School of Communication & Journalism

Chattahoochee Heritage Project

Chattahoochee Heritage Project

The Chattahoochee Heritage Project is a web based news and information service focusing on the Chattahoochee River Valley, with special emphasis on Chambers, Lee, Russell and Barbour Counties in Alabama and Troup, Harris, Muscogee and Chattahoochee Counties in Georgia.

The river is much longer than that small portion, of course. The Chattahoochee begins in North Georgia, near Helen, flowing for 430 miles until it joins with the Flint River near the Florida state line. The waters continue as the Apalachicola River for 112 miles, emptying into the Gulf of Mexico at Apalachicola, FL. Our stories will focus there too.

Students in the Auburn University Department of Communication of Journalism (with the assistance of faculty and friends of the Department) will produce multi-platform content that focuses on significant areas of cultural and historical interest to the Chattahoochee Valley area. The stories will highlight people and places. Therefore, the project will provide an opportunity to record the oral and visual history of a rapidly changing area.

The Chattahoochee Valley is in geographic proximity to Auburn University and is served by research, instruction and extension efforts of the University. The area has faced serious economic challenges in the last several years, yet is rich in human and cultural resources. Historically, the Chattahoochee Valley was a central place of contact among Native Americans, European Americans, and Africans. The cultural exchange of these groups was profound, and its legacy is still found in the people and traditions of the region. Additionally, it is an environmentally significant area, both in its environmental diversity and in the relationship of the river region to the development of industry and business. The region has been profoundly affected by national and international economic developments, including the shift from agrarian to industrial economic bases and, more recently, the closing of textile mills.

Last Updated: August 21, 2015