Monday, November 24, 2014

Atlanta History Center - Holidays in History Homeschool Day 12-5 @atlhistcenter

The Atlanta History Center’s next Homeschool Day is Friday, December 5th, 2014 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM.  This month’s theme is Holidays in HistoryEnjoy our annual holiday program and experience how Christmas was celebrated in years past, from the 1860s Smith Family Farm, to the 1930s Swan House.

At the Smith Family Farm, experience an 1860s Christmas through character encounters, demonstrations, and hands-on activities including blacksmithing, open-hearth cooking, candle-dipping, and making holiday decorations.  Meet members of the Smith family and the enslaved workers on the farm, and learn how they celebrated Christmas.

The 1930s Swan House is elegantly decorated for the holiday season.  Kitty Cates, the Governess of the Inman grandchildren, shows you how to make a holiday decoration and demonstrates proper holiday party manners.  Meet other members of the Swan House staff including the maid, Binah Lockett, the chauffeur, Grant Carter, and decorator, Ruby Ross Wood.  Grab a cup of cocoa from Binah and relax as you enjoy a reading of the beloved holiday poem A Visit from St. Nicholas.

Admission to Homeschool Days is $8.50 for nonmembers; $6.50 for children of members; and free for adult members. Discounted rates are available for groups with 10 or more children. For information or to make group reservations call 404-814-4018 or email:

While the special programming is only from 1:00 — 4:00 PM, you are welcome to spend the entire day at the History Center for this reduced rate. Many people come early (we open at 10:00 AM) and spend the first part of the day exploring our exhibitions, gardens, and historic houses, have lunch at our small Chick-fil-A (open from Noon—2:00 PM), and then participate in the Homeschool Day program in the afternoon.

Please note that we are currently undergoing renovations to our main entrance. The Atlanta History Center main entrance will be temporarily located at 3299 Andrews Drive, admissions and ticketing will be temporarily housed in the atrium of our Archives building, McElreath Hall, and free and accessible parking will remain available on-site. All exhibitions will remain open, but guests will enter the museum through the back of the building. Signs are posted to guide you.

To learn about our other Homeschool Days this year, visit this website:
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