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Historic Sites to Visit

Roosevelt’s Little White House Historic Site


One of the most recognizable national historic sites in Georgia is the Little White House in Warm Springs. It was the site of the death of one of the most influential presidents in American History. Franklin Roosevelt visited Warm Springs quite often during his life after he was inflicted with polio. He spent much of his time there attempting to regain the strength in his leg muscles. It was from here that he was able to tour the countryside and become familiar with the problems facing the rural South from the Depression. His struggle with polio, although unknown to most Americans, was a source of inner strength and compassion toward those struggling with similar physical conditions. He established the Roosevelt Warm Springs Rehabilitation Center and serves as an inspiration to the disabled.

The Little White House would serve as an excellent site for a field trip for students studying both Georgia and American history. It is fairly accessible from the metro Atlanta area. It allows students to see the place where he died and where he spent much of his time rehabilitating. The Little White House gives Georgians a unique connection to Franklin Roosevelt. It can show students why he was an inspiration to Americans. In addition to the Little White House, students can view the Historic Pools Museum, The Walk of Flags and Stones, and The Memorial Fountain. The site is very inexpensive and can accommodate large groups.

The Little White House has much educational value to students. It provides a tangible connection between them and history, and is easily accessible. It offers tax exemptions to school groups and is open throughout the week. The site is worth much consideration for Georgia public schools.

Open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Admission:

  • $5-$8 (plus tax)
  • Group rates available for 15 or more with advance notice:
    – Adult Tour Rate – $6.00 (plus tax)
    – Youth Tour Rate – $5.00 (plus tax)
    – Child tour rate under 6 – $1.00 (plus tax)
    (Note: School Groups are tax exempt.)
  • Primary buildings are wheelchair accessible.
  • Secondary buildings have entry steps. All walkways are hard surfaced.

The William Bremen Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum

The William Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum, located in Atlanta, contains exhibits displaying records and pictures of the Holocaust and of Jewish culture.  The operating hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The admission fees are $12 for adults and $6 for students.  There is a group rate where the fee is $4 per student.

The Holocaust exhibition displays pictures and personal documents from Holocaust survivors who later moved to Atlanta.  This exhibition, Absence of Humanity: The Holocaust Years (1933-1945), shows the horrors of Nazi Germany and the persecution and extermination of the six million Jews during this period.  The museum also has the Weinburg Holocaust Education Center, which provides curriculum appropriate for middle school-aged students.

The Breman Museum would be an educational experience for middle school students and teachers, especially if they are studying a Holocaust or World War II unit.  In addition to the exhibits, the museum can even arrange for a Holocaust survivor to speak to the students.  The students would see that the remembrance of the Holocaust is important, as well as understanding the Atlanta connection to the survivors.

The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum

The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum commemorates the Eighth Air Force Command, a squadron that performed missions in Europe during World War II.  It is located in Pooler, Georgia, which is just south of Savannah.  It is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with the exception of major holidays.  The museum charges $10 for adults, $6 for active military personnel and children aged 6-12, and $9 for seniors.

According to the museum website, the Eighth Air Force was the greatest group of air fighters during the war.  They were highly decorated but suffered over 47,000 casualties.  The exhibits display fighter planes used by this division and other relics from the war.  There is also a memorial to war veterans on the museum grounds, which include a garden and a chapel.

It relates to the GPS because the museum is dedicated to U.S. involvement in World War II, and has a Georgia link because the 8th was activated in Savannah.  Teachers could benefit from visiting this museum because it would provide them with an example to show their classes how important the war effort was for the United States.  Students would benefit from visiting here because they would learn how big this division was and why it was important to defeat Nazi aggression in Europe.

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