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Northeast Georgia History Center brings past to area families
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Visitors got to hear first-hard accounts from historical figures like African American educator Beulah Rucker of Gainesville during Family Day: The 1940s-War and Peace at the Northeast Georgia History Center at Brenau University in Gainesville, Ga - photo by ELISE PERKINS

The Northeast Georgia History Center at Brenau University invited the community to attend Sunday’s family day event, which focused on the 1940s. The event was held from 1-4 p.m. and provided visitors with hands-on activities, historical performers and several demonstrations that called for volunteers.

Titled “The 1940s-War and Peace,” the day was filled with opportunities to learn about the everyday life of people living during that time period. In addition to the history center staff, Ken Johnston, curator of education at the NEGAHC, was among other history buffs who were contacted to share their skills for the day.

Historical interpreter and blacksmith Wind Chapman demonstrated what went into working with fire and an anvil and answered questions for the crowd. In Cherokee Chief White Path’s Cabin, one corner was set up to feature rural life in the 1940s. David Finch, who is studying history at the University of North Georgia, went over the struggles people faced at the time.

Visitors of all ages had the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities that reflected the people of the time, from learning more about planting with the Victory Garden, to writing V-mail or preforming a radio show with scripts and sound effects from the ’40s.

In the museum theatre in the Land of Promise Gallery, Johnston read poetry from the North Georgia poet Byron Herbert Reece. A performance piece by Chiara Richardson as Beulah Rucker, a noted Gainesville educator, brought history to life.

Usually closed on Sunday, the NEGAHC offers free family day events that can be enjoyed by children, families and people of all ages. Activities, demonstrations and performances are given to offer an insight into the different periods of time that are not limited to the pages of a book.

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