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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.

D-DAY COMMEMORATION FEATURING RICK ATKINSON

Wednesday May 22, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
The Atlanta History Center and World War II Foundation host a special evening to honor the courage displayed on June 6, 1944 to liberate German-occupied France (and later Europe) from Nazi control. Author Rick Atkinson, a Pulitzer Prize winner in history and journalism, will be interviewed about D...
Cost: Free

JIM AUCHMUTEY, SMOKELORE: A SHORT HISTORY OF BARBECUE IN AMERICA

Thursday May 23, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
Barbecue: It’s America in a mouthful. The story of barbecue touches almost every aspect of our history. It involves indigenous culture, the colonial era, slavery, the Civil War, the settling of the West, the coming of immigrants, the Great Migration, the rise of the automobile, the expansion of subu...
Cost: Free - $10

SUMMER WRITING CAMP | SHARED WORLDS: FANTASY CREATION

Monday June 3, 2019 09:00 pm EDT
AGES 9-14 YEARS Channel your inner Frankenstein and explore creature creation and world building in this Sci-Fi and Fantasy writing camp! Learn techniques and tools that will help you develop well-rounded characters living in complex worlds. Discover the power of imagination and craft a story ...
Cost: $325 - $375 per week

CASEY CEP, FURIOUS HOURS

Thursday May 16, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members for insurance money in the 1970s. With the help of a savvy lawyer, he escaped justice for years until a relative shot him dead at the funeral of his last victim. Despite hundreds of witnesses, Maxwell's murd...
Cost: Free - $10

LOUIS BAYARD, COURTING MR. LINCOLN - May 14, 2019

Tuesday May 14, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
When Mary Todd meets Abraham Lincoln in Springfield in winter 1840, he is on no one's shortlist to be president. Rough and reticent, he’s a country lawyer lacking money and manners, living above a dry goods shop, but with a gift for oratory. Mary, a quick, self-possessed debutante with a tireless in...
Cost: Free - $10

NATIONAL PUBLIC GARDENS WEEK

Monday May 13, 2019 10:00 am EDT
National Public Gardens Week is a celebration of America’s public gardens, bringing national exposure to the importance of vibrant, relevant gardens committed to community enrichment and environmental responsibility through community engagement, sustainable practices and conversation. Access to Go...
Cost: Free with Admission

MAGIC MONDAY: PLANES, TRAINS, & AUTOMOBILES

Monday May 13, 2019 10:00 am EDT
Oh, the places you’ll go during the Planes, Trains & Automobiles program! Little ones explore the many modes of transportation and enjoy an immersive experience on our fully restored, larger than life Texas locomotive.  
Cost: $5.50-$6.50

MARIE BENEDICT, THE ONLY WOMAN IN THE ROOM

Wednesday May 8, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
Most people know Hedy Lamarr as one of the most glamourous Oscar-nominated movie stars of the 1940s, but the greatest legacy she may have left behind is her groundbreaking contribution as a scientist. Lemarr was an avid inventor and the person behind advances in communication technology that led to ...
Cost: Free - $10

JESSICA HANDLER, THE MAGNETIC GIRL

Tuesday May 7, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
In rural north Georgia two decades after the Civil War, 13-year-old Lulu Hurst reaches high into her father’s bookshelf and pulls out an obscure book, The Truth of Mesmeric Influence. Deemed gangly and undesirable, Lulu wants more than a lifetime of caring for her disabled baby brother, Leo, with wh...
Cost: Free - $10

MARY KAY ANDREWS, SUNSET BEACH LAUNCH PARTY

Sunday May 5, 2019 12:00 pm EDT
Drue Campbell’s life is adrift – she’s out of a job and down on her luck. Life doesn’t seem to be getting any better when her estranged father, Brice Campbell, a flamboyant personal injury attorney, shows up at her mother’s funeral after a 20-year absence. Worse, he’s remarried – to Drue’s eighth gr...
Cost: $35 - $40

POP-UP BREAKFAST FEATURING BOMB BISCUITS AND B’S CRACKLIN BBQ

Saturday May 4, 2019 09:00 am EDT
Pop into the History Center for a tasty breakfast featuring Bomb Biscuits and B’s Cracklin’ Barbecue and stay for curator-led tours of Barbecue Nation exhibition. Tickets are $10, and include breakfast, coffee, and museum admission.
Cost: $10

