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.

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Title I schools receive free guided tours during December 2019, January and February 2020. Due to high demand and limited availability, there is a $50 deposit due at the time of booking your tour to reserve your date. This payment will only be processed if you cancel your tour.

The cost for all guided tours is $8 per student. Guided tours require one chaperone (admitted free) per 10 students. Admission for each additional chaperone is $8.

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.

Confirmation of day and time and Arrival Information will be sent via email. Please bring your confirmation with you on the day of your tour to ensure the group rate.

Your payment is not refundable if you cancel your school tour and do not reschedule. Payments are refunded only in the case of school closings.

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.

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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

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