Encountering History through the Historical Society
By Lauren Stoops
BPC Staff Writer
MOUNT VERNON— The Historical Society, one of many student organizations at BPC, actively promotes the study and teaching of history through interactive learning. “We want to heighten a sense of curiosity, to develop a sense of seeing further among the students,” said Dr. Ian Crowe, one of the faculty advisors for the Historical Society.
The Historical Society seeks to raise the academic profile of history among students while also encouraging students to encounter history outside of the classroom. “We would like students to understand how history shapes the environment—especially locally, here in Georgia—and to see how historical preservation can promote care for that environment,” said Crowe.
Each year the Society travels to different locations with some sort of historical value. Most recently, they visited Jimmy Carter’s childhood home in Plains, GA and the Civil War Museum in Andersonville, GA. On October 27, the Historical Society will also be participating in the self-guided tour of Old River Road, which used to be a stage coach route used by settlers. This tour will begin in Jeff Davis County and will end in Lumber City, GA. All trips planned by the Historical Society are open to the student body and staff members.
In addition to studying history, Historical Society members are also actively involved in sharing history with the surrounding community. Tyler Corley, the student president of the Historical Society, has stated that he wants to reach into the community with more service projects, such as helping with the upkeep of cemeteries, as one of his goals to accomplish this year.
Each semester when the Historic Village opens, members of the society fill roles as actors to make the village come alive. The Historic Village will be open on November 10 as part of the first annual Baron Bash. “I want the Historical Society to continue to grow and to continue to be active as a historical association in our community,” Corley said.
The Historical Society is open to all BPC students, regardless of their declared major. Those interested in joining the society should contact Tyler Corley at firstname.lastname@example.org, Dr. Mary Waalkes at email@example.com, or Dr. Ian Crowe at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those interested in supporting this group can look for the Historical Society table at the lawn sale at the BPC Baron Bash on November 10.
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