Winston Churchill once said, “History is inescapable; it studies the past and the legacies of the past in the present. It connects things through time and encourages its students to take a long view of such connections. All people and peoples are living histories.” The Atlanta History Center preserves and interprets subjects affecting the lives of our diverse city. On their website, you’ll see an open invitation to come make history.
“City Lights” host Lois Reitzes spoke via zoom with the History Center’s CEO Sheffield Hale and with the museum’s head of market and brand experience Ryan Nix Glenn about their digital programming.
“Our mission is to provide that information we have in our archives and deliver it to people so that they can learn more about their city and connect to each other and make a better community,” Hale said.
Some new programs the History Center has launched are:
- Corona Collective- they’ve asked readers to share their photos, essays, shopping lists, school assignments, etc. — materials they can send digitally that capture this historic time. When it’s safe, they’ll also collect items that can’t be sent digitally.
- Virtual Author Talks– Their 20-talk spring author series had to be canceled, but they’ve launched a five-part free series via Zoom with authors. Their next talk will take place on April 28 at 7 p.m.; it’s free and open to the public.
- They’ve partnered with nearly a dozen Atlanta peer museums and attractions to launch ATL Museums @ Home– a collaborative effort centered around #FieldTripFridays. Each Friday, they post fun, educational material on their website and social media pages.
Correction: The original image with this story showed the old Grant Park Cyclorama. It has been updated.