The Atlanta History Center, located in Buckhead, is the premier museum for studying not only the history of Atlanta but also of Georgia. Begun in 1926, the museum features permanent displays regarding how Atlanta has changed over the past decades as well as temporary and traveling exhibits that pertain to special topics. Currently the museum is displaying “Metropolitan Frontiers,” an exhibit that traces Atlanta from its beginning as a railroad city to the “capitol of the South.”
Highlights from the Urban History Collection are currently on display in The Metropolitan Frontiers section. According to their website, this collection includes objects that document “the people, organizations, businesses, and developments that shaped metropolitan Atlanta, particularly in the realms of transportation, commerce, communications, sports, entertainment and culture, and the city’s educational, religious, and governmental institutions.” Since SS8H10b focuses on the development of Atlanta, including major league sports, this collection should be right on target for meeting the SS8H10 criteria. One of the history centers advertised tours for school groups, the “Atlanta: Our Changing Community” tour, is centered on the Metropolitan Frontiers exhibit. Tours are reasonably priced at $6.00 per student. Self guided tours are $5.00 per student and teachers get a free planning pass.
Reference: “The Atlanta History Center,” accessed 20 February 2011 from http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/.
214 State Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia, 30334
Located in the Georgia state capitol itself, the museum contains artifacts and documents from Georgia’s past. The museum is spread out under the dome in the hall between the senate and house chambers and covers everything Georgian, including early civilizations, geology, agriculture, physical characteristics of different regions of the state, and state symbols. There are also sections on lawmaking under the gold dome. The museum also houses a two-headed calf – a favorite of young visitors for years.
Two dioramas from the 1939 World’s Fair feature peach packing and the nearly lost enterprise of turpentine making. Turpentine making was a mainstay of the economy in southeastern and southwestern Georgia for many years.
The South Atrium contains exhibits about the governors of Georgia, the roles of the governor, and the restoration of the capitol building itself, including the famous gold dome. The House Hall’s exhibits discuss the Three Governors controversy that involved Ellis Arnall, Eugene Talmadge, and Melvin Thompson in 1947.
The first floor of the capital houses the Hall of Valor flag room. It contains eighty-two important flags from Georgia history, including flags from the Civil War, WWI and WWII.
The museum is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. Reservations are required for guided tours. Book early because tour dates fill quickly. Admission is free.
Reference: “State Capitol,” Georgia Secretary of State web page, accessed 23 February 2011 from http://www.sos.georgia.gov/archives/state_capitol/about.html.
The Delta Air Transport Heritage Museum is probably one of Atlanta’s best kept secrets. Located at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport in hangars constructed in the 1940s, the exhibits include restored aircraft, vintage flight attendant uniforms, and other Delta memorabilia. The collection also includes artifacts from airlines that Delta has merged with over the years, including Northeast, Northwest, and Pan Am. The museum is also the repository for the Delta corporate archives.
Delta Airlines actually began in the 1920s as a crop dusting company in Louisiana. They moved to Atlanta in the 1940 and have been based here there ever since. Aircraft on display include a Travel Air S6000, a Stinson SR-8E Reliant, a DC-3, an L-1011, and a B-767. The B-767, The Spirit of Delta, was purchased through a fund-raising campaign held by Delta employees in 1982 as a show of support for the airlines during a weak economic period. The 1940s-era hangar had to be specially modified to accommodate the tail of the 767. The L-1011 actually houses the museum store.
Although admission is free, donations of $5 per person are appreciated. Also, since the museum is on airport property, security is tight. You must call ahead and provide the names of everyone in your tour group and you will be required to show a photo id at the security gate.
Reference: Delta Air Transport Heritage Museum, accessed 23 February 2011 from http://www.deltamuseum.org/index.htm.
301 Cherry St. P.O. Box 4644
Macon, GA 31208
The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame may not be what you would typically consider a historic site, but it fits the Georgia Performance Standard SS8H10 b. quite well. Most of the major sports team in Georgia such as the Braves, Hawks, and Falcons all came to Georgia between the years 1945 to 1970. The major Atlanta city and Georgia leaders were responsible for their arrival and promoted the teams. In 1965, the Atlanta Falcons franchise came to Atlanta as a member of the National Football league with exclusive right to the newly built Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen also lobbied to get a Major League Baseball team for the state.
In 1966, the Milwaukee Braves moved from Wisconsin to Atlanta. Baseball great Hank Aaron, brought tourism and economic growth to the state. The Atlanta Hawks arrived to Atlanta shortly after the Braves and Falcons when former Governor Carl Sanders purchased them in 1968. The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame located in Macon, Georgia highlights the history of Georgia’s major sports teams. The price for adults is $8.00 and children are $3.50 and they are open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Reference: Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, accessed 23 February 2011 from http://gshf.org/index.html.