Atlanta History Center Complementary Programs and Free Admission Weekends for Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: How the Word is Passed Down

February 1 through July 7, 2013

Atlanta, GA. – In conjunction with the traveling exhibition, Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: How the Word is Passed Down, the Atlanta History presents a variety of accompanying programs scheduled throughout the run of the show, February 1 – July 7, 2013.

From education and family programs to museum theater performances and a series of dedicated genealogy programs, guests of all ages examine the key themes associated with the exhibition, such as ancestry and social and political history. For more information on the exhibition or the accompanying programs, please visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Monticello.

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: How the Word is Passed Down was organized by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello in partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and is presented locally by Bank of America. Additional local support provided by Friends of The Lovett School, Kilpatrick Townsend, Duvall and Rex Fuqua, and H.J. Russell & Company.

COMPLEMENTARY PROGRAMS

Unless otherwise noted, the following programs are included with cost of general admission. For more information about any of these programs, please call 404.814.4000 or visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Monticello.

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 

  • February 16 & 17
  • March 16 & 17
  • April 20 & 21
  • May 18 & 19
  • June 15 & 16

GENEALOGY PROGRAMS

A selection of workshops and lectures centered on African American genealogy will be offered at on-site and off-site facilities to encourage family research.

AHC Genealogy Program

Working Together for the Good: How Written and Oral Sources Support the African American Story

Saturday, March 23, 2013

1:00 - 3:30 pm

Location: Atlanta History Center

Dianne Swann-Wright, historian of Monticello’s Getting Word oral history project traces the work she conducted over nearly twenty years that gave voice to the enslaved people of Monticello and documented the lives of their descendants. Learn how oral and written sources can support and sustain the African American historic narrative. Dr. Swann-Wright shares how she used documents and oral history interviews to re-create a world in which African Americans left few written records, but passed down many spoken stories and oral traditions. 

This lecture is free to the public. Reservations are required; call 404.814.4150 or reserve online at AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Genealogy.

Aiken Lecture

Tony Burroughs, Black Roots: A Beginner’s Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

8:00 pm

Location: Atlanta History Center

Author and leading African American genealogist Tony Burroughs discusses his bestselling book, Black Roots: A Beginner’s Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree. Discover how to trace, document, record, and write your family's history with this easy-to-read, step-by-step authoritative guide. Black Roots highlights some of the special problems, solutions, and sources unique to African Americans.

Tony Burroughs taught genealogy at Chicago State University for fifteen years. He researched Olympic Gold Medal sprint champion Michael Johnson’s family history and consulted on the Reverend Al Sharpton-Strom Thurmond genealogy; the Oprah Winfrey genealogy; African American Lives2; Ancestry.com, and more. Burroughs is first Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Genealogical Society.

Admission for lectures is $5 members, $10 nonmembers, and free to AHC Insiders unless otherwise noted; reservations are required; call 404.814.4150 or reserve online at AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Lectures.

Support:Aiken Lecture Series is supported by Lucy Rucker Aiken FoundationAdditional funding provided by the Georgia Genealogical Society and the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Metro Atlanta Chapter.

AHC Genealogy Program

Passed Down: Recovering & Telling Family History through Photographs; featuring Dr. Deborah Willis, Photographer, Historian & Curator

Saturday, April 20, 2013

6:00 pm

Location: Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum

Often, when loved ones make their transition, family members are left with a collection of photographs they know, intuitively, is important. Frequently, however, what they do not know are the names of individuals, places and historical periods documented in the images; thus, large segments of family history are lost forever.  During this program, Award-winning photographer and historian Dr. Deborah Willis discusses photographs as important primary resources—instructing the audience on how to use them to research critical family information and history. Also, learn valuable information on how to properly care for and preserve photograph collections for family enjoyment now and generations from now.

This program is free to the public; limited seating available. Reservations are required, please call 404.658.7625.

