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Atlanta History Center

The Atlanta History Center is situated in the Buckhead District of Atlanta, near the governor’s mansion in West Paces Ferry. Founded in 1926 as the Atlanta Historical Society, it offers historical perspectives for all ages, integrating history, education, and life-enrichment programs. The organization's name was changed to the Atlanta History Center in 1990. The center houses the Atlanta History Museum, a research library and archives, two historic houses illustrating more than a century of Atlanta’s history, a two-acre midtown campus that houses the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum, and a series of gardens unique in both design and horticultural presentation. Inspired by the 1986 gift of the DuBose Collection, one of the nation’s premier assemblages of Civil War artifacts, the history center launched a $15 million capital campaign in early 1989, to build and equip the museum. The museum was opened in October 1993 with five award-winning exhibitions, including Metropolitan Frontiers. It boasts a regional collection and houses objects dating from the early-19th century to the present. Visitors received a balanced view of the history of Atlanta, Georgia, and the South, at the museum. The Kenan Research Center collects primary and secondary source materials in all formats relating to the history of the area and the culture of the American South. The research center also operates a number of special libraries. The Atlanta History Center maintains two historic houses, Swan House and the Tullie Smith Farm. Swan House, built in 1928, is an elegant mansion listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The house was built for the Inman family and designed by well-known Atlanta architect, Philip Trammell Shutze. Tullie Smith Farm, a typical Piedmont Georgia farm from nearby Dekalb County, also is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Built around 1845 in DeKalb County for Robert Smith, the Tullie Smith has a plantation-plain house furnished with antiques of the period and surrounded by authentic outbuildings. The Atlanta History Center Museum Shop features an assortment of merchandise. Facilities for conferences and parties also are available.