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Atlanta History Center

72b18 Swan House Magnum
Call: (404) 814-4000 or visit www.atlantahistorycenter.com
Founded in 1926, the center includes the Atlanta History Museum featuring signature and traveling exhibitions, the Smith Family Farm, the 1928 Swan House mansion, research archives/special libraries, and 22 acres of gardens.

Virtual Talk: Annette Joseph in conversation with Besty Riley, "Italy is my Boyfriend"

Thursday June 18, 2020 07:00 pm EDT
Annette Joseph’s years in Italy revealed this truth: Italy, in all its multifaceted, glorious history and culture has to be experienced in full. Over almost three decades, Italy has fed, entertained, confused, excited, lured, promised, lied, satisfied, occasionally disappointed, and utterly enchante...
Cost: Password: 1UAtK3

Virtual Talk: Stacy Abrams, "Our Time is Now" in Conversation with WABE's Denis O'Hayer

Monday June 15, 2020 07:00 pm EDT
Celebrated national leader and New York Times bestselling author Stacey Abrams offers a blueprint to end voter suppression, empower our citizens, and take back our country. A recognized expert on fair voting and civic engagement, Abrams chronicles a chilling account of how the right to vote and the ...
Cost: Book Purchase Required

Poetry Out Loud Metro Atlanta Regional #2 Competition

Sunday March 1, 2020 01:00 pm EST
Join us for the Metro Atlanta Regional #2 Competition where school champions from around the metro area will compete for a place at the State Finals Competition held on March 17th at Atlanta History Center. This event is free and open for the public.
Cost: Free

An Evening with Adrian Miller

Wednesday February 26, 2020 07:00 pm EST
Join Atlanta History Center for an evening with culinary historian and author Adrian Miller. Miller’s first book, Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time won the James Beard Foundation Award for Scholarship and Reference in 2014. His second book, The President’s K...
Cost: $5-$10

Where We Find Ourselves: The Photographs of Hugh Magnum

Monday February 10, 2020 07:00 pm EST
In the later part of the 19th century, Hugh Mangum was an itinerant portraitist working in North Carolina and Virginia during the rise of Jim Crow. His clientele was both racially and economically diverse. His forgotten glass plate negatives were discovered in the 1970s in a barn slated for demoliti...
Cost: Free-$10

Poetry Out Loud Metro Atlanta Regional #1 Competition

Sunday February 9, 2020 01:00 pm EST
Join us for the Metro Atlanta Regional #1 Competition where school champions from around the metro area will compete for a place at the State Finals Competition on March 17th at Atlanta History Center. This event is free and open for the public.
Cost: Free

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the Atlanta History Center

Monday January 20, 2020 10:00 am EST
Among this year’s highlights is a performance of Walking Through the Valley written by Addae Moon, Atlanta History Center’s Director of Museum Theatre. Set in 1963, a young activist is asked by the "powers that be” to alter the language in a speech he’s written for what will become an historic event...
Cost: Free

PETER STARK, YOUNG WASHINGTON: HOW WILDERNESS AND WAR FORGED AMERICA’S FOUNDING FATHER

Wednesday October 30, 2019 07:30 pm EDT
Two decades before he led America to independence, George Washington was a flailing young soldier serving the British Empire in the vast wilderness of the Ohio Valley. Naïve and self-absorbed, the twenty-two-year-old officer accidentally ignited the French and Indian War—a conflict that opened colon...
Cost: Free-$10

S.C. GWYNNE, HYMNS OF THE REPUBLIC: THE STORY OF THE FINAL YEAR OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR

Tuesday October 29, 2019 07:30 pm EDT
The fourth and final year of the Civil War was, by any measure, one of the greatest turning points in American history. By the spring of 1864, President Abraham Lincoln knew that decisive Union successes on the battlefield would be necessary for his reelection in the fall. Yet the war had entered a ...
Cost: Free-$10

AMERICAN HYDRANGEA SOCIETY: SARAH ROBERTS, GOIZUETA GARDENS: A TRANSFORMATION

Monday October 28, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
Sarah came to Atlanta History Center as a consultant in 2011, which led to her current position as Vice President of Goizueta Gardens and Living Collections. Atlanta History Center’s Goizueta Gardens are 33-acres of cultivated gardens and preserved native forest that immerse visitors in Atlanta’s hi...
Cost: Free

DAY OF THE DEAD (DIA DE MUERTOS)

Sunday October 27, 2019 12:00 pm EDT
Visitors of all ages will learn about and experience a Day of the Dead festival. Guests enjoy traditional dancing, crafts, and authentic Mexican food and entertainment. View a display of altars honoring lost family and friends that are decorated with flowers, favorite foods, and gifts.
Cost: Free

