2014 Georgia National History Day Scholars Institute

Leadership and Legacy in History: Franklin Delano Roosevelt

An institute for High School Students grades 9 -12
June 24-28, 2014


Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
courtesy: Roosevelt Presidential Library
National History Day is a unique program that challenges you to engage directly as an historian.  As such, you develop research questions, conduct research, analyze data, articulate and defend an argument which is then presented in a variety of categories.  It's a dynamic and exciting experience.  The 2015 theme is 'Leadership and Legacy in History' which is perfect for those NHD students who are interested in the presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Franklin Roosevelt had a long relationship with the state of Georgia that predates his presidency.  He was drawn to west Georgia as part of his therapy and management program for polio.  He hoped the warm spring waters in 'Warm Springs' would facilitate healing.  While that did not occur, the water was certainly therapeutic. FDR built the 'Little White House' early in his presidency, visited frequently while President, and it was there, in 1945, that he died. 

The nation's only four-term president was a case study in leadership; personal, professional, political and national. Moreover, his legacy is undeniable.  It can be seen from the Appalachian foothills of Georgia to Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC and from the District of Columbia to all points on the globe.

This year's institute will give rising 10th-12th grade NHD students an opportunity to focus on the life, career and legacy of FDR through an intensive residential research experience that will launch their 2015 NHD projects.

During the institute you will:
  • Learn about the life and presidency of FDR
  • Examine the role Georgia played in shaping FDR's career
  • Consider the legacy of the nation's only four term President
  • Select a topic for your 2015 NHD project
  • Conduct preliminary research
  • Develop a plan to continue your work through the fall
  • Visit a number of archives and historic sites that offer materials important to a study of FDR including:
        The Troup County Archive/Legacy Museum   
        The Little White House
        Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute
        The Georgia State Archives
        The National Archives and Record Administration - Atlanta
  • Participate in a webinar with the staff of the FDR Presidential Library in New York
When the institute ends you will go home with a topic, a plan and a foundation for success!

The Institute's Home

The Frank and Laura Lewis Library The Institute will be headquartered in the Frank and Laura Lewis Library of LaGrange College, located in the heart of campus.  This state-of-the-art facility boasts one of the finest collections (for a school its size) in the state with an extensive and growing online and electronic resource collection.  Lewis Library's staff is famous for its commitment to helping students. While at the institute you will have full access to the collection, databases and resources of the library.

Institute Faculty

​In addition to Lewis's librarians and professional staff, the institute will be lead by Dr. Kevin Shirley, Professor of History and Coordinator of the NHD Mentoring Program at LaGrange College. Joining Dr. Shirley will be the LaGrange College History Faculty and a dedicated group of archivists, public historians and scholars.  Currently scheduled (either on campus or at their respective institutions) are:

Jamil Zainaldin, President of the Georgia Humanities Council
Kaye Minchew, Director of the Troup County Historical Society and West Georgia Region Coordinator, NHD in Georgia
Dr. Joe Cafaro, Professor and Chair, Department of History and Social Sciences, LaGrange College
Dr. Lisa Crutchfield, Associate Professor, Department of History and Social Sciences, LaGrange College
Joel Walker, The National Archives and Record Administration, Atlanta
Jeffrey Urbin, The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library, Hyde Park, New York

Collegiate Life

During the institute you'll get the opportunity to experience the life of a college student.  You'll work hard but also have fun!  We'll have movie nights, pool parties and cook outs!  You'll be staying in Turner Hall, one of LaGrange College's outstanding residential and multi-purpose facilities.  We'll open up the game and TV rooms so you can relax after a hard day of research and study.  Supervising all dorm activities will be a graduate assistant and two Orientation (O-Team) members who will be onsite throughout the camp.  All field trips will be supervised by institute faculty as well as chaperones.

Contact Information

Kevin Shirley
Program Coordinator
Phone 706-880-8033
Email: kshirley@lagrange.edu

Contact the Program
Email: nhdhistory@lagrange.edu
Phone 706-880-8174