Democracy Initiative

When Atlanta History Center marks 100 years of existence in 2026, the United States will mark its 250th anniversary.

American Democracy

American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith on view through March 23, 2022.

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American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith on view through March 23, 2022.

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American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith on view through March 23, 2022.

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American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith on view through March 23, 2022.

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American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith on view through March 23, 2022.

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American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith on view through March 23, 2022.

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American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith on view through March 23, 2022.

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American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith on view through March 23, 2022.

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We will focus on the role that Atlanta History Center can play in a functional democratic system and hold democracy at the center of our research, scholarship, and storytelling. As people across our city, state, and country consider what it means to create a democracy functioning by and for everyone, Atlanta History Center will use its resources to explore the history of the components that make a healthy democratic system, including methods of civic engagement, widespread and informed voter participation, civil rights, and community leadership.

Out of Many, One

Through 43 powerful portraits—personally painted by former President George W. Bush—and their accompanying stories, Out of Many, One reminds us of the ways in which America has been strengthened by those who left their home countries to live in the United States.

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American Democracy

American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith explored the history of American government, and how that system has been tested, improved, damaged, and repaired over time.

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Media Highlights

Everyone has to do something to make democracy work. Without it, what do we have?

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Our Strategic Plan

In December 2021, Atlanta History Center implemented a new strategic plan that aligns with our purpose to use history to bring people together to explore new and different perspectives with the goal of strengthening our shared commitment to, and engagement in, our democratic system.

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Featured Partnership

Atlanta History Center is a founding partner of Made By Us, a coalition of over 100 history museums and sites meeting Millennials and Gen Z where they are with history to ignite, inform, and inspire their civic participation.

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