Quarantine Care Package

Hello again!

We're back with an inbox full of our favorite things to brighten your day. At this time, we remain closed to the public to protect the health of our guests and staff. We look forward to welcoming you back to campus soon! In the meantime, stay well, stay distant, and enjoy our favorite things from across the internet.

If you’d like a daily micro-dose of historical goodness, be sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.


Have ewe herd? Our sheep are still up to shenanigans during quarantine. 

Earlier this month, Brett Bannor, Manager of Animal Collections, and Fulton County 4-H Club UGA Extension Agent, Dr. Laurie Murrah-Henson, gave our heritage breed sheep their springtime trim. Normally, we invite the community to watch our animal ambassadors get sheared. However, in an effort to flatten the curve, the Fulton County 4-H Club at Atlanta History Center is bringing Buster + our barnyard to you at home instead. Make room on the couch—they love to cuddle.
If you’d like to check in on our four-legged friends throughout the week, check out our live farm cam. You're most likely to see them out and about between 8–11:00am.

Not enough sheep for you? Might we recommend watching this large herd roam Napa Valley...on a six hour loop? They’re an important part of the sustainable farming program at Shafer Vineyards. And they’re adorable.

If sheep aren’t your thing, you can live stream every other animal imaginable over at Yes, there are manatees.


These podcasts aren’t necessarily about history, but they are about Georgia; and we’ve been enjoying them while going on early morning walks when no one else is out—and dancing shamelessly to Big Boi. If you’re looking for some kid-friendly podcasts to get their eyes off of screens, and their ears engaged, check out Seven Podcasts for Stir Crazy Kids from the New York Times. They pair well with these quarantine recipes for kids.


Calling all book lovers to join our #QuarantineBookClub! Atlanta History Center is thrilled to connect you with great books AND each other through a virtual book club. Our virtual book club will meet once a month over Zoom for an in-depth discussion. Our first book selection is Afterlife by Julia Alvarez and our first meeting will be held in mid-May.

Curious to learn more about AfterlifeWatch our virtual author talk, featuring Virginia Prescott in conversation with Julia Alvarez, that we hosted via Zoom last week—and keep your eye on our website for more virtual author talks to come!

If you’re interested to learn more, or to sign up, please email Kate Whitman at with subject line Book Club.

Remember to shop local! Order your copy of Afterlife from our local partner A Cappella Books.

Georgia Open Stacks

Our friends over at The University of Georgia Press are temporarily providing open, read-only access to a curated selection of their titles on history and other humanities. With schools and libraries temporarily closed, Open Stacks provides much needed material for students and lifelong learners. Dive in and see what stories you can uncover!

Made By Us

Atlanta History Center is proud to be a key partner in Made By Us, a bold new initiative connecting Americans to hundreds of history and civic organizations nationwide through digital and physical experiences that help place timely issues in historical context. Since informed participation is the critical lever to help get us closer to realizing America’s founding ideals at 250, Made By Us will help real people address real issues in real time—with tools powered by history.

Learn more + follow along on their Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Medium.

Cyclorama Digital Resources

Atlanta’s largest painting is lonely without you. When we opened Cyclorama last year, our friends over at ARTS ATL captured two stunning behind the scenes videos exploring the painting’s complex history.

The Emory Center for Digital Scholarship recently launched an augmented reality app in partnership with Atlanta History Center that is all about The Battle of Atlanta Cyclorama. Available on both iOS and Android, the app amplifies and expands points of interest embedded across all 360-degrees of the painting. Check out the ECDS Project Team Blog to learn more.

War in Our Backyards is a great tool for those of us spending