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.
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 26 2016 - 7:00pm
- 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.
- Jun 11 2016 - 3:30pm
Join us for an exclusive panel discussion with real-life Rosie the Riveters. Come out to hear their stories and create your own moment in history with this rare chance to meet, and thank, the women who provided an incredible service to our country.
This program is free and open to the public.
- 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.
- Interests:Jul 14 2016 - 8:00pm
The latest from presidential biographer Jean Edward Smith is a biography of George W. Bush, showing how he ignored his advisors to make key decisions himself and how these decisions were often driven by the President’s deep religious faith. The 43rd U.S. president almost single-handedly decided to invade Iraq, which Smith considers possibly the worst foreign-policy decision ever made by a president.
- Interests:Aug 18 2016 - 7:00pm
Even among the most troubled families, the Plumbs stand out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions reach a breaking point one afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo had a car accident, with a 19-year-old waitress as his passenger, that has endangered the Plumbs' joint trust fund, “The Nest,” which they are months away from receiving.
- Interests:Aug 25 2016 - 8:00pm
Winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography, Negroland is a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, and American culture. Margo Jefferson tells it through the prism of her rarefied upbringing and education among a black elite concerned with distancing itself from whites and the black generality while tirelessly measuring itself against both.
- Interests:Aug 30 2016 - 7:00pm
When the doctor pronounces "incurable cancer" and gives Bobbie Blake one year to live, she agrees to accompany her niece, Tracie, on a trip to Austria, returning to The Oasis, a ministry center for refugees that Bobbie helped start 20 years earlier. Back to where there are so many memories of love and loss.