AUSTIN KLEON, KEEP GOING: 10 WAYS TO STAY CREATIVE IN GOOD TIMES AND BAD

Wednesday May 1, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
Austin Kleon is a writer who draws. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work! His work has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, PBS Newshour, and in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal. He also speaks frequently about creativity in the digi...
Cost: Free - $10

J.D. DICKEY, RISING IN FLAMES: SHERMAN’S MARCH AND THE FIGHT FOR A NEW NATION

Tuesday April 30, 2019 08:00 pm EDT
America in the antebellum years was a deeply troubled country, divided by partisan gridlock and ideological warfare, angry voices in the streets and the statehouses, furious clashes over race and immigration, and a growing chasm between immense wealth and desperate poverty. The Civil War that foll...
Cost: Free - $10

OLMSTED PLEIN AIR INVITATIONAL DAY

Tuesday April 30, 2019 10:00 am EDT
Plein air painting produces art from life “in open air” across the Atlanta History Center’s Goizueta Gardens. The public is invited to observe as esteemed contemporary impressionist artists across the United States create finished paintings before your eyes. In its fourth year, the Olmsted Plain Air...
Cost: Free with Admission

HELEN ELLIS, IN CONVERSATION WITH KATE WHITMAN SOUTHERN LADY CODE: ESSAYS

Monday April 29, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
The bestselling author of American Housewife is back with a fiercely funny collection of essays on marriage and manners, thank-you notes and three-ways, ghosts, gunshots, gynecology, and the Calgon-scented, onion-dipped, monogrammed art of living as a Southern Lady. Helen Ellis has a mantra: "If you...
Cost: Free - $10

GENEALOGY PROGRAM: YOUR FAMILY HISTORY ROAD TRIP:  ARE WE THERE YET?

Saturday April 20, 2019 10:30 am EDT
With millions of documents available online, most of us are able to flesh out at least part of our family tree.  But often the records you need aren’t available online and sometimes you just want to walk where your ancestors walked. Join Sue VerHoef, Director of Oral History and Genealogy at the Atl...
Cost: $10 - $15

MARTHA HALL KELLY, LOST ROSES

Tuesday April 16, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
It is 1914, and the world has been on the brink of war so often, many New Yorkers treat the subject with only passing interest. Eliza Ferriday is thrilled to be traveling to St. Petersburg with Sofya Streshnayva, a cousin of the Romanovs. The two met years ago in Paris and became confidantes. Now El...
Cost: Free - $10

HOMESCHOOL DAY: GARDENING, HARVESTING, AND SUSTAINABLE LIVING

Friday April 12, 2019 10:30 am EDT
In celebration of Earth Day, join us as we explore science, nature, and history in the “City in a Forest”. Learn about our gardens, participate in a scavenger hunt, develop your own practices, and explore how we are personally responsible for keeping our Earth healthy for generations to come.  Adm...
Cost: Free - $8.50

CHEROKEE GARDEN LIBRARY: ASHLEY WRIGHT MCINTYRE LECTURE SERIES: VICTORIA JOHNSON, AMERICAN EDEN: DAVID HOSACK, BOTANY, AND MEDICINE IN THE GARDEN OF THE EARLY REPUBLIC

Wednesday April 10, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
When Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr met on a dueling ground in July 1804, they chose the same attending physician: David Hosack. Family doctor and friend to Hamilton and Burr, Hosack is today a shadowy figure at the edge of a famous duel, the great achievements of his life forgotten. In 1801, on ...
Cost: $25

Sheep to Shawl

Saturday April 6, 2019 10:30 am EDT
Guests experience the process of cloth making though demonstrations and activities that range from sheep shearing and wool dyeing to spinning and weaving. Gather the entire family for a full day of fun that also includes open-hearth cooking, blacksmithing, candle making, live music, and more at Smit...
Cost: Free - $10

RUTH REICHL, IN CONVERSATION WITH KIM SEVERSON, SAVE ME THE PLUMS

Thursday April 4, 2019 07:30 pm EDT
Ruth Reichl is the bestselling author of the memoirs Garlic and Sapphires, Tender at the Bone, and Comfort Me with Apples and the novel Delicious! She was editor in chief of Gourmet for 10 years. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and two cats. Kim Severson is a Southern-based correspo...
Cost: Free - $10

FULTON COUNTY 4-H CLUB MONTHLY MEETING

Sunday March 17, 2019 02:00 pm EDT
Atlanta History Center 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 Roc...
Cost: Free

POETRY OUT LOUD | STATE FINAL COMPETITION

Sunday March 17, 2019 01:00 pm EDT
The public is invited to attend the Georgia final competition of this innovative program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance of the written word.Poetry Out Loud incorporates the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater...
Cost: Free

Southbound BBQ Revival

Friday March 15, 2019 06:30 pm EDT

VIP tickets: $75, includes reserved seating in the first 10 rows and a dinner voucher. Non-reserved seats: $40. 

