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Collection # DRT-60.4-001

Records of The Institute For Historical Studies,

Main Entry: Upper School- Social Studies Dept. Volume: 8 Files, 8 video tapes

Biographical/Historical Note:
In 1986, Rusty Zaring, then the Asst. Social Studies Department Chairman, created a department sponsored organization called The Institute For Historical Studies. The Institute was intended to be an adult oriented organization to promote the study of local history and to publicize Woodward Academy. As an outlet for teacher interests and research, the Institute hosted evening lectures by Atlanta professors concerning germane topics, such as the growth of Atlanta and the Southside, or contemporary issues, such as the Middle East, the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. As Director of the Institute, Zaring, who graduated from Woodward in 1973 and began teaching history in 1978, hoped that these programs might generate parent involvement and promote more awareness of College Park, South Atlanta, and the possibilities of Woodward for intellectual community leadership. A few programs were also held during the school day for students. Attempts were also actively made to incorporate professors, public school teachers, and local political leaders and businessmen. A total of twelve programs were sponsored over five years, including two political debates between Newt Gingrich (later Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives) and challenger David Worley (later head of the Democratic Party in Georgia).

Scope and Content:
Arranged in chronological order, the collection consists of correspondence, printed event invitations, newspapers clippings from the local paper and the Atlanta Constitution, and seven VHS video tapes of programs hosted by the Institute. Included is the text of two speeches delivered by Zaring in 1986 at a luncheon of the South Fulton Chamber of Commerce and a dinner hosted by the school to honor local government officials, announcing the goals of the Institute. File #6 and File #8 have interesting correspondence from campaign offices as Zaring worked to negotiate political debates between Newt Gingrich and David Worley for the 5th District congressional seat. Seven VHS video tapes of programs are included.

Subject Headings:
60.4 Upper School History Department
70.0 Upper School Faculty

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