AHC Genealogy Program

A Tale of Two Cemeteries: Reading the Cultural Landscape of African American Burial Grounds

Saturday, April 20, 2013

10:00 am - Noon

Location: South-View Cemetery

This guided walking tour focuses on the interpretation of historical and cultural information found on gravestones and in the cultural landscape of two 19thcentury Atlanta cemeteries. Dr. D L Henderson leads genealogical explorations of South-View Cemetery, established by African Americans in 1886.  

Dr. D L Henderson is a historian and genealogist whose current research and writing focuses on the intersection of history, memory, and culture in African American ancestral landscapes. Henderson is the historian for South-View Cemetery and serves on the advisory boards of the Historic South-View Preservation Foundation and the Historic Oakland Foundation.

Admission for this walking tour is $10. This program is suited for ages 10 and older. Space is limited to 20 persons. Reservations are required; call 404.814.4150 or reserve online at AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Genealogy.

All proceeds benefit the Historic South-View Preservation Foundation and the Historic Oakland Foundation.

 

AHC Genealogy Program

A Tale of Two Cemeteries: Reading the Cultural Landscape of African American Burial Grounds

Saturday, April 27, 2013

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Oakland Cemetery

This guided walking tour focuses on the interpretation of historical and cultural information found on gravestones and in the cultural landscape of two 19thcentury Atlanta cemeteries. Dr. D L Henderson leads genealogical explorations of the historic African American burial ground in Oakland Cemetery, established by the City of Atlanta in 1850.  

Dr. D L Henderson is a historian and genealogist whose current research and writing focuses on the intersection of history, memory, and culture in African American ancestral landscapes. Henderson is the historian for South-View Cemetery and serves on the advisory boards of the Historic South-View Preservation Foundation and the Historic Oakland Foundation.

Admission for this walking tour is $10. This program is suited for ages 10 and older. Space is limited to 20 persons. Reservations are required; call 404.814.4150 or reserve online at AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Genealogy.

All proceeds benefit the Historic South-View Preservation Foundation and the Historic Oakland Foundation.

 

AHC Genealogy Program

The Bremen Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum genealogy program

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Location: The Bremen Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum

Save the date for this special genealogy program sponsored by the Jewish Genealogy Society of Georgia and presented by Bennett Greenspan and his company Family Tree DNA. For further program details and reservation instructions, please follow AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Genealogy.

 

AHC Genealogy Program

A Family History Conference

Saturday, May 18, 2013

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location: Atlanta History Center

A full day of genealogy sessions designed to help you climb the branches of your family tree. Keynote address will be offered by Dr. Larry Spruill of Morehouse College. Sessions cover a wide variety of topics including African-American genealogy, general interest genealogy, genealogy courses for youth, and more.

This conference is free to the public. Reservations are required; for further details, reservation instructions, or to view the conference schedule, please follow AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Genealogy.

Support:Conference support provided by FamilySearch, the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, and others.

 

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

Fridays in February

Students experience African American history, culture, and achievements through exhibitions, live performances, living history interpreters, and hands-on activities.  Four days of programming include A Day in the Life of a Slave; From Slave to Soldier: The African American Experience during the Civil War; Early Fight for civil Rights: The African American Experience Leading to Civil Rights Movement; and The Civil Rights Movement.

Admission is $8 per student; one adult admitted free for every10 students; Title I schools receive a discounted rate of $6 per student. Reservations are required.  For more information, call 404.814.4110 or visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/SchoolTours.

Fight for Your Rights: The History of African American Progress

Through this new immersive school program, students participate in historical simulations that employ museum theatre, real-time decision making, and role play around pivotal events as they experience what it takes to stand together in the quest for racial equality form post-Civil War through civil rights.

Admission is $8 per student; one adult admitted free for every10 students; Title I schools receive a discounted rate of $6 per student. For more information, visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/SchoolTours.

