University History Project tour offerings share West Georgia’s stories through place-based storytelling and thematic storytelling.
The Center for Public History researches university history in UWG Special Collections, conducts oral histories, and collects photographs and other memorabilia. Students working in the Center for Public History, guided by History faculty, utilize techniques and tools from public history and museum studies courses to develop interpretive and educational programming, like our tours.
Currently, we offer two tours: One Space, Many Stories; and From Civil War to Civil Rights: West Georgia’s Journey to Equality. Each tour description (listed below) has clickable buttons to schedule a guided tour and to take a self-guided or virtual tour when available. We continue to develop our tour offerings. Contact us with additional questions at email@example.com or by completing the Schedule a Tour form.
“One Space, Many Stories”
The “One Space, Many Stories” tour relates the history of this region before the university and the early years of the University of West Georgia (Precontact Period through the mid-1950s). It aims to discuss the idea of community and how the University of West Georgia and other entities in this region have both supported and failed various communities. The tour will discuss the histories of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, the Bonner family, the enslaved workers on the Bonner plantation, the A&M School, West Georgia College’s students, faculty, and the wider Carroll County community. Visitors will be encouraged to reflect on the role of a regional college in its community and the many stories of one space. Click the button below to schedule a guided walking tour or to take a self-guided tour while visiting campus.
“From Civil War to Civil Rights: West Georgia’s Journey to Equality”
How have African Americans impacted the place we now know as the University of West Georgia and the university itself? From the plantation era through the postbellum period, from an A&M school to junior and senior colleges, and then to university, African Americans have always been a part of the tide of change here, on campus, and in the community. Regardless of the systemic racism they faced, African Americans remain part of West Georgia’s story. This tour explores persistence, resilience, struggle, survival, adaptability, community, and found family. Click the button below to schedule a guided walking tour.