Georgia Humanities Council funds Button Gwinnett Day at GGC

Georgia Gwinnett College has received a $2,000 grant from the Georgia Humanities Council for its 2013 Button Gwinnett Day program, to be held 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., April 10. This is the college’s third year of hosting the event.

“We are delighted to partner with the Georgia Humanities Council on this signature event that does much more than honor Georgia’s signer of the Declaration of Independence,” said Linda Hughes, assistant professor of education. “The program’s learning opportunities focus on Gwinnett’s dynamic past, present and future, and will raise awareness of critical and contemporary issues facing the county. This insight helps our community’s youth and adults make informed decisions affecting the county’s future.”
“Button Gwinnett Day: Celebrating the Past, Present and Future” will be held in Cisco Auditorium in Building C on the GGC campus, and will feature several activities and programs, including: 
•  A contest showcasing student coursework submitted as videos. Attendees may vote for their favorite entry.
•  Exhibits providing information on GGC and community organization events and services.
•  An author discussion panel with Haywood Smith, New York Times bestseller, Jack Riggs, award-winning author and George Weinstein, highly acclaimed author. The novelists have written fiction books accurately depicting the South. They will discuss the process of writing and research.
•“The Life and Times of Button Gwinnett,” a presentation by Dr. Stan Deaton, Senior Historian of the Georgia Historical Society, about Button Gwinnett and the history of Georgia in the late 1700s. 
Attendees also will participate in periodic activities provided by Grizzly Athletics and the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center. Intermittently throughout the day, actors from Aurora Theatre will present an original, educational and interactive scene re-enacting the duel that killed Button Gwinnett. The event also includes an awards ceremony honoring winners of the student contest. 
The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit and click on “Events.”
In keeping with the event’s educational theme, attendees are invited to bring gently used or new book bags and duffle bags to donate to the Gwinnett Children’s Shelter.
Button Gwinnett Day is sponsored by the GGC Speaker Series Committee in partnership with the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center, the GGC Office of Student Involvement and History Club.
This project is supported by the Georgia Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities and through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly.
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