AHC Explores The American Civil War Through Eyes of Citizens and Soldiers

Family Program Invites Guests to Experience Home Front Activities, Encampments, Reenactments and Demonstrations


The Atlanta History Center’s commemoration of the Civil War sesquicentennial continues with the family friendly program, Citizens and Soldiers.

Experience home front activities, encampments, reenactments and demonstrations on the 1860s Smith Family Farm, and enjoy tours of the museum’s award-winning Civil War exhibition, Turning Point: The American Civil War.


Saturday, March 16, 2013Program is from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm


Atlanta History Center; 130 West Paces Ferry Road; Atlanta, GA


404.814.4000; AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Family


This program is presented in conjunction with Bank of America Free Admission Weekends.

On the third weekend (Saturday and Sunday) of each month, February – June 2013, ALL guests receive FREE admission to the Atlanta History Center including Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: How the Word is Passed Down


Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of Fulton County Arts Council.


● Meet the Past; experience gallery based character performances in the museum and at the farm

Discover the trials and triumphs of individuals living during the American Civil War including Citizens Carrie Berry, Celeste Smith, Jasper Smith, and a 44th Regiment soldier.

●  Firing demonstrations, enlisting and marching activities representing both Union and Confederate soldiers presented by the Armory Guard.

●   Noon at Kennedy Theater; Genealogy Program

Brad Quinlin, author and genealogist, speaks about United States Colored Troops (USCT) burial in the National Cemetery at Kennesaw. Quinlin has successfully identified several previously unknown burials. 

●  2:00 pm at Woodruff Auditorium; AHC Lecture

Steve Davis, What the Yankees Did to Us: Sherman’s Bombardment and Wrecking of Atlanta

● 2:00 pm at McElreath Hall; StoryCorps

Stop by the StoryCorps table to discover the importance of sharing your history.

●  Play dress up!

Reenactors help you to explore the clothes and don the style of 1860s.

●  Bread riot activity

●  Inflation activity

●  Cartridge rolling activity 

●  Self-guided tours of Tullie House at Smith Family Farm

●  Guided tours of award-winning exhibition, Turning Point: The American Civil War

Tours led by Senior Military Historian and curator, Dr. Gordon Jones.

●  Explore the new exhibition, Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: How the Word is Passed Down