Lincoln’s Gamble: The Tumultuous Six Months That Gave America the Emancipation Proclamation and Changed the Course of the Civil War is a riveting account of the 180 days leading up to the signing of one of America’s most historic documents, as seen through the eyes of our most popular and enigmatic president: the ever-fascinating Abraham Lincoln.
The Atlanta History Center offers a variety of lectures throughout the year showcasing award-winning authors who share insight into their latest publication. Books are available for purchase in the Atlanta History Center Museum Shop during lectures and a book signing follows each Aiken, Elson, and Livingston lecture. View lectures presented at the Margaret Mitchell House, our Midtown campus.
Admission for all lectures is $5 members, $10 nonmembers, and free to AHC Insiders unless otherwise noted. Reservations are required, please call 404.814.4150 or reserve tickets online. All lecture ticket purchases are nonrefundable.
If you are an Insiders member ($500 Patron level and above), please email your reservation request to Insiders@AtlantaHistoryCenter.com or call 404.814.4101.
- Audience:Interests:Sep 10 2015 - 8:00pm
- Interests:Sep 14 2015 - 7:00pm
Twenty-three years after the fateful summer of 1990, Trevor Riddell recalls the events surrounding his fourteenth birthday, when he gets his first glimpse of the infamous Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant whole trees and is set on a huge estate overlooking Seattle’s Puget Sound.
- Interests:Sep 17 2015 - 7:00pm
Karen Abbott illuminates one of the most fascinating yet little known aspects of the Civil War: the stories of four courageous women – a socialite, a farmgirl, an abolitionist, and a widow – who were spies.
- Interests:Sep 18 2015 - 8:00pm
Thurgood Marshall brought down the separate-but-equal doctrine, integrated schools, and not only fought for human rights and human dignity, but also made them impossible to deny in the courts and in the streets. In this stunning new biography, award-winning author Wil Haygood details the life and career of one of the most transformative legal minds of the past one hundred years.
- Interests:Sep 28 2015 - 7:30pm
Join First Lady Sandra Deal, her co-authors, Dr. Jennifer Dickey and Dr. Catherine Lewis, and members of Georgia's first families for a lively evening of storytelling about life in Georgia's most public house. The evening will be filled with behind-the-scenes stories of what it is like to live in the Georgia Governor's Mansion, first occupied by the family of Lester Maddox in 1968. The event will be followed by a book signing of their newest book, Memories of the Mansion: The Story of Georgia's Governor’s Mansion.
- Interests:Oct 1 2015 - 8:00pm
Thousands of Nazis — from concentration camp guards to high-level officers in the Third Reich — came to the United States after World War II and quietly settled into new lives. They had little trouble getting in. With scant scrutiny, many gained entry on their own as self-styled war "refugees," their pasts easily disguised and their war crimes soon forgotten. But some had help and protection from the U.S. government. The CIA, the FBI, and the military all put Hitler's minions to work as spies, intelligence assets, and leading scientists and engineers, whitewashing their histories.
- Oct 5 2015 - 7:00pm
It Makes Me Think: Our Stories About Reentry is a play, written and performed by four formerly incarcerated women, and is produced by Reforming Arts, a nonprofit organization that brings arts and higher education opportunities to women in Georgia’s criminal justice system. The Theatre Reentry Project program aims to help recently released women return to society by building upon the work they do within Reforming Arts’ higher education program at Lee Arrendale State Prison.
- Interests:Oct 6 2015 - 7:00pm
Imagine undergoing an operation without anesthesia performed by a surgeon who refuses to sterilize his tools – or even wash his hands. This was the world of medicine when Thomas Dent Mütter began his trailblazing career as a plastic surgeon in Philadelphia during the middle of the nineteenth century. Brilliant, outspoken, and brazenly handsome, Mütter was flamboyant in every aspect of his life and amassed an immense collection of medical oddities that would later form the basis of Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum.
- Interests:Oct 7 2015 - 6:00pm
Donald Miller discusses his book Masters of the Air and the process of bringing its contents to the television screen for a ten-part series on HBO, produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, that depicts the heroism and courage of young Americans in the Eighth Air Force in their struggle to defeat Hitler’s Germany.
- Interests:Oct 8 2015 - 7:00pm
Paul Theroux has spent fifty years crossing the globe, adventuring in the exotic, seeking the rich history and folklore of the far away. Now, for the first time, in his tenth travel book, Theroux explores a piece of America – the Deep South. He finds there a paradoxical place, full of incomparable music, unparalleled cuisine, and yet also some of the nation’s worst schools, housing, and unemployment rates. It’s these parts of the South, so often ignored, that have caught Theroux’s keen traveler’s eye.