Mission: The organization's primary purpose is to collect, preserve, and disseminate information about atlanta, georgia, and its environs. The mission of the organization is to connect people, history, and culture through the commitment of building a stronger community through the process of life-long civic education. Exhibitions and collections; historic houses and gardens; archives and research facilities; schools and public programs all encourage our constituents to consider the past in a dynamic, participatory context while promoting the values of democracy and civic participation. The atlanta history center includes the atlanta history museum, featuring permanent, temporary and traveling exhibitions; three historic houses - swan house, smith family farm, margaret mitchell house; kenan research center archives and library; the wood family cabin; veterans park; and 22 acres of historic gardens. A variety of history, education, and life enrichment programs are offered throughout the year. Adm
Programs: The atlanta history center is a unique campus that houses the atlanta history museum, centennial olympic games museum, swan house, smith family farm, olga de goizueta gardens, and the kenan research center. The atlanta history center also includes the margaret mitchell house, located off-site at our midtown campus. The atlanta history museum at the atlanta history center is one of the largest history museums in the nation, featuring award-winning signature exhibitions that tell the story of the region's people, from its earliest settlers to the international city of today. The centennial olympic games museum at the atlanta history center opened in 2006 in celebration of the ten year anniversary of the 1996 centennial olympic games. The atlanta history center features the olga de goizueta gardens representing georgia's distinctive flora, both native and introduced. Each garden tells the story of a particular group of people who interacted with this land and its plants in distinguishable ways. The atlanta history center also operates three historic houses, all listed on the national register of historic places. The smith family farm and the swan house, both located at our buckhead campus, take visitors back in time to explore the lifestyles of atlantans from the 1860s through the 1930s. Our third historic property, the margaret mitchell house, is located on a two-acre site in the heart of midtown atlanta with four properties, including the house and apartment where margaret mitchell wrote her pulitzer prize-winning novel gone with the wind; visitors center and exhibition gallery; and, gone with the wind movie museum. For historians looking to do their own research, the kenan research center at the atlanta history center is a free public research center offering a multitude of resources for the study of atlanta and southern regional history and culture, with dedicated collections on decorative arts, genealogy, military history, and southern gardens. Copies of historic photographs, prints, maps, and other archival images can be purchased through the kenan research center. The atlanta history center served 298,911 people either on-campus or off-campus throughout the year.
throughout the year, we bring history to life across both campuses - atlanta history center and margaret mitchell house - through a variety of exhibitions; meet the past museum theatre programming; ongoing author programming and lecture series; toddler programs; homeschool days; summer camps; genealogy and research workshops; monthly family festivals, including sheep to shawl, fall folklife festival, and candlelight nights; and award-winning school tours that served 58,020 school children.