The Peace Corps and Paul D. Coverdell

Xander Ouellette is a student in Holly’s GC1Y, The History of Georgia College, this semester. This is his Historical Object Analysis submission.

On March 1, 1961, DF-ST-82-07348President John F. Kennedy officially signed Executive Order 10294, starting the Peace Corps officially. He appointed his brother-in-law, Sargent Shriver, as the first director of the program. While debating then-Vice President Richard Nixon about the program, he noticed a large amount of college students interested in the topic at hand. To challenge them, He asked, “How many of you would be willing to serve your country and the cause of freedom by living and working in the developing world for years at a time?” Kennedy believed this program would alter American stereotypes, like “Ugly Americans,” implying how ignorant Americans look when in other countries.

With War World 2 coming to an end, the outcome left newly developed third world countries in despair. The United States believed it was their responsibility to help these countries emerge as prominent countries. This gave Peace Corps the opportunity to serve as a powerful symbol of American values. Not only did the Peace Corps help benefit other countries, it also provided Americans an understanding of other cultures. The Peace Corps demonstrated the desire of Americans to work at the bottom in order to see other countries prosper. Not only did this familiarized Americans with other cultures, it also helped redefine the way Americans view themselves, their governments, and their own culture. Continue reading “The Peace Corps and Paul D. Coverdell”

Not So Long Ago, In A Galaxy of Our Own…

Nick Hickman is a student in Holly’s GC1Y, The History of Georgia College, this semester. This is his Historical Object Analysis submission.

Something that always makes me think of the cold war is the song “Russians” by Sting. It told how if the Russians did indeed love their children too, they would not start a war and it would be the mutual deterrent for both countries. During the Cold War, America was in a constant state of panic. The U.S. and many other countries were trying to develop technologies and contingency plans if there was a nuclear war that broke out. This historical object piece is a video of an interview of Dr. Daniel S. Papp by Georgia College’s very own Dr. Larry Elowitz. The video was made in the 1980s during the height of the cold war. It was a part of Georgia College’s Vinson Defense Series, produced for Georgia Public Broadcasting. Dr. Papp was a professor of international affairs at Georgia Tech and Dr. Elowitz was a professor here at Georgia College for political science. The interview details President Ronald Reagan’s Administration policy of the Strategic Defense Initiative. The idea is that there was technology attainable to stop nuclear attacks from happening during the Cold War.

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Baseball at Georgia College – The 1970s vs. Today

Jake Newton is a student in Holly’s GC1Y, The History of Georgia College, this semester. This is his Historical Object Analysis submission.

Baseball has always been one of America’s favorite past times. Since the early 1970s, it has also been one of the many sports at Georgia College that has provided entertainment and historical value to this campus.


Georgia College is represented by the colors green and blue today. However, this has not always been the case. In the beginning of the baseball program’s history, Georgia College was well known for their colors being brown and gold. The baseball team had brown and gold uniforms with word “Colonials” on the jersey. This color combination was temporarily changed to become blue and white in the mid 1970s, but returned to brown and gold in the 1980s. The colors changed one last time in 1997 to the colors we use today, blue and green. Not only were our colors different in the 1970s through mid-1990s, even the school’s mascot and name were different. Before the Bobcats, we were known as the Colonials. The mascot, colors, and name all changed when we became Georgia College and State University, the state’s designated public liberal arts university.

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The Long-Lost Controversy of “Book-Farming”

Alex Meredith is a student in Holly’s GC1Y, The History of Georgia College, this semester. This is his Historical Object Analysis submission.

James C. Bonner was a well renowned historian once considered to be a veritable expert on both Georgia history and southern agriculture. He possessed a multitude of awards for his research and writing. He even wrote the section on Georgia in the Encyclopedia Britannica!

In Special Collections, Bonner has a plethora of documents, ranging from personal correspondents to copies of published work. The entire collection adds up to be more than 20 cubic feet in volume! The part of his section I found myself interested in was his collection of old notes. Hundreds of unbound pages collected into folders, all over a wide variety of topics, and I mean wide. He studied everything from chemistry to wild plants. If the topic was in any way relevant, he had at least a page or two dedicated to it.

This collection of notes has a table of contents of sorts, giving the topic and the pages which mention it. It was while I was scanning this list that a particular topic caught my eye, “Book-Farming”. It was a term I had never heard before, and any internet searches turned up fruitless. The only way to find my answer was to read the notes themselves.

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Our Campus in 1931 through the Eyes of Sarah Skinner

Morgan Colquitt is a student in Holly’s GC1Y, The History of Georgia College, this semester. This is her Historical Object Analysis submission, which seemed particularly relevant in light of it being International Women’s Day.

Throughout history, memory books have been a way to preserve the events, feelings, and pictures during a certain time. Our minds can only remember so much, while the words and pictures last forever. While looking through Special Collections, I discovered a memory book that was created by Sarah Clifford Skinner. The memory book captured Sarah’s most fond memories at Georgia State College for Women (GSCW) in 1931.

What intrigued me the most about her Memory Book were the notes that her classmates wrote to her. The other girls attending the school would write their favorite memories of Sarah, and what they hoped for her to accomplish in life. There was a letter written by New Shepard to Sarah, a.k.a.“Skipper”, explaining how much their friendship meant to her and what she has learned from it. In the letter New Shepard says, “Because of it I am better, and you are stronger and more wise.” Sarah only attended the college for two years, but she had made lasting friendships with those around her. This letter illustrates the impact that Sarah had on her classmates, her friendships were genuine and unbreakable.

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The Skill and Energy of The Woodchopper’s Ball

Bryan Irlbeck is a student in Holly’s GC1Y, The History of Georgia College, this semester. This is his Historical Object Analysis submission. You can catch the Jazz Band in concert tomorrow night and Friday night in Russell Auditorium.

Ever since I enrolled at Georgia College, I was interested in how well the Music Department paid tribute to the genre of jazz, a quite good but dying type of music. I was happy to see during a concert that they had put together quite a solid jazz band. This led me to thinking about how their past jazz groups sounded up on stage though, so I looked into it at the library. The Special Collections Department was very helpful in locating the exact material I was looking for, and within about 2 minutes I was handed an album recorded by their jazz band from 2009. The album looked authentic and was just what I was looking for.


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The Late ’60s in Pictures: A Turning Point for Georgia College

Samantha Sawyer is a student in Holly’s GC1Y, The History of Georgia College, this semester. This is her Historical Object Analysis submission.

The ’60s were a time for self exploration, rebellion, and equal rights. Times were changing, especially at Georgia College. Boys were being added to the equation! What a crazy thought, considering Georgia College had been an all girls school for almost 80 years, and finally, the opposite sex was about to invade the premises. We see in the archives collected from the decade that students and locals in Milledgeville were embracing the changing times.

I collected information from the 1968 Georgia College yearbook, The Spectrum, owned by a young student named Connie Poole. It was so interesting to see the students and the graphics they put into their yearbook. On the very first few pages they touched on The Vietnam War, student rebellion, God, and even space exploration. In an article concerning the social revolution in the ’60s it states, “parents had jobs that paid well… They taught their children what were called middle class values… many young Americans began to question these beliefs. They felt that their parents’ values were not enough to help them deal with the social and racial difficulties of the nineteen sixties. They rebelled by letting their hair grow long and by wearing unusual clothing.” It was a time in this century for younger voices to be heard and for their opinions to be valued. They were so hip and invested in things that mattered, which I don’t see much of nowadays, but maybe it’s just harder to distinguish events occurring in your own time period. This is important to Georgia College’s Special Collection to really get an understanding of how passionate the students really were during the late ’60s.

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