Food will be available to purchase by Jim 'N Nick’s.

Set List Allman Bros Band Songs Revival Whipping Post Blue Sky Midnight Rider Southbound Statesboro Blues Stand Back

Ramblin Man...
Cost: $40 - $75

LYNNE OLSON, MADAME FOURCADE’S SECRET WAR: THE DARING YOUNG WOMAN WHO LED FRANCE'S LARGEST SPY NETWORK AGAINST HITLER

Monday March 11, 2019 08:00 pm EDT
In 1941, a 31-year-old Frenchwoman born to privilege and known for her beauty and glamor became leader of a vast Resistance intelligence organization, Alliance — the only woman to serve as a chef de résistance during the war. Strong-willed, independent, and a lifelong rebel against her country’s con...
Cost: $10

MAGIC MONDAY: MIXED EMOTIONS

Monday March 11, 2019 10:00 am EDT
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 youngsters and encourage a sense of creativity and play. A new imagination station is centered around our tasty Barbecue Natio...
Cost: Free - $6.50

Bill Charlap Trio - Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein

Thursday March 7, 2019 07:30 pm EST
Categories: Jazz

The Atlanta Jewish Music Festival opens its 10th annual festival with the Grammy award winning Bill Charlap Trio.

One of the world’s premier jazz pianists, BILL CHARLAP has performed and recorded with many leading artists of our time, ranging from jazz masters Phil Woods and Wynton ...
Cost: $40-$60

CHEROKEE GARDEN LIBRARY PROGRAM: THE WELL-PLACED WEED: THE BOUNTIFUL LIFE OF RYAN GAINEY, A FILM BY STEVE BRANSFORD AND COOPER SANCHEZ

Wednesday February 27, 2019 07:00 pm EST
Gainey has been the focus of numerous gardening television programs, but this documentary is the first project to examine the complexities of his life. As the film shows, he was a contradictory character, both off-putting and tender, self-absorbed and generous, artificial and authentic. Gainey, who ...
Cost: Free - $10

Steve Luxenberg, Seperate: The story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America's journey from slavery to segregation

Monday February 25, 2019 07:00 pm EST
Plessy v. Ferguson, the Supreme Court case synonymous with “separate but equal,” created remarkably little stir when the justices announced their near-unanimous decision on May 18, 1896. Yet it is one of the most compelling and dramatic stories of the nineteenth century, whose outcome embraced and p...
Cost: Free - $10

CYCLORAMA: THE BIG PICTURE OPENING WEEKEND

Saturday February 23, 2019 10:00 am EST
 

ADVANCE TICKETS  

Due to capacity and the timed audio-visual presentation on the viewing platform, we highly recommend securing advance tickets to view the painting. Reserved tickets are valid for the date and time selected, but visitors are encouraged to spend time in the exhibition before and ...
Cost: $5 - $31.50

Poetry Out Loud, Metro Atlanta #2 Regional Competition

Sunday February 17, 2019 01:00 pm EST
Cost: Free

Homeschool Day: Atlanta and Civil Rights Movement

Thursday February 7, 2019 10:30 am EST
Cost: Free - $8.50

Poetry Out Loud, Metro Atlanta Regional Competition

Saturday February 2, 2019 01:00 pm EST
Poetry Out Loud program driven competition to educate highschool students about various forms of poetry.
Cost: Free

Keith Dunnavant, Spy Pilot: Francis Gary Powers, The U-2 Incident, and a Controversial Cold War Legacy

Monday January 28, 2019 08:00 pm EST
Presented by CIBC Private Wealth Management lecture led by Keith Dunnavant discussing his novel. 
Cost: Free to $10

Martin Luther King JR. Day: Free Admission at Atlanta History Center and Atlanta History Center Midtown

