The Battle of Peachtree Creek Commemorative Weekend takes place July 18th through July 19th. The complete weekend schedule is available at AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Battle. The weekend kicks-off with a Friday evening musical and theatrical performance A Sweet Strangeness Thrills My Heart: The World of Sallie Independence Foster, 1861 – 1887. On Saturday, The Battle of Peachtree Creek Family Program provides everyone an opportunity to learn about the battle by engaging in a multitude of activities throughout the day, including special exhibition tours that allow guests to take the role of a Union or Confederate soldier, a Civil War encampment, cooking demonstrations, and Civil War musical performances. Leave the kids with your baby-sitter and return during the evening for the Civil War After Dark program, in which visitors experience special exhibition tours that tell the seedy side of the war, Civil War Improv, and moonshine themed cocktails as well as local beers. On Sunday, participate in the commemoration from the comfort of your home by monitoring the Atlanta History Center blog on AtlantaHistoryCenter.tumblr.com, which will be posting real-time updates, personal accounts, images, and artifacts from the Battle of Peachtree Creek.
Not able to come that weekend? No worries, we still have a lot to offer. The Kinsey Collection will be on display until July 13th, with the final gallery performances being held on July 12th and 13th. So come see the exhibition before it moves on to another location! At the Atlanta History Center when one door closes, two more open. The Atlanta History Center is excited to announce the opening of Wilbur G. Kurtz: History in Gone With the Wind. The exhibition, located in McElreath Hall at the Atlanta History Center, is FREE to the public. Visitors learn about the influence Kurtz had as the historian and technical advisor on the film’s accuracy and depiction of Atlanta, Tara, and the Civil War and Reconstruction eras. It’s also a great window into the art of filmmaking during the golden age of Hollywood. Click here for more info. Also opening this month, only July 18th, is Confederate Odyssey: The George W. Wray Jr. Civil War Collection. Artifacts in this exhibition are on display for the first time ever and include the rarest-of-the-rare: Southern-made uniforms, flags, firearms, bayonets, and small-caliber artillery pieces. Click here for more info.