Homeschool Day: American Life in the Great Depression – NEGA History Center

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Homeschool Day: American Life in the Great Depression – NEGA History Center

April 26, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Great Depression was a time of uncertainty, hardship, and desperation for many Americans. Yet, even in these challenging circumstances, Americans learned to “make it do, or do without.” During the Northeast Georgia History Center’s Homeschool Day on Wednesday, April 26th, we’ll explore the lived experiences of everyday Americans during the Great Depression through living history programs and activity stations.

Registration is required. Walk-in admission can be accepted as long as we do not reach maximum capacity.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Scheduled Programs

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) at 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM
Living History Interpreter Steven Bartlett will present a program about the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) which employed young men during the Great Depression for forestry work, parks development, erosion-control dams, thousands of miles of telephone lines, and much more.

President Roosevelt’s Fireside Chats at 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM
Enter a 1930s home and sit by the radio to listen to President Roosevelt’s first “fireside chat” on April 3rd, 1929. Libba Beaucham will guide visitors in understanding the fears of the public and how radio was utilized by the President to calm the public.

Ongoing Activity Stations 10 AM – 1 PM

The Boarding House: Enter the History Center’s White Path Cabin and you will be transported to a 1930s Boarding House by becoming a historical character yourself. Meet your hostess and learn how she is “making do, or doing without.” You’ll learn about Depression-era recipes, methods of thrift, and various perspectives through hands-on activities. What brings you to the Boarding House?

Newspaper Kite Craft: Children of the Great Depression also had to get creative when new toys were too costly. Create your own newspaper kite and learn about the WPA programs for children during the Great Depression.

1936 Tornado Exhibit: On April 6th, 1936, a category 5 tornado devastated the city of Gainesville during an already challenging era of history. Learn about the impact of the tornado and the inspiring story of how Gainesville was rebuilt and its connections to the New Deal.

Hobo Code Scavenger Hunt: Traveling migrants known as “Hoboes” had a special code to communicate where safe houses and other resources were located. See if you can find the codes throughout our exhibits, and receive a prize when you find them all!

Raffle Prize: Family Membership
We are raffling a one-year Family Membership to the Northeast Georgia History Center during Homeschool Day! Raffle tickets may be purchased below or at the front desk during Homeschool Day. Tickets are sold in bundles of 5 tickets for $5.

Family Memberships include: Unlimited admission for two adults and children or grandchildren to the museum and special events plus a Digital Membership.

Brought to you by the Ada Mae Ivester Education Center


April 26, 2023
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Gainesville, GA 30501 United States
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