HISTORY MATTERS EXPERIENCE

History Matters: Four Days of Fury: Atlanta 1906

Fridays, February 15 and 22:  6:30 pm, 8:00 pm

Saturdays, February 16 and 23: 5:00 pm, 6:30 pm, 8:00 pm

Sundays, February 17 and 24: 2:00 pm, 3:30 pm, 5:00 pm

The Atlanta History Center presents a unique and immersive experience designed to take visitors back in time. Four Days of Fury: Atlanta 1906, by resident playwright Addae Moon, involves audiences in the ideas, debates, emotions, and perspectives that led to the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot – a pivotal, yet unfamiliar event in Atlanta’s history. Participants dive into the past as trailblazing African American journalist J. Max Barber guides visitors through a provocative gallery-based theater experience that explores the headlines, people, and events of one of the city’s seminal episodes of race and memory. Facilitated discussions following the performances help visitors understand why history matters and how it has shaped our community today.

This theatre experience is recommended for ages sixteen and up, based on language and sensitive subject matter. Visitors who take advantage of the experience should understand this is an immersive encounter with history that is challenging and provocative, yet stimulating, inspiring, and motivating as well.

There is limited capacity per performance and reservations are required. Admission is $10 for Atlanta History Center members, $15 nonmembers. Reserve your tickets by phone at 404.814.4150 or online at AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/HistoryMatters.

This History Matters production is the first in a series of gallery-based offerings using museum theatre to explore the diversity of Atlanta’s past, present, and future, which seeks to literally place visitors inside history to learn why it matters to our community today.

 

FESTIVAL DAYS

Struggles and Strides: The Early Fight for Civil Rights

Saturday, February 23, 2013

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Struggles and Strides is designed to both educate and entertain guests of all ages and interests as they examine pivotal points in our nation’s history. In honor of Black History Month, this program focuses on the African American Experience from the Great Migration to the Civil Rights Movement.

Throughout the program guests may see engaging performances, enjoy interactive activities, hear a firsthand account from members of the Atlanta Student Movement, and learn how American culture was influenced.

 

Citizens and Soldiers: The American Civil War

Saturday, March 16, 2013

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

The commemoration of the Civil War sesquicentennial continues through reenactments, weapon demonstrations, homefront activities and soldier encampment on our 1860s Smith Family Farm, and tours of our award-winning Turning Point: The American Civil War exhibition. This program is free as part of Bank of America Free Admission Weekends.

 

Sheep to Shawl

Saturday, April 13, 2013

10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Gather the entire family for a full day of engaging activities, including demonstrations of sheep shearing, spinning, weaving, open-hearth cooking, blacksmithing, candle making, storytelling, traditional music, and much more at the 1860s Smith Family Farm.

 

Military Timeline

Saturday, May 25, 2013

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Spend a day in the company of veterans and hear their stories of wartime through personal accounts and memorabilia. Living history interpreters represent soldiers of previous wars by showing authentic dress, equipment, and vehicles.

Juneteenth: The First Day of Freedom

Saturday, June 15, 2013

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

This celebration focuses on the appreciation, reconciliation, and commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. This program is free as part of Bank of America Free Admission Weekends.

TEACHER WORKSHOP

Summer Institute on Slavery, June 2013

This week-long course for teachers will feature well-known scholars and experts on the subject. With an emphasis on primary and secondary resources, teachers will be given the tools to work with students of all ages in this often difficult subject. For more information on enrollment cost and procedures, visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Teachers.

 

 

About Us

The Atlanta History Center is an all-inclusive destination featuring the Atlanta History Museum; two historic houses, 1928 Swan House and 1860 Smith Family Farm; the Centennial Olympic Games Museum; Kenan Research Center; Grand Overlook event space; Chick-Fil-A at the Coca-Cola Café, a museum shop, and the Goizueta Gardens, featuring 22 acres of gardens, walkways, paths and trails. In addition, the History Center operates the Margaret Mitchell House located in Midtown Atlanta.