Coming Soon—Stories After the Battle: The Cyclorama and How We Remember

Since its arrival in 1892, The Battle of Atlanta cyclorama has influenced how Atlanta remembers the Civil War. But, how much of the battle did it get right? Does the victor always write history? How does the way we interpret and remember history change over time? Stories After the Battle will consider these questions on our hour and a half tour experience designed for 4th–12th graders. We explore how images of the past shape our perception of history and discuss the ways that images do not always tell the whole story. This tour also provides the opportunity for students to develop critical thinking skills by teaching them to look at primary sources like a historian.

This 3-station tour looks at the past in distinct ways and caters to a variety of learning styles. Along the way, students handle primary sources and original images of the Civil War era and reflect on how a photograph’s story can change depending on the viewer. Students meet Tunis Campbell in an engaging and educational theater performance. Campbell, an African American State Legislator, describes the challenges of Reconstruction and shares his ideas of ways to give back to people who are newly freed. Finally, students are immersed in The Battle of Atlanta cyclorama painting where they consider the contested facts and long standing myths of Atlanta’s one of a kind representation of a pivotal moment in our city’s history. As part of the Cyclorama experience, students watch a short film about the origin of the painting and how it has changed over time. After the film, students engage in dialogue about the painting and its many meanings. Join us as we explore how the power of stories can impact how we view ourselves.

For more information, please email schooltours@atlantahistorycenter.com.

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Additional Information

The cost for all guided tours is $200 for the first 50 students. Add on $50 for up to 50 additional students.

Title 1 schools receive 50% off regular rates.

Full payment is required 3 weeks prior to your visit to guarantee your reservation for all tours. If booking less than 3 weeks in advance, full payment is due immediately.

Your payment is not refundable if you cancel your school tour and do not reschedule.

There is a $25 administrative fee should you need to reschedule your tour. You must notify the Atlanta History Center at least 3 days in advance. With advance notice your payment can be applied to a new tour date, plus the administrative fee.

Once payment is received, a confirmation email will be shared via email. This will include educational resources that can be used before and after the LIVE virtual visit.

Teachers are encouraged to complete a 10-15 minute technology prep session. This will be scheduled and administered up to one week before the virtual tour to troubleshoot unforeseen connectivity issues. Teachers who opt out of the pre-scheduled technology prep session will forfeit their refund for tech user issues during the virtual tour.

Recording our virtual school tour is prohibited.

Funding for Atlanta History Center's school programs is generously provided by:

  • Zeist Foundation
  • Wells Fargo
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Fulton County Arts Council
  • Georgia Council for the Arts
  • The Connolly Family Foundation
  • The Ray M. and Mary Elizabeth Lee Foundation
  • The Frances Wood Wilson Foundation
  • The Emily Winship Scott Foundation
  • The John and Mary Franklin Foundation
  • Massey Charitable Trust
  • The Besse Johnson and George Blanton Allen Memorial Foundation

This event has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.


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