Sites to Behold The History of Georgia's State Parks by historyman

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									                       "Sites to Behold: The History of Georgia's State Parks"
                  celebrates the 75th Anniversary of Georgia's State Parks System.

      Documentary Premieres Wednesday, July 26 at 8 p.m. on Georgia Public Broadcasting


July 7, 2006 (ATLANTA) - In 1931, Indian Springs in Flovilla and Vogel in Blairsville became Georgia's
first state parks, creating one of the oldest state park systems in the nation. As part of the system's 75th
Anniversary celebration taking place throughout 2006, the GPB Original Production "Sites to Behold: The
History of Georgia’s State Parks" captures the fabulous stories of the people and places associated with
Georgia's 63 state parks and historic sites across the state. It is narrated by singer-songwriter Shawn
Mullins (famous for "Lullaby") and includes interviews with men who helped build many state parks, long-
time visitors and park employees, Governor Sonny Perdue, President Jimmy Carter, historians and many
others.

"Sites to Behold" premieres Wednesday, July 26 at 8 p.m. and encores Friday, July 28 at 7 p.m. and
Sunday, July 30 at 6 p.m.

The film captures the natural history of Georgia's state parks, which encompasses the tallest waterfall
east of the Mississippi River, the largest freshwater swamp in the U.S., spectacular views from Cloudland
and Providence canyons, a 100-acre granite mountain, and a nearly-pristine barrier island, not to mention
longleaf pine, river, marsh, and wiregrass ecosystems. The stories that the State Parks and Historic Sites
tell, and that "Sites to Behold" shares, are those of pre-Colombian explorers, colonial Georgia, the
Revolutionary and Civil wars, of ancient Native American cultures and the Cherokee Nation, and the
country's first gold rush.

"Sites to Behold" also highlights some of the most remarkable stories from Georgia's state parks and
historic sites, profiling people who laid down the foundation that made these Georgia wonders possible.
The development of Georgia's state park system benefited from the Emergency Conservation Work Act,
part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal program. More commonly known as the Civilian
Conservation Corp (CCC), the program was created to assist the nation in putting an end to the rampant
unemployment and economic chaos caused by the Great Depression. The act provided tremendous
amounts of money for the development of park facilities and the conservation of those park properties.

The GPB production crew attended the Civilian Conservation Corps reunion at Vogel State Park to talk
with the men who helped build the foundation of the Georgia park system during the Great Depression,
and many of the CCC boys, as the men like to be called, hold fond memories of the CCC camps. For
some, talking about that period and the work they completed made them choke up a little during the
interview.

"You know it get gets me," said former CCC boy John Pearce Head. "It gets me that we didn't know what
we were building. We didn't know it would impress people like it has today."

The program further delights viewers with heartwarming tales of how great an impact the parks have had
on the people who helped build them, and others who've simply witnessed the wonders of these great
parks. Among the features "Sites to Behold" covers is a story of enduring love from Chatsworth's Fort
Mountain State Park, how Red Top Mountain State Park in Cartersville has preserved the area's history
of mining iron ore; the story of how Lumpkin's Providence Canyon, known as Georgia's Little Grand
Canyon, came to be; and Georgia's conservation parks, including Panola Mountain in Stockbridge and
Sweetwater Creek in Lithia Springs.

Copies of the documentary will be available for purchase later this summer.


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Sites to Behold: The History of Georgia's State Parks is a GPB Original Production. Broadcast of this
production is made possible in part by: Georgia Power, a Southern Company; The Coca-Cola Company;
Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites and The Wormsloe Foundation, Inc. Georgia Public
Broadcasting is Television, Radio and Education: your PBS station serving all of Georgia; your source for
great music and NPR news; and Georgia's source for top-quality multiple media educational products and
services. www.gpb.org

Watch Georgia Public Broadcasting on these nine stations across Georgia: Atlanta - Channel 8, Albany -
WABW/14, Augusta - WCES/20, Chatsworth - WCLP/18, Columbus - WJSP/28, Dawson - WACS/25,
Macon - WDCO/29, Savannah - WVAN/9, Waycross - WXGA/8.

Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites: While everything else changes, Georgia State Parks remain true
to nature. During 2006, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources will celebrate 75 years of
protecting Georgia's natural, cultural and recreational resources for a happy and healthy Georgia. To join
this celebration, visit www.GeorgiaStateParks.org/75th .



MEDIA CONTACTS:

GPB: Mandy Wilson, 404/685-2427, mwilson@gpb.org

State Parks: Kim Hatcher, 404/657-9855, kimh@dnr.state.ga.us

								
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