FULTON COUNTY 4-H FILM CLUB MONTHLY MEETING

Saturday October 26, 2019 10:00 am EDT
The Fulton County 4-H Film Club at Atlanta History Center offers monthly meetings in which youth write, direct, and film their own 4-H newscast. The club is open to youth in 4th–8th grades.
Cost: Free

GEORGIA PERENNIAL PLANT ASSOCIATION: CAROL REESE

Monday October 21, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
Carol Reese is an Extension Horticulture Specialist, a nationally-known speaker, blending equal parts gardening knowledge, natural lore, and quirky humor. After finishing her B.S. and M.S. in Horticulture at Mississippi State University, she taught classes in plant materials and landscape design. ...
Cost: Free

FULTON COUNTY 4-H CLUB MONTHLY MEETING

Sunday October 20, 2019 02:00 pm EDT
The Fulton County 4-H Club at Atlanta History Center offers monthly meetings, community service projects, leadership training, and other opportunities. Activities include shooting sports, judging teams, public speaking competitions, weekend trips, state-wide summer camps at Rock Eagle, and more. Mon...
Cost: Free

HAUNTED HALLOWEEN

Friday October 18, 2019 06:30 pm EDT
Expect the unexpected as night falls across Atlanta History Center’s 33-acre campus. A witch and assorted ghouls take over Smith Family Farm, while wizards work up magic potions outside Swan House. Meanwhile, a vampire saloon in Swan Woods has scares on tap, and a long-shuttered hospital will be hau...
Cost: $10-$20

MEMBERS PERK: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN PREVIEW

Friday October 18, 2019 05:00 pm EDT
Join us for our popular family program—Haunted Halloween. Before the public program begins, members will enjoy exclusive crafts and games and early access to trick or treating.
Cost: Free

CHEROKEE GARDEN LIBRARY LECTURE: DEBORAH NEVINS, GROUNDBREAKING DESIGN: WHERE BEAUTY AND SUSTAINABILITY MEET

Wednesday October 16, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
At the Cherokee Garden Library’s fall lecture—in partnership with The Garden Conservancy—Deborah Nevins’ talk will feature the work of her New York-based landscape design firm, Deborah Nevins & Associates, including examples of the firm’s purpose to go beyond solely being beautiful in their commitme...
Cost: $25

ERIC FONER, THE SECOND FOUNDING: HOW THE CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION REMADE THE CONSTITUTION

Tuesday October 15, 2019 07:30 pm EDT
From the Pulitzer Prize winning scholar, a timely history of the constitutional changes that built equality into the nation’s foundation and how those guarantees have been shaken over time. The Declaration of Independence announced equality as an American ideal, but it took the Civil War and the s...
Cost: Free-$10

AN EVENING WITH JOJO MOYES IN CONVERSATION WITH ALISON LAW, THE GIVER OF STARS

Monday October 14, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
Alice Wright is stuck. After a whirlwind romance, she agrees to marry the handsome Bennett Van Cleve, leaving her native England behind for a new life in Kentucky. But soon after arriving, Alice grows disenchanted by her cold husband and overbearing father-in-law, not to mention the unfamiliar cultu...
Cost: $30-$35

MAGIC MONDAY: BOO-WEEN!

Monday October 14, 2019 10:00 am EDT
It’s going to be a boo-ti-ful day! Grab your costume and strut you way around the museum in our annual costume parade. Each Magic Monday has a unique monthly theme designed for toddlers and preschoolers. Using our sprawling 33-acre campus as inspiration, we create fun opportunities to enrich youngst...
Cost: Free-$6.50

PRIDE PARADE PARTY

Sunday October 13, 2019 11:00 am EDT
Atlanta History Center Midtown invites you to come party on our front lawn right at 10th & Peachtree. We love our community and we want to celebrate Atlanta's traditions together. There's no better place to take in the annual Atlanta Pride Parade than in the heart of Midtown! We'll have colorful s...
Cost: Museum Admission

Alex Hitz: The Art of the Host: Recipes and Rules for Flawless Entertaining

Wednesday October 2, 2019 06:30 pm EDT
Having played host to the A-list and beau monde from Atlanta to Park Avenue to Beverly Hills, Alex Hitz is a consummate entertainer and bon vivant—who can really cook. Elegance, comfort, and wit (and always a little decadence) suffuse every detail of every delightful and delicious occasion. Defying ...
Cost: $25-$30

