Sunday, March 11, 2012

Returning to Tybee Island

Hi...I'm writing this morning from Savannah, GA, one of my favorite places to visit.  We're down here (Roy, me, and our daughter Laura, who is about to get married and move to England), for a mini-break.  In a few minutes we'll be headed to Tybee Island, to see the lighthouse (again!) and go to the beach for the rest of the day.

This reminds me of a weekend we once spent here as part of our "Georgia History Adventures" programs for ARCHERS.  Back when we had the resource center in Kennesaw, GA, this was one of our most popular programs. We met once a month to learn about Georgia history and prep for the field trip of the month, and then went together to some Georgia historical site  Of course, being Georgia, a lot of them were Civil War-related, but Savannah is known as the birthplace of Georgia. Naturally, the Indians might take exception with that, but this is where Oglethorpe established the colony of Georgia and there are many historical sites here, as well as a history museum, walking tours, carriage rides, and riverboat tours.  Since those mostly cost a lot of money, we just usually walk around the squares ourselves.  Today is the  birthday of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts, and her home is here, so there will be a gadzillion girl scouts all over Savannah, which is partly why we're going to Tybee Island today!

One of my many dreams for ARCHERS is to own a house down here on Tybee, where homeschoolers can rent a place for cheap to have vacations.  Many some day we'll have a whole string of vacation cabins for you all to enjoy!

In the meantime, consider starting your own version of "(Your State) history adventures.  One of my upcoming columns in The Old Schoolhouse magazine is about incorporating excitement into your studies of history. I think it will be in the April issue.

Gotta go find some seashells and a new dolphin windchime for my front porch. Hope you are all having a great Sunday!