Atlanta Historical Society, Inc.

aka Atlanta History Center   |   Atlanta, GA   |  https://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/

Mission

Atlanta History Center (AHC) seeks to connect people, history and culture. Through its extensive collections, facilities, programs, exhibitions, and publications, AHC seeks to preserve and interpret historical subjects pertaining to Atlanta and its environs and present subjects of interest to Atlanta’s diverse audiences.

Ruling year info

1944

Principal Officer

Mr. Sheffield Hale

Main address

130 West Paces Ferry Road NW

Atlanta, GA 30305 USA

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EIN

58-0566162

NTEE code info

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

History Museums (A54)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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The Atlanta History Center seeks to preserve Atlanta's history, and connect people, history, and culture.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

School Tours and Educational Outreach

At the heart of what Atlanta History Center (AHC) does is service to more than 40,000 Atlanta students annually through on-site and off-site education programs. These programs are created to meet state education standards and cover a variety of themes, including Native American history, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the World Wars, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Vietnam War.

Each offering teaches history in an immersive way, allowing students to experience things like a Civil War soldier’s camp, a Freedom Ride, and Cherokee oral storytelling traditions through a combination of theatrical performances, artifacts, historic buildings, and hands-on activities. AHC also administers Poetry Out Loud for the state of Georgia, in partnership with Georgia Council for the Arts.

This year marks the fifth consecutive year of growth in free school tours served to Title I school students, in alignment with AHC’s strategic initiative of Inclusivity (serving an audience that is truly representative of the demographics of Metro Atlanta). More than 50% of students who participated in AHC education programs last year received free or discounted program access.

Population(s) Served

The Atlanta History Center's public and family programs offer the local community inter-generational activities to explore history and culture. These programs include thematic free admission days, family festivals, toddler reading events, and home school days. Signature family programs include Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Juneteenth, Dia de Muertos, and Candlelight Nights.

Population(s) Served

Started in 1995, the Veterans History Project records, collects, and shares oral histories and archival materials from veterans, so that future generations better appreciate the realities of war and the sacrifices made by those who serve in uniform. Participation in the project is free, and consists of a one to two-hour interview conducted in a professional-grade recording studio, facilitated by experienced staff and veteran volunteers. All interviewees receive a free DVD and digital file of their interviews to keep and share afterwards. In addition, interviewees can grant permission to send a copy of their interview to the Library of Congress, and for the Atlanta History Center to catalog, transcribe, and make the interview available online for students and researchers. Interviewees may also donate photographs, documents, and artifacts to accompany their story for preservation in the History Center’s archives.

Population(s) Served

The Kenan Research Center is a free public archive and research facility that collects primary and secondary source materials that convey the history and culture of Atlanta and the American south. The 42,000 square foot library possesses over 15,000 cubic feet of records, including 33,000 published volumes, more than 2,000 manuscript and photograph collections, and 7,800 rolls of microfilm. The center includes special libraries including the Cherokee Garden Library of southern gardening, botany, landscape design and agriculture; the Philip T. Shutze and Harvey M. Smith libraries of architecture, decorative arts and design; and the H. Ross Arnold Jr. Library of genealogical and family history material of the American Southeast.

Population(s) Served

Each year, 50 to 60 authors visit the Atlanta History Center to talk about their latest work. Top new releases in popular nonfiction and literary fiction are well-represented, with a mix of bestselling and niche authors. Recent speakers include Ruth Reichl, Colson Whitehead, Rick Atkinson, Sean Brock, and Frances Mayes.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

American Association of Museums - 10 Year Accreditation 2007

Affiliations & memberships

American Association of Museums - Member 1993

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

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Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Atlanta Historical Society, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 3/26/2020
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