Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Georgia Historical Society

  • Savannah, GA
  • www.georgiahistory.com

Mission Statement

Founded in 1839 with the mission to collect, examine and teach Georgia and American history through education and research.

Main Programs

  1. Library and Archives
  2. Membership Program
  3. Publications
  4. Education and Outreach
Service Areas

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International

The Georgia Historical Society has members both nationally and internationally

ruling year

1951

President & CEO

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Dr. W. Todd Groce

Keywords

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History, education, research, geneaology

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EIN

58-0593403

 Number

2031285138

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Library and Archives

Maintenance of a library and archives which preserves and maintains an unparalleled collection of materials related to Georgia history. A major research facility for teachers, scholars, and history enthusiasts from around the world.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

406182.00

Program 2

Membership Program

The Society provides members with information on Georgia history as well as the opportunity to attend lectures, network with other history enthusiasts, and participate in tours of historic places and sites.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

146964.00

Program 3

Publications

Publication of the Journal of Record for Georgia history for both scholars and the general public. Additional publications on genealogy, politics, government, biography and all aspects of Georgia history.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

137189.00

Program 4

Education and Outreach

Organize and deliver cultural and educational programs to make Georgia history come alive for students of all ages.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

703638.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The Georgia Historical Society has members both nationally and internationally

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GEORGIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Georgia Historical Society

Leadership

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President & CEO

Dr. W. Todd Groce

BIO

One of the leading public history executives in the nation, W. Todd Groce has over 25 years of experience as an educator and administrator and has led institutions in raising nearly $80 million for educational programming, capital projects, and endowment.

Born in Virginia and reared in Tennessee, Dr. Groce graduated cum laude and with honors in history from the University of Memphis ('84) and earned an M.A. ('87) and Ph.D. ('92) in history from the University of Tennessee. While in graduate school he taught American history at the University of Tennessee and Maryville College.

In 1990 Dr. Groce left the academy and began his career in public history. He served five years as executive director of the East Tennessee Historical Society, taking that institution to the next level through the development of a new regional history museum. In November 1994 Dr. Groce was named executive director of the Georgia Historical Society, and in April 2006 he was elected the institution's 43rd president.

During Dr. Groce's tenure the institution's annual operating revenue has increased from less than $200,000 to over $3 million, its endowment has grown from $1 million to $13.5 million, and its membership has quadrupled from 2,000 to 6,000, including nearly 200 local historical organizations in 80 counties.

STATEMENT FROM THE President & CEO

"W. Todd Groce, PhD.

The essence of what it means to be an American can be found in our history. When we understand the story of our unique democratic institutions and traditions, how they were created and the sacrifices that have been made to expand our liberties, we understand America. That's why it's crucial that we teach our state's and nation's history. The survival of the republic depends upon it.

It is also important that we take an honest, unblinking look at the past. History isn't just about telling stories that make us feel good. It's about understanding what happened and why, the successes and the failures, based on the documentary evidence available to us. We have to be willing to see the past as it was and accept it on its own terms, even if that contradicts what we've always believed.

The Georgia Historical Society stands in a special position between the academic community and the public. There's an amazing body of scholarship being produced in colleges and universities around the country but most of it is not reaching the public. That's where GHS comes in. We're the bridge between the academy and the public, connecting the scholarship with a wider audience, and increasing access to history."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Vincent Dooley

Retired Educator

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