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Intertwining Gold, Religion and Education - March 22 and 23, 2013 - Reinhardt University, Waleska, Ga.
This event was supported
by the

Georgia Humanities Council

and the National Endowment for the Humanities and through appropriations from the Georgia Assembly, and the

RU History Program
History Program

Reinhardt University History Program Hosted the 2nd Annual Regional History Symposium:

Intertwining Gold, Religion and Education in Northern Georgia

Topics Explored:

  • In their own words, the ambitions & dilemmas of 19th-century Georgians living in the gold fields
  • The interplay of gold mining, kinship, & religious networks as ingredients in the creation of the North Georgia educational landscape
  • The intriguing mixture of motivations & methods in the growth of schools in North Georgia

The attendees heard little-known and never-heard-before stories

These topics were addressed at Reinhardt’s 2nd annual regional history symposium on March 22 & 23, 2013, on Reinhardt’s campus in Waleska, Ga.  This event was free, and the public was encouraged to attend.

Symposium Schedule, click the link to watch the video.

All activities are in the Bannister Glasshouse in the Hasty Student Life Center, unless otherwise noted.

Friday, March 22

Saturday, March 23

Biographies of Program Leaders

Dr. Ken Wheeler

Kenneth H. Wheeler, Ph.D. - Professor of History
Reinhardt University

Dr. Wheeler is the author of "Cultivating Regionalism," a book on regional identity & the history of education. Recently he presented papers & published an article on the development of northern Georgia. He has also delivered scholarly papers on the antebellum iron industry in the Etowah Valley to the American Historical Association, the Georgia Association of Historians & the Southern Industrialization Project.

Dr. Jennifer Lund Smith will present  “Emancipation & Education in ‘Them Thar Hills’: Schools & North Georgia After the Civil War” on March 23, 2013, at Reinhardt University.

Jennifer Lund Smith, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of History
North Georgia College & State University

Dr. Smith has just completed a term as president of the Georgia Association of Historians.  She earned her doctoral degree from The University of Georgia, where she researched the creation of educational institutions for blacks & whites in late 19th century Georgia. Her publications include chapters in two books: “Georgia in Black & White” & “Appalachians & Race.

Georgia Humanities Council
The Georgia Humanities Council is a nonprofit organization working to ensure that humanities and culture remain an integral part of the lives of Georgians. For more >

One of major projects of the GHC is the The New Georgia Encyclopedia, which was developed by the Georgia Humanities Council, in partnership with the University of Georgia Press, the University System of Georgia/GALILEO, and the Office of the Governor of Georgia. Since 1998 the Council has led the planning and development efforts for the NGE.