Atlanta History Center , located in Atlanta, Georgia , is one of the first history museums in US. The Atlanta History Center is one of the largest US history museums , featuring award-winning signature exhibitions that tell the story of the region’s people , from its earliest settlers to the international city of today
The Atlanta History Center was founded in 1926 by fourteen men as the Atlanta Historical Society to help preserve the city’s history . In 1986 the still relatively small group received the DuBose Collection of Civil War artifacts. In 1989, the Society built the current museum to house the DuBose collection.
Over the past 82 years, the organization has grown substantially in both scope and size, and in 1990, the Atlanta Historical Society received the name Atlanta History Center. Now located on 33 acres in historic Buckhead, the Atlanta History Center is trying to connect people, history, and culture. The Atlanta History Center currently consists of 12 exhibits. There are also historic houses and gardens located on the grounds. The Museum has one of the largest collections of civil war artifacts in the world, and the Swan House and Tullie Smith Farm are located there.
Although Atlanta History Center also operates temporary, and traveling exhibits, there are six permanent exhibits :
- The Centennial Olympic Museum opened in 2006 includes spectacular collection of multimedia presentations, artifacts, images, and interactive displays, and also a interactive Sports Lab. One of the main attractions allows visitors to test on Olympic knowledge, and then to post their scores .
- The Turning Point: The American Civil War exhibition contains 1,400 of the Atlanta History Center’s enormous collection of Civil War artifacts.
- The Metropolitan Frontiers exhibit chronicles Atlanta’s expansion from farm to city in 4 stages: Rural Region, Transportation Center, Commercial City, and Suburban Metropolis.
- The Shaping Traditions: Folk Arts in a Changing South exhibit shows the development and attributes of Southern folk art.
- The Down the Fairway with Bobby Jones exhibit is based on the life of Georgia’s most famous golfer.
- The Phillip Trammell Shutze: Atlanta Classicist, Connoisseur, and Collector exhibit tells the story of Phillip Trammell Shutze, one of Atlanta’s foremost architects
The Atlanta History Center’s property features six historic gardens representing Georgia’s distinctive flora. The Atlanta History Center also operates three historic houses, all listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Tullie Smith Farm and the Swan House, take visitors back in time to explore the lifestyle from the 1860s through the 1930s. The Tullie Smith House is an antebellum farmhouse built by the Robert Smith currently comprising the farm house, kitchen, blacksmith shop, smokehouse, double corncrib, log cabin, barn, and several gardens.
The Swan House, designed by Philip Trammell Shutze in the 1920s is surrounded by the Boxwood Garden . The front landscape, two cloverleaf fountains and a terraced lawn, is one of the most photographed places. The Margaret Mitchell House & Museum was home to Margaret Mitchell while she was writing the novel Gone With The Wind. The house includes the Gone With The Wind movie museum .
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