Beneficiary

The Atlanta History Center

Founded in 1926, the Atlanta History Center is a 91-year-old, not-for-profit institution that seeks to connect people, history and culture through a variety of experiences and resources. Located on 33 acres in the heart of Buckhead, the Atlanta History Center features award-winning exhibitions; the Kenan Research Center; historic houses, including the Wood Family Cabin, Smith Family Farm and Swan House; and enchanting gardens, interactive activities and a variety of year-round adult and family programs.  

Over the past five years, the Atlanta History Center has been on an accelerated path to enhance the visitor experience in every way. A newly expanded atrium has transformed the Atlanta History Center’s West Paces Ferry entrance into a recognizable and inviting entrance and provided an opportunity for a new Museum Shop and Souper Jenny Café —a warm and eclectic space offering a twist on the traditional museum dining and shopping experience, fused with an independent bookstore atmosphere. And opening in fall 2018, the new Atlanta Cyclorama experience in the Lloyd and Mary Ann Whitaker Cyclorama Building will enhance the visitor experience, and make this a one-stop shop for history. 

Each year, the History Center serves more than 50,000 school children through class field trips or classroom outreach by Atlanta History Center education staff.  Visitors to the History Center get hands-on with history throughout the Atlanta History Museum, historic houses and 22 acres of Goizueta Gardens. And everyone has the opportunity to Meet the Past every Saturday and Sunday through a variety of museum theatre performances in our new signature exhibition Gatheround: Stories of Atlanta.

The Atlanta History Center’s approach to storytelling creates a special space for dialogue, discovery, and meaning that gives rise to a multidimensional, shared understanding of our city.