When George Hodgman, an unlikely caretaker and near-lethal cook, leaves Manhattan for his hometown of Paris, Missouri, he finds himself in a head-on collision with his aging mother, Betty. Will George lure this woman of wit and will into assisted living? When hell freezes over.
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:May 4 2016 - 8:00pm
- Interests:May 5 2016 - 8:00pm
Conventional wisdom dictates that the U.S. entered World War II in retaliation for the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 8, 1941. However, in 1941: Fighting the Shadow War, historian Marc Wortman reveals the ways in which America played an increasingly significant and clandestine role in the years prior to officially joining the battle.
- Interests:May 18 2016 - 7:00pm
In 1895, at age 60, Mark Twain was broke and miserable -- his recent novels had been critical and commercial failures, and he had gone bankrupt running a publishing company. His wife made him promise to pay back every debt, so Twain embarked on an around-the-world comedy lecture tour that would take him from dusty Western small towns to faraway lands such as India, South Africa and Australia.
- Interests:May 24 2016 - 8:00pm
Every president has had some experience as a parent. Of the 43 men who have served in the nation’s highest office, 38 have fathered biological children and the other five adopted children. Each president’s parenting style reveals much about his beliefs as well as his psychological make-up. James Garfield enjoyed jumping on the bed with his kids. FDR’s children, on the other hand, had to make appointments to talk to him.
- Interests:May 26 2016 - 7:00pm
When her friend and roommate disappears from their Chicago apartment, Quinn Collins is left searching for answers. Instead, what she finds among Esther Vaughn’s possessions is a letter addressed to “My Dearest” that only provides more questions and leaves Quinn wondering if she knew her friend at all.
- Interests:May 31 2016 - 8:00pm
From Pulitzer Prize–winning American historian Joseph J. Ellis, the unexpected story of why the 13 colonies, having just fought off the imposition of a distant centralized governing power, would decide to subordinate themselves anew.
- Interests:Jun 9 2016 - 7:00pm
Dorothea Benton Frank novels burst with soulful, edgy fiction about realistic characters who explore the most deeply felt moments of life with wry humor and heart.
- Interests:Jun 16 2016 - 8:00pm
If You Can Keep It is an analysis of the ideas of liberty and freedom that America was built around and the dire effect it will have on our country if we lose sight of these ideas. Eric Metaxas asserts that the American people have forgotten what it takes to maintain the world’s most successful democracy and that it’s time that we rededicate ourselves to the ideas that the founding fathers set forth in 1787.
- Interests:Jun 21 2016 - 7:00pm
Born in Alabama, Paula Vauss spent the first decade of her life on the road with her free-spirited young mother, Kai, an itinerant storyteller who blended Hindu mythology with southern oral tradition to reinvent their history as they roved. But everything changed, including Paula’s birth name Kali Jai, when she told a story of her own — one that landed Kai in prison and Paula in foster care.