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First Lady Sandra Deal to Welcome Hundreds of Atlanta Area School Children to Celebrate 2014 Georgia History Festival Kickoff at the Capitol


First Lady Sandra Deal to Welcome Hundreds of Atlanta Area School Children to Celebrate 2014 Georgia History Festival Kickoff at the Capitol


ATLANTA, Ga., January 27, 2014– The Georgia Historical Society announced today that Georgia’s First Lady Sandra Deal will be on hand to welcome school children, many in colonial costume, to the Georgia State Capitol, Friday, January 31st when the Georgia History Festival hosts the 2014 Kickoff at the Capitol.

The ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the South Wing of the Capitol and will mark the beginning of the two-week-long 2014 Georgia History Festival recognizing the 281st anniversary of the founding of the Georgia Colony.  The First Lady will be joined by Georgia History Festival Co-chairs Vince Dooley and Ellen Bolch, as well as Georgia state lawmakers and other dignitaries as nearly 500 children from Cobb and DeKalb County schools, homeschooled children, and area Girl Scouts are treated to a presentation by a costumed interpreter portraying Georgia’s Founding Father, General James Edward Oglethorpe.


“We are delighted to have Mrs. Deal join us for what will be an exciting kickoff to the 2014 Georgia History Festival,” said Dr. W. Todd Groce, President and C.E.O. of the Georgia Historical Society.  “Her commitment to education is well known and her desire to mold new beginnings for future generations makes her the ideal host of this event.”


The Georgia History Festival is the signature K-12 educational program of the Georgia Historical Society. Held annually around the anniversary of the founding of the colony of Georgia on February 12, 1733, this commemoration brings history to life for students of all ages through a variety of programs including a series of school events and curriculum, crafts workshops, the two-day Colonial Faire and Muster living-history program held at Wormsloe State Historic Site, and the colorful Georgia Day Parade. By engaging students in interactive learning experiences, Georgia History Festival sparks the imagination, develops critical thinking processes, and opens the exciting world of the past to exploration, study, and understanding.


For more information on the Kickoff at the Capitol or to schedule an interview with Dr. W. Todd Groce, or the Georgia History Festival Co-chairs contact Patricia Meagher at 912.651.2125, ext. 153 or by email at


Kickoff at the Capitol

Friday, January 31st, 2014

11:30 a.m.

Georgia State Capitol South Atrium


2014 History Festival Sponsors

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