Bringing It Home: Utilizing Local History in the K-12 Classroom

Join the Northeast Alabama Community College and Alabama Humanities Foundation for a local history workshop designed for K-12 social studies/history teachers!

When: October 9, 2014,from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Where: Northeast Alabama Community College Library (Cecil B. Word Learning Resources Center), Room 205

Cost: FREE and Lunch will be provided by NACC  at no cost to participants.

To apply, complete this form (submission information is included on the form). The registration deadline is October 1.

For more information about this workshop, contact Julia Everett at


Olivia Baxter Cox

Ms. Olivia Baxter Cox currently serves on the board of trustees of Landmarks of DeKalb County Historical Association. She attended Auburn University, where she earned a B.S. in sociology and minored in history. She completed graduate courses in public archaeology through the University of Alabama. Ms. Cox led Landmarks’ participation in the National Park Service certification of three Fort Payne sites as official components of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail and the Park Service’s designation of the route taken by the Benge detachment from Fort Payne to the Tennessee River as the original Trail of Tears Route. Cox has worked on archaeological surveys at Snodgrass Island Mississippian site and Fort Harker Civil War site in Jackson County for the State Office of Archaeological Research and more recently on the Alabama Trail of Tears Association archaeology digs at the Cherokee removal era Fort Payne cabin site. Ms. Cox is a resident of Fort Payne, Alabama.

Dr. Ronald Fritze

Dr. Ronald Fritze holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, England in history, an M.L.S. and M.A. in history from Louisiana State University and B.A. in history with certification in elementary and secondary education from Concordia College in River Forest, Illinois. Dr. Fritze serves as Dean of Arts and Sciences and professor of history at Athens State University. Dr. Fritze has authored, co-authored or edited 12 books, and dozens of other publications. His presentation on DeSoto is a part of the Alabama Humanities Foundation “Road Scholars” program. Dr. Fritze is a resident of Athens, Alabama.

Renee Morrison

Ms. Renee Morrison serves as the assistant director of the Jacksonville State University Field Schools. She holds a B.S. from Jacksonville State University in Biology and an Educational Assessment Certification from Cornell University in Environmental Education. She is currently pursuing an M.S.inEmergency Management from JSU. She was the Director of Education for ten years at the Smithsonian-affiliated American Museum Association accredited Anniston Museum of Natural History and Berman Museum of World History. Through the Field Schools, she partners with the Alabama State Department of Education, Alabama State Parks, National Park Service, and others. Ms. Morrison is a resident of Anniston, Alabama.

Larry Smith

Mr. Larry Smith holds a B.S. in secondary education with a concentration in history from Jacksonville State University. He is the past president of the Guntersville Historical Society, Marshall County Archaeological Society, and Coosa Valley Archaeological Society. He is the co-author of the book The History of Marshall County, Alabama (1969) and the author of Guntersville Remembered (1989). He has co-authored numerous studies including one for the Alabama Historical Commission (Archaeological Investigations Within the DeKalb County, Alabama Portion of the Big Wills Creek Drainage, 2004) and one for the National Park Service (Alabama Collection Camps, Forts, Emigrating Depots and Travel Routes Used During the Cherokee Removal of 1838-1839, 2009). He also co-authored “The Trail of Tears in Alabama: 175 Years after Cherokee Indian Removal,” (Alabama Heritage, Fall 2013). Mr. Smith is a resident of Guntersville, Alabama.

Schedule of Events

October 9, 2014

8:00-8:30 a.m. Sign-In

8:30-8:45 a.m. Welcome Dr. Julia Everett, Director of the Learning Resources Center/Library

8:45-9:45 a.m. Geocaching Trail of Tears Sites in Northeast Alabama Program Presenter: Ms. Olivia Cox

10:00-11:00 a.m. The DeSoto Expedition: Exploration and Tragedy in 16th Century Alabama and the Southeast Program Presenter: Dr. Ronald Fritze

11:15-12:15 p.m. Lunch (Provided by NACC)

12:30-1:30 p.m. Brother Leaf: Crafting and Story Telling for All Ages Program Presenter: Ms. Renee Morrison

1:45-2:45 p.m. Indian Missions in Northeast Alabama Program Presenter: Mr. Larry Smith

2:45-3:00 p.m. Concluding Remarks, Evaluation Forms, and Certificates Mr. Blake Wilhelm, LRC Archivist and Adjunct History Instructor.

For more information about this workshop, contact Julia Everett at

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