KSU history program recognized by the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council


Student receives award for research excellence

KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct 17, 2019)Kennesaw State University was recently recognized with two awards from the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council (GHRAC) as part of the organization’s Outstanding Archives Award Programs, which recognizes outstanding efforts in archives and records work in Georgia.

The KSU public history program received the award for “Local History Advocacy” for the exhibition, A Quintessential, Southern Small Town: A History of Adairsville. The exhibit, which is housed in the Adairsville Depot Museum and celebrates the history of Adairsville, was curated by a group of KSU students.

Public History Award
Shown from left to right are Beth Smith and Linda Bass From Adairsville; Jennifer Dickey, KSU Public History Program Coordinator; James Friedrich, KSU student award winner; Jessica Parker, former KSU student; and Adina Langer, KSU MHHE Curator.

James Friedrich, a KSU history student, was presented with the “Award for Excellence in the Educational Use of Historical Records,” for his work on a traveling exhibition, “Voices from the Great War,” which he co-curated with fellow students. Friedrich worked closely with the Georgia Historical Society on his section of the exhibit, which highlighted World War I veteran and Georgia native, Frank O’Driscoll Hunter.

“James’ work really highlights some of the best research work our students are doing, and we’re thrilled to see his research recognized,” said Jennifer Dickey, associate professor of history and coordinator of the public history program. 

James Friedrich
James Friedrich

Kennesaw State University's public history certificate program trains students to think critically about the public presentation of history and culture and helps students develop tangible skills that will enable them to pursue graduate study in a number of fields as well as professional or avocational work at historic and cultural sites.

– Andrea Judy

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu