Lectures

Author Programs

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.

  • Margaret Mitchell House Lecture
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    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.

  • Atlanta History Center Lecture
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    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.

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    Sep 1 2016 - 8:00pm

    Historic Rural Churches of Georgia presents forty-seven early houses of worship from all areas of the state. Nearly three hundred stunning color photographs capture the simple elegance of these sanctuaries and their surrounding grounds and cemeteries. Of the historic churches that have survived, many are now in various states of distress and neglect and require restoration to ensure that they will continue to stand.

  • Margaret Mitchell House Lecture
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    Sep 9 2016 - 7:00pm

    In international bestselling author Gayle’s Forman adult debut Leave Me we meet Maribeth Klein, a harried working mother who’s so busy taking care of her husband and twins, she doesn’t even realize she is having a heart attack. Afterwards she is surprised to discover that her recuperation seems to be an imposition on those who rely on her and she does the unthinkable: she packs a bag and leaves. But, as is so often the case, once we get to where we are going, we see our lives from a different perspective.

  • Atlanta History Center Lecture
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    Sep 13 2016 - 7:00pm

    The award-winning author of The Last Town on Earth delivers a riveting and elegant police procedural set in 1948 Atlanta, exploring a murder, corrupt police, and strained race relations that feels ripped from today's headlines. Responding to orders from on high, the Atlanta Police Department is forced to hire its first black officers The newly minted policemen are met with deep hostility by their white peers; they aren’t allowed to arrest white suspects, drive squad cars, or set foot in the police headquarters.

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    Sep 15 2016 - 7:00pm

    In the midst of the largest motorcycle rally in the world, a young biker is run off the road and ends up in critical condition. When Sheriff Walt Longmire and his good friend Henry Standing Bear are called to Hulett, Wyoming to investigate, things start getting complicated. As competing biker gangs; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; a military-grade vehicle donated to the tiny local police force by a wealthy entrepreneur; and Lola, a real-life femme fatale, come into play, it rapidly becomes clear that there is more to get to the bottom of at this year's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally than a bike accident.

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    Sep 19 2016 - 7:00pm

    In the years following the Civil War, Mariah Reddick, former slave to Carrie McGavock--the "Widow of the South"--has quietly built a new life for herself as a midwife to the women of Franklin, Tennessee. But when her ambitious, politically-minded grown son, Theopolis, is murdered, Mariah--no stranger to loss--finds her world once more breaking apart. How could this happen? Who wanted him dead? Mariah’s journey to uncover the truth leads her to unexpected people and forces her to confront the truths of her own path.

  • Atlanta History Center Lecture
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    Sep 29 2016 - 8:00pm

    In 1912, a young girl’s murder rocked the rural community of Forsyth County, Georgia, and led a mob of whites to lynch a black man on the town square. A month later, thousands cheered the hanging, on spurious evidence, of two black teenagers, and then set fire to the homes and churches of black farmers, field hands, and servants. Bands of night-riders declared Forsyth “whites-only” and sent 1,100 black citizens running for their lives. Whites took over their livestock, harvested their crops, and laid claim to “abandoned” black land, slowly erasing all evidence of their communal crime.

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    Oct 19 2016 - 7:00pm

    Doug Tallamy presents practical recommendations for how virtually everyone with access to a patch of earth can make a significant contribution toward sustaining biodiversity. Chairman of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, Tallamy will discuss the unbreakable link between native plant species and wildlife.