Program: Past is Prologue: An Introduction to the Holdings of the Atlanta National Archives
Joel Walker, the Education Specialist for the National Archives at Atlanta, presents an overview of the approximately 200,000 cubic feet of federal records held at National Archives facility in Morrow, Georgia. A small sample of the stories in these records that date back through the twentieth century and before include the Apollo moon landings and the important Civil Rights Federal Court Records. Exclusive to the Atlanta National Archives are the 24 million World War I draft cards for the entire nation. Interesting specifics from the 1930s and 40s cover enrichment of Uranium for the Manhattan Project of World War II and the construction of the mighty dams of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Are your family members documented in these records? Come to the September Cobb County Genealogy Society Meeting and find out.
Before coming to Atlanta, Joel Walker worked for the South Carolina Archives and History Center, the Kansas State Historical Society, the National Park Service, and taught middle school for ten years. Walker was state coordinator of National History Day in Kansas (1997-2000) and South Carolina (2000 – 2009), was a member of the Board of Trustees of National History Day, Inc. (2005-2007), and member of the Executive Committee of State Coordinators of National History Day (2001-2009). He is the author of Cottonwood Grove, a children’s book about the Kansas state tree and co-author of The South Carolina Adventure, a third-grade social studies textbook.