Adventures in Heritage Education

Local educators gathered once again for Thomasville Landmarks' annual Heritage Education Summer Workshop.  Sponsored by the Thomasville Antiques Show Foundation and The Georgia Trust, this unique week of field trips, presentations and hands-on activities, strives to encourage our area teachers to incorporate local historic, natural and cultural resources in their classroom, and in turn inspire their students to appreciate and preserve their local community's unique heritage and offerings.

Most of the participants had never been to the local sites we visited, and were amazed to find such rich experiences in their own backyard. How many have you been to?

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Ephraim Rotter, Curator of the Thomas County Museum of History takes us on a tour of the historic structures on the Museum's grounds.

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Finding quail during a wagon tour of Tall Timbers Research StationTall Timbers is a widely regarded information resource for the areas of fire ecology and its effects on game bird management.

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A teacher from Thomas County Middle School takes a shot with one of Henry Beadel's homemade camera "guns".  In 1958, Mr. Beadel gifted the land and resources which now make up Tall Timbers. 

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Professor of Archaeology, Misty Penton, takes our educators on a not so typical tour of The Old Cemetery where we learned to identifty grave sites, cemetery symbology and local lore.

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Kathleen Brady and Betty Ashler of Birdsong Nature Center take us on (another!) wagon tour of the 500 acre property.

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While at Birdsong, we were able to view nesting storks, egrets feeding their young, and starlings taking their first flight out of the nest.

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Jack Hadley gave us a guided tour of the Black History Museum featuring artifacts, memorabilia and exhibits on prominent local African-Americans.

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"Driving" a Model T at the Thomas County Museum of History.

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Stepping down into the "wine" cellar at the Lapham-Patterson House.

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The Gentlemen's Parlor in the Lapham-Patterson HouseDuring the Spring and Fall Equinoxes a wood cutout of a cow's head (Mrs. O'Leary's?) is projected by sunlight onto the floor through the stained glass window. 



















































Other activities, not pictured, included:  document, map and photograph analysis; an architectural tour of Dawson Street; presentations about Landmarks, Main Street, the Architecture of Thomasville & Thomas County, and the History of Thomas County; and Lesson Plan Professional Project Development.  

All area educators are encouraged to take advantage of Landmarks' Heritage Education opportunities during the school year which include presentations, tours, scavenger hunts and Box City.  For more information, click here.

Thank you to all of our participants, partner organizations, donors and sponsors:  Piney Woods Properties, Dr. and Mrs. Gerald Kadis, Main Street, Arline Hampton, Thomasville Visitors Center, Ponder's Office Products and Printing, Thomas County Schools, Dr. Dusty Kornegay, Robert Young, George King, Thomas County Museum of History, Ann Harrison, Ephraim Rotter, Birdsong Nature Center, Kathleen Brady, Betty Ashler, Professor Misty Penton, Lapham-Patterson House Historic Site, Tall Timbers Research Center, Kevin McGorty, Neil Fleckenstein, Shane Wellendorf, Jack Hadley Black History Museum, Jack Hadley, Thomasville Antiques Show Foundation, The Georgia Trust.

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