The Phoenix Flies: A Celebration of Atlanta’s Historic Sites

Exploring Kenan Research Center and Special Treasures of the Cherokee Garden Library

On separate tours, explore the intriguing collections of Kenan Research Center and one of its special subject libraries, Cherokee Garden Library.

A vintage Hastings’ Seed Catalog. An old postcard of Ansley Park. An antebellum agricultural journal. An early 20th century landscape drawing. Or a rare 18th century volume with stunning hand-colored plates. These remarkable treasures – and countless others -- of the Cherokee Garden Library tell the story of the people and plants that have shaped our land in Atlanta and beyond.

Whether it’s the diary of 10-year-old Carrie Berry describing the Union shelling of Atlanta in summer 1864 or the photograph of a devastated Old Fourth Ward taken right after the Great Atlanta Fire of 1917, the Kenan Research Center tells the story of Atlanta. Join us for a tour through manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, and books that document the history of this ever-changing city. 

Program included with general admission. RSVP at or 404.814.4150 (limited to 25 guests). Check in at security desk of McElreath Hall 15 minutes prior to tour time.