The Georgia History Festival, which began at the beginning of the school year, is a K-12 educational program promoted by the Georgia Historical Society. The festival culminates this month - February being the founding month of the Georgia Colony - with the incredibly popular Super Museum Sunday.
It's a "fantastic event," says Patricia Meagher, director of communications for the Georgia Historical Society.
"It is a day when house museums, art museums, cultural sites, state parks, DNR sites, all across Georgia, open their doors free of charge for the public to come and experience culture and history in their own backyard," she says.
The Georgia History Festival weekend will kick off Feb. 9 with the Georgia Day Parade, when thousands of children will march through Savannah's squares from Forsyth Park to City Hall along Bull Street in colonial costume.
Then Wormsloe State Historic Site will host the Colonial Faire & Muster for two days starting Feb. 10 with period crafts, costumes and demonstrations that are fun for the whole family. "You can smell the gunpowder and hear the cannon fire and see what life was really like in colonial Georgia," says Meagher.
Finally, Super Museum Sunday returns with a whopping 98 sites across Georgia open free to the public.
"The wonderful thing about Super Museum Sunday is that all of the participating sites offer something different," says Meagher. "Some people like doing historic home tours; there are lots of those to do. If that's not your bag and you'd rather be outside, going on a hike or a bike ride, then we have lots of DNR sites and parks that will be open.
"Whatever you enjoy doing, there is really something for everyone to participate in for Super Museum Sunday."
It will be a great opportunity to visit the abundance of historical homes participating all over Savannah that you may not have gotten around to visiting, yet. The Andrew Low House, Davenport House Museum, Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home, Green-Meldrim House, Harper Fowlkes House, and the Owens-Thomas House are just some of the homes opening their doors to the public.
As it is also Black History Month, there are several sites to visit if you are interested in African-American history and culture. Some of the participating sites include Beach Institute African-American Cultural Center, King-Tisdell College, and Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum.
Military history buffs will want to check out Old Fort Jackson, Fort Pulaski National Monument or the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force.
For art lovers, it will be a great day to see exhibitions at the SCAD Museum of Art, Jepson Center and Telfair Academy for free.
Kids will love visiting the Georgia State Railroad Museum and Savannah Children's Museum. Or, if they enjoy science and nature, Oatland Island Wildlife Center and UGA Marine Education & Aquarium are great options.
The event is taking place all across Georgia, so there is plenty to do regionally outside of downtown Savannah. For example, Richmond Hill History Museum will be celebrating with food vendors, classic Ford cars, inflatable slides and a "Snapology" Lego Exploration Station. And Bloomingdale History Museum is offering a walking tour called "Early Bloomingdale: From Indian Path to Railroad Tracks."
A downloadable and printable map of the participating sites is available at georgiahistory.com if you need to get a handle on the wealth of activities being offered.
"Just get out and go - enjoy experiencing Georgia," says Meagher.
IF YOU GO
What: Georgia History Festival
When: Feb. 9-11
Where: Various locations
Info: georgiahistoryfestival.org, georgiahistory.com
10:45 a.m. Feb. 9: Georgia Day Parade at Forsyth Park
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb 10-11: Colonial Faire & Muster at Wormsloe State Historic Site, 7601 Skidaway Road
Noon-4 p.m. Feb. 11: Super Museum Sunday at 98 participating sites across Georgia