Archives website! 

Lisa LandersLisa Landers

Education Coordinator

Hello. Are you a parent or teacher with questions about participation in the Georgia History Festival? Please contact me at or 912.651.2125, ext. 152.
I look forward to assisting you.