Homeschool Day: Tracks to Runways

Tuesday October 1, 2019 10:30 am EDT
In the late 1830s, the city we call Atlanta was born under a different name at the termination of the Western and Atlantic Railroad. Today, Atlanta is the home to the world’s busiest airport. How did this transformation take place? Spend the day with us as we connect the past to the future. Hear sto...
Cost: Free-$8.50

Fulton County 4-H Film Club Monthly Meeting

Saturday September 28, 2019 10:00 am EDT
The Fulton County 4-H Film Club at Atlanta History Center offers monthly meetings in which youth write, direct, and film their own 4-H newscast. The club is open to youth in 4th–8th grades.
Cost: Free

Barbecue Nation Closing Celebration Ft. Stan Hays of Operation Barbecue

Friday September 27, 2019 06:00 pm EDT
Operation BBQ Relief was founded in May 2011 in response to a need for relief efforts in tornado-stricken Joplin, Missouri, a community of about 50,000 residents. Volunteers from competition barbecue teams from eight states answered the need to help feed displaced families, police, fire, National Gu...
Cost: $25-$30

Fulton County 4-H STEM Club Monthly Meeting

Wednesday September 25, 2019 03:30 pm EDT
The Fulton County 4-H STEM Club at Atlanta History Center offers monthly meetings focusing on a wide variety of STEM topics including 3D printing, engineering, and environmental science. The club is open to youth in 4th–8th grades.
Cost: Free

Georgia Perennial Plant Association w/ Shannon Currey

Monday September 16, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
Shannon Currey is the Marketing Director for Hoffman Nursery, a wholesale nursery in North Carolina specializing in ornamental and native grasses. She began her career as a social scientist, but changed fields in 2003 to pursue horticulture. At North Carolina State University, she trained in landsca...
Cost: Free

Fulton County 4-H Club Monthly Meeting

Sunday September 15, 2019 02:00 pm EDT
The Fulton County 4-H Club at Atlanta History Center offers monthly meetings, community service projects, leadership training, and other opportunities. Activities include shooting sports, judging teams, public speaking competitions, weekend trips, state-wide summer camps at Rock Eagle, and more. Mon...
Cost: Free

Educator Open House

Saturday September 14, 2019 09:00 am EDT
Educators, join us for a free daytime event just for you!

Meet our education team and learn about our school tours, outreach programs and educator resources.

During this special event:

Get a sneak peek at our new The Battle of Atlanta cyclorama school tour, Stories After the Battle: The Cyclor...
Cost: Free w/ current school ID

Kevin M. Levin: Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War's Most Persistent Myth

Tuesday September 10, 2019 07:30 pm EDT
More than 150 years after the end of the Civil War, scores of websites, articles, and organizations repeat claims that anywhere between 500 and 100,000 free and enslaved African Americans fought willingly as soldiers in the Confederate army. But as Kevin M. Levin argues in this carefully researched ...
Cost: Free-$10

Party with the Past: Clarkston Community Center

Thursday August 15, 2019 06:30 pm EDT
Come out and explore the most diverse square mile in America—Clarkston! In August, we’re heading to the Clarkston Community Center to learn more about the unique history and culture of the area. Known by many names and nicknames during its history, including New Siding and Angora Heights (referring ...
Cost: Free W/ RSVP

ATL Collective Relive's R.E.M.’S "Automatic For the People”

Saturday August 10, 2019 06:30 pm EDT
Atlanta History Center proudly welcomes back ATL Collective for our third annual partnership celebrating the best of our city's music. On August 10th, we will recreate R.E.M.'s eighth album, Automatic for the People. The evening includes cash bars, tasty barbecue for purchase, and full access to A...
Cost: $40

SAM JONES, WHOLE HOG BBQ: THE GOSPEL OF CAROLINA BARBECUE WITH RECIPES FROM SKYLIGHT INN AND SAM JONES BBQ

Wednesday August 7, 2019 06:00 pm EDT
In Whole Hog Barbecue, Sam Jones and Daniel Vaughn recount the history of the Skylight Inn which opened in 1947, and share step by step instructions for cooking a whole hog at home.

 

Cost: Free-$10

Fulton County 4-H Club Open House

Sunday August 4, 2019 02:00 pm EDT
The Fulton County 4-H Club at Atlanta History Center offers monthly meetings, community service projects, leadership training, and other opportunities. Activities include shooting sports, judging teams, public speaking competitions, weekend trips, state-wide summer camps at Rock Eagle, and more. M...
Cost: Free

Colson Whitehead In Conversation With Gail O'Neill, The Nickel Boys

Monday July 22, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
As the Civil Rights Movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to heart: He is "as good as anyone." Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college but is instead sentenced to a juvenile refor...
Cost: $35-$40
130 West Paces Ferry Road N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 814-4000
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