Monday January 21, 2019 10:00 am EST
Free admission to Atlanta History Center and Atlanta History Center Midtown in honor of Martin Luther King Day.
Cost: Free

Brad Meltzer, The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington

Friday January 11, 2019 07:00 pm EST
Presented by CIBC Private Wealth Management, author Brad Meltzer and documentary television producer Josh Mensch lead discussion of their novel.
Cost: $35 - $40

Candlelight Nights - December 21, 2018

Friday December 21, 2018 05:30 pm EST
Experience Christmas past with a candlelit stroll through our beautifully decorated gardens and grounds, and be transported into the warm glow of the holidays. Guests are welcomed by a lively Christmas Market filled with local crafts and artisanal creations. Holiday traditions of years past come ali...
Cost: $9-$21.50

Candlelight Nights

Friday December 14, 2018 05:30 pm EST
Experience Christmas past with a candlelit stroll through our beautifully decorated gardens and grounds, and be transported into the warm glow of the holidays. Guests are welcomed by a lively Christmas Market filled with local crafts and artisanal creations. Holiday traditions of years past come ali...
Cost: $9-$21.50

Candlelight Nights - December 14, 2018

Friday December 14, 2018 05:30 pm EST
Share your holiday wish list with Santa Claus and shop in the lively Holiday Market filled with local crafts, artist creations, and vintage holiday decor
Cost: $20.00

Magic Monday: Happy Holidays

Monday December 10, 2018 10:00 am EST
Celebrate the holidays at the Atlanta History Center with making ornaments, and holiday stories and sing-alongs
Cost: $6.50

Party with the Past: Global Mall

Thursday December 6, 2018 06:30 pm EST
Visit the first indoor South Asian Mall in North America
Cost: Free

Homeschool Day: Home for the Holidays

Sunday December 2, 2018 10:30 am EST
Learn about cultural customs, traditions, iconic images, and the origins of holiday pastimes
Cost: $8.50

History on the Rocks

Friday November 30, 2018 06:00 pm EST
Explore the museum and Smith Family Farm
Cost: $15

Todd Richards, Soul: A Chef's Culinary Evolution in 150 Recipes

Thursday November 29, 2018 07:00 pm EST
Black American soul food chef
Cost: $10

Anne Byrn, American Cookie

Wednesday November 28, 2018 07:00 pm EST
America's baking history
Cost: $15

Opening Day? Locomotion: Railroads and the Making of Atlanta

Saturday November 17, 2018 10:00 am EST
New railroad exhibition
Cost: $10

B.A. Shapiro, The Collector's Apprentice

Wednesday November 14, 2018 07:00 pm EST
Historical art thriller about love and vengence
Cost: $10

Stephen Carter, Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America's Most Powerful Mobster

Tuesday November 13, 2018 07:00 pm EST
Moving, haunting, and as fast-paced as a novel, Invisible tells the true story of a woman who often found her path blocked by the social and political expectations of her time. But Eunice Carter never accepted defeat, and thanks to her grandson’s remarkable book, her long forgotten story is once aga...
Cost: $10

Magic Monday: Farm Fun

Monday November 12, 2018 10:00 am EST
Visit the Smith Family Farm
Cost: $6.50

Veterans Day Commemoration

Sunday November 11, 2018 11:00 am EST
100th anniversary of WWI armistice
Cost: Free

Winston Groom, The Allies: Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin, and the Unlikely Alliance That Won WWII

Thursday November 8, 2018 08:00 pm EST
The story of Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin
Cost: $10

Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos)

Monday October 29, 2018 05:00 pm EDT
Mexican Day of the Dead celebration
Cost: Free

Carla Hall in conversation with Gail O?Neill, Carla Hall?s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration

Friday October 26, 2018 07:00 pm EDT
Soul food and classic dishes
Cost: $40

James Scott, Rampage: MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila

Thursday October 25, 2018 08:00 pm EDT
Recounting the Pacific war
Cost: $10

Party with the Past: Flatiron Building

Thursday October 25, 2018 06:30 pm EDT
Spotlight on the restoration of FlatironCity
Cost: Free

CRISTEN CONGER AND CAROLINE ERVIN, UNLADYLIKE: A FIELD GUIDE TO SMASHING THE PATRIARCHY AND CLAIMING YOUR SPACE

Tuesday October 16, 2018 07:00 pm EDT
Get tickets here
Cost: $10

Storytelling Saturday featuring Carmen Agra Deedy

Saturday August 11, 2018 10:00 am EDT
Join us for an author event perfect for the whole family! This fun-filled program will include two, 45-minute storytelling sessions with Carmen, complete with a book signing, art making workshops, and family friendly tours of iNUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South. 

