Museum at Home

Museum at Home

Welcome to our Learning Lab!

While you do your part to help flatten the curve by staying home, we're sharing some history to keep you company. Here, you'll find a collection of our online exhibitions, learning guides, workshops, and much more. Happy exploring!

Juneteenth at Home

Atlanta History Center invites you to join in the commemoration of the end of enslavement in the United States during its annual Juneteenth program. Since 2013 Atlanta History Center’s yearly event has connected with visitors around this essential moment in national history. Due to risks posed by COVID-19, we will not be hosting an in-person event this year. Instead, we have curated virtual resources for the entire family to mark the occasion.

On the Blog

The blog post Juneteenth: A Celebration for a New Age, written by Atlanta History Center Vice President of Historical Interpretation and Community Partnerships Dr. Calinda Lee, traces the remarkable twists and turns in the history of the observance. Dr. Lee writes that though Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, few people were immediately freed. The Civil War was ongoing and “’rebellious states’ were in no mood to play heed to Lincoln’s order.”

Reading List

Our friends at Charis Books and More have created this reading list for readers of all ages to enhance our understanding of the past and the significance of the Juneteenth celebration.

Genealogy: Emma Davis-Hamilton in conversation with Sue VerHoef

Emma Davis-Hamilton discusses the Freedmen's Bureau in this pre-recorded genealogy presentation. The records of the Freedmen’s Bureau are a rich resource for documenting African American life in the post-Civil War and Reconstruction eras.

Family Focused Fun

Enslaved people in the United States resisted the institution of slavery and asserted their humanity and their personhood in many different ways. From running away, organizing uprisings and directly fighting back, as well as clinging to and sharing African traditions which were at constant risk of erasure. One of the many forms of resistance was joining the United States' cause during the Civil War and serving the cause as spies, nurses, and soldiers.

We are excited to bring to you three such stories of Black self-liberation during the American Civil War. History comes to life in these unique lessons created by our dynamic Education team. From brave covert women spies embedded in the Confederacy to the courageous men who fought in the United States Colored Troops- there is sure to be something for everyone in the family to explore.

  • Our animated comic, Super Spies, uses hand-drawn illustrations, historical photographs, and fantastic storytelling to explore the history of Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Van Lew, and Mary Bowser during the American Civil War. Become a spy just like these American heroines using this cypher to decode the secret message!
  • Explore some of the major battles the United States Colored Troops were engaged in during the American Civil War with our interactive map!
  • Discover more history as you explore the 127th United States Colored Troops flag and learn more about the artist behind the banner with this interactive artifact exploration!

Turn the music up!

Juneteenth Jamboree: Clap your hands, stomp your feet, and lift your voice in celebration of triumph, emancipation, and history with these inspirational tunes.

Video Story Time: Henry’s Freedom Box

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights presents a reading of Henry’s Freedom Box by Kadir Nelson and Ellen Levine in celebration of Juneteenth and in recognition of black self-liberation during enslavement. Prior to the reading, Jasmine Page, Education Programs Coordinator, provides a brief discussion about black self-liberation, how this form of resistance influenced the 1950’s Civil Rights Movement, and how we can see this work being done today.

Additional Resources

Curated by Dr. Calinda Lee, Vice President of Historical Interpretation and Community Partnerships

What’s Juneteenth and Why Does it Matter

African American Heritage and History

Making Your Celebratory Feast

Exploring with the Next Generation

This programming is presented by the Nissan Foundation with additional funding provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.

Neighborhood Initiatives

Mi Gente Community Mural

In 2019 Atlanta History Center commissioned a mural by artist Yehimi Cambrón to represent the diverse Latinx communities in the Atlanta area. Titled Mi Gente (My People), the mural depicts the varied stories of "everyday" individuals that make up Atlanta's Latinx community—from well-known leaders to those whose efforts are little-known.

Click through the links below to learn more about the mural through a guided tour of Mi Gente.

English Mi Gente: A Guided Tour
En Español Mi Gente: Un Tour Guiado

Educational Resources

Civil Rights Toolkit

Young people are changemakers and our hope for this Civil Rights Toolkit is that it inspires young people to learn lessons from the past to positively impact the present—and future!