 

Cost: $10-$15

Seeking Eden

Tuesday July 31, 2018 10:00 am EDT
Georgia’s historic gardens are showcased to raise awareness and appreciation of our state’s rich tradition of gardening and garden designs. Through Dec. 31.
Cost: Free-$13

ATL Collective presents: Sounds of Muscle Shoals

Saturday July 21, 2018 08:00 pm EDT
Doors open at 6:30

Each month, ATL Collective picks a classic album and collectively covers the track list in sequence, often complimenting the performance with multi-media presentations about the album and the historical/cultural context of its release.  

ATL Collective and Atlanta History Cent...
Cost: $44

Sandra Gutierrez in Conversation with Virginia Willis, The New Southern Latino Table

Tuesday July 17, 2018 07:00 pm EDT
In The New Southern Latino Table, bicultural cook Sandra Gutierrez blends ingredients, traditions, and culinary techniques, marrying the diverse and delicious cuisines of more than twenty Latin American countries with the food of the American South. Gutierrez is a food personality, expert on Latin A...
Cost: $10-$15

An Evening with India Hicks, A Slice of England

Thursday July 12, 2018 07:00 pm EDT
Designer India Hick's explores her British heritage and how she has expressed it in her newly finished English country house in Oxfordshire. Enriched with witty and tender stories of Hick's life growing up as British and design royalty, this is a book about the power of houses with family history. 
Cost: $25-$30

Sydney Isenberg Lecture: Kelly Corrigan, Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I'm Learning to Say

Tuesday July 10, 2018 08:00 pm EDT
It's a crazy idea: trying to name the phrases that make love and connection possible. But that's just what Kelly Corrigan has set out to do here. In Tell Me More, she's back with a personal, honest, and hilarious examination of the essential phrases that turn the wheel of life.  Dessert reception ...
Cost: $10-$15

Sydney Isenberg Lecture: Kelly Corrigan, Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I'm Learning to Say

Tuesday July 10, 2018 08:00 pm EDT
It's a crazy idea: trying to name the phrases that make love and connection possible. But that's just what Kelly Corrigan has set out to do here. In Tell Me More, she's back with a personal, honest, and hilarious examination of the essential phrases that turn the wheel of life.  Dessert reception ...
Cost: $10-$15

Members Perk: Night at the Museum

Friday June 15, 2018 06:00 pm EDT
Come one, come all to the biggest Night at the Museum yet. The entire campus will be open for this members-only event. Interact with interpreters at Smith Family Farm and Swan House, and enjoy crafts for all ages. Food will be available for purchase, and a cash bar will be open.
Cost: Free

Joseph Ferling, Apostles of Revolution: Jefferson, Paine, Monroe, and the Struggle Against the Old Order in America and Europe

Tuesday June 12, 2018 08:00 pm EDT
Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, and James Monroe were in the vanguard of revolutionary ideas in the eighteenth century. Each wished for profound changes in the political and social fabric of pre-1776 America and hoped the American Revolution would spark republican and egalitarian revolutions through...
Cost: $10-$15

The Sweet Auburn Legacy Gala

Thursday June 7, 2018 06:30 pm EDT
<br>Sweet Auburn Annual Gala “Preserving the Legacy” The Sweet Auburn Legacy Gala is the third annual fundraising event for Sweet Auburn Works (SAW). SAW is a nonprofit organization that is leading the preservation-based cultural and economic resurgence of Auburn Avenue. The event wi...
Cost: Varies

The Sweet Auburn Legacy Gala - June 7, 2018

Thursday June 7, 2018 06:30 pm EDT
Sweet Auburn Annual Gala “Preserving the Legacy” The Sweet Auburn Legacy Gala is the third annual fundraising event for Sweet Auburn Works (SAW).

SAW is a nonprofit organization that is leading the preservation-based cultural and economic resurgence of Auburn Avenue.

The event will recognize pr...
Cost: Free
130 West Paces Ferry Road N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 814-4000
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Tourist Attraction,Art Gallery
Hours
Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Sunday: 12:00 – 5:30 PM