Through digital storytelling, writing prompts, art activities, and supplemental interactives, this toolkit provides something for all ages. We have curated the content for specific grade levels and encourage grownups to review the activities in advance to assess the appropriateness of the material for their child’s specific needs.


The Children's March: Stories from the Birmingham Children's Crusade

Sing With Us! | “Woke Up This Morning”
Grade Levels K–3
Activity: Make Your Own Instrument and Play Along!

Sing with Us! | "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around"
Grade Levels 4–6
Activity: Play Along! and Write Your Own Song

Sing With Us! | "We Shall Overcome"
Grade Levels 6–8
Activity: Blackout Poetry

The Children's March: Birmingham Children's Crusade
Grade Levels 6–9
Activity: Become a Digital Storyteller!


A Baseball Bat Remembers: A Story of the Negro Leagues

The Story of Baseball Bat: Sports and Civil Rights
Grade Levels 1-6

Jackie Robinson Interactive Experience
Grade Levels 1-6

Activities:
I Can Draw: Jackie Robinson Grid Drawing
Grade Levels 1-5

The Story of a Baseball Glove: Personification Activity
Grade Levels 3-6

Jigsaw puzzles:
Jackson Robinson Bat | Easy
Bat & Glove at AHC | Easy
Red Moore’s Glove at AHC | Intermediate
Ponce Postcard | Intermediate
Jackie Robinson | Intermediate

Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud inspires high school students to dive into the vast world of poetry and compete in a poetry recitation competition with their peers. Through the preparation process, students learn about poetry interpretation and public speaking. Students begin by competing at their high schools, then move on to regional and statewide competitions. Georgia’s state program is coordinated by Atlanta History Center. This year, over 13,000 students participated in Poetry Out Loud in Georgia.

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the cancellation of the annual national finals competition, but state finalists still got the chance to showcase their hard work in the first-ever virtual Georgia competition.

Congratulations to state winners!

3rd place: Alejandro Campo (from Flowery Branch High School in Hall county)

2nd place: Kamryn Jones (from DeKalb School of the Arts in DeKalb county)

1st place: Grayson Nour (from Whitefield Academy in Cobb county)

Check out the virtual finals competition here! Curious to learn more about poetry, or inspired to try your own hand at poetry recitation? Explore all that Poetry Out Loud has to offer, including poems ranging from humorous to historical to profound.

Poetry Out Loud is hosted in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and the Georgia Council for the Arts. Atlanta History Center has coordinated the Georgia Poetry Out Loud program for the past twelve years

Cyclorama Online

Civil War in Georgia

Through this time-lapse map, explore the path of the Civil War through Georgia and the clashes, skirmishes, and battles that shaped what is often called the final turning point of the war. This detailed map tracks the movement of United States and Confederate troops, as well as casualties and shifting lines of engagement.

War in Our Backyards

This interactive map charts out important landmarks, people, and events relating to the Civil War in the Atlanta area and beyond. Then-and-now views, archival images, and premade virtual tours allow you to see where history happened right in your backyard.

Augmented Reality

Emory Center for Digital Scholarship developed an augmented reality app for The Battle of Atlanta cyclorama that identifies significant points-of-interests embedded in the painting, and is available on app stores for iOS (Apple) and Android (Google Play). Learn more over on the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship’s blog—and be sure to watch the video featuring footage of the cyclorama’s installation, restoration, and public exhibition, and commentary by Atlanta History Center’s Senior Military Historian and Cyclorama: The Big Picture curator, Gordon Jones.

There Will Be Sheep!

Have ewe herd? Our sheep are still up to shenanigans during quarantine.

If you’d like to check in on our four-legged friends throughout the week, check out our live farm cam. You're most likely to see them out and about between 8–11:00am.

In April, Brett Bannor, Manager of Animal Collections, and Fulton County 4-H Club UGA Extension Agent, Dr. Laurie Murrah-Henson, gave our heritage breed sheep their springtime trim. Normally, we invite the community to watch our animal ambassadors get sheared. However, in an effort to flatten the curve, the Fulton County 4-H Club at Atlanta History Center is bringing Buster + our barnyard to you at home instead. Make room on the couch—they love to cuddle.

Not enough sheep for you? Get to know Brett and his role at Atlanta History Center over at our blog

Online Exhibitions

Atlanta in 50 Objects

How would you tell the story of Atlanta using only 50 objects? Atlanta History Center asked the Atlanta community exactly that- and after hundreds of entries, assembled this exhibition detailing the Atlanta story through objects and photographs.

More Than Self: Living the Vietnam War

Between 1964 and 1975, nearly 3,500,000 men and women served in the United States armed forces in Southeast Asia. Each of them has a story to tell. Each story is unique. This online exhibition draws directly from the stories of these veterans.

Voices Across the Color Line: Atlanta In the Civil Rights Movement

Atlanta’s Student Movement played a key role in further the Civil Rights movement not only in Atlanta, but across the South. This online exhibition explores the figures who shaped the movement in Atlanta and the student activism that changed a city.

Archives Online

Album

Maps, photographs, architectural drawings, film, and more live in this repository for Atlanta History Center’s online visual collections. Feeling overwhelmed? Here are a few places to start:

  • Kenneth Rogers Photographs: Dive into Atlanta Constitution photographer Kenneth Rogers’s extensive photography collections. Rogers captured photos for the newspaper from 1923-1972.
  • Fred L. Howe 1895 Cotton States and International Exposition Photos: Before Atlanta became an International City and hosted the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, it became a National City and hosted the 1895 Cotton States and International Exposition. See scenes of the impressive, wacky, and creative displays and inventions in this collection.
  • Maps Collection: Historic maps of Atlanta and its suburbs separated by categories as far-ranging as streetcar lines, zoning, land lots, and population density.
  • Maynard Documentary Interviews: See the full uncut interviews that underpinned the documentary of the iconic Atlanta mayor, Maynard.

Veterans History Project

Documenting the stories of our city’s veterans helps preserve stories of war and sacrifice for future generations. Over 750 video interviews are waiting to be discovered- you can also look at this page for aggregate videos.

Oral History Collections

Atlanta History Center’s oral history collections seek to elevate the voices of Atlantans across the city’s history to tell history in their own words. Dive into the multifaceted history of our city through these collections:

  • Atlanta’s Unspoken Past: Learn about the history of the LGBTQIA+ community in Atlanta from the 1940s through the 1970s in their own words in this oral history collection, collected starting in 2004.
  • Living Atlanta: Hear from Atlantans who ranged from streetcar operators to musicians to police chiefs as they talk about Atlanta between the two World Wars. These oral history recordings were assembled by WRFG (Radio Free Georgia Broadcasting Foundation, Inc.) in the late 1970s.
  • Vine City: Vine City residents weigh in on their experiences in 1988-1989 as the Domed Stadium Project, later named the Georgia Dome, promised to change their neighborhood forever.
  • Voices Across the Color Line: Individuals involved in Civil Rights activism centered around Atlanta University in the early 1960s share their experiences in over 40 hours of taped interviews.

Corona Collective

All across Atlanta—and the globe—people's lives have been impacted by COVID-19. In order to do our part to document this period of history, we are asking you to share your experiences with us. The stories and materials we collect will allow us to study and share these experiences with future generations. History that is not recorded is often forgotten. To share your story, or to submit a file or URL, please use our collection form.

Atlanta History Center Blog

There’s something for everyone on Atlanta History Center’s blog. We’ve pulled a few of our favorites below, but you’re always welcome to explore on your own!

Made By Us

What is Made By Us?

There’s no end to making a more perfect union.

Throughout our nation’s history, young people have been a driver of change. Through this new national initiative, Atlanta History Center joins dozens of other history organizations in encouraging young people to get involved in making the country that we want on our 250th birthday coming up in 2026. We join other organizations in a movement to make history more relevant and accessible for use in proactive, surprising ways.

Engage with social platforms on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, or visit historymadebyus.com for more information.

StoryCorps Connect

Our friends over at StoryCorps launched a new way for you to stay in touch with and learn about your loved ones- through StoryCorps Connect, a platform for conducting interviews from afar. If you choose to do so, your interview will be archived at the Library of Congress for future generations. Show that listening is an act of love through this unique platform.

Quarantine Care Package

We're here for you while you're social distancing. Every other week, we're pulling together our favorite things from around the internet that put a smile on our face. We hope it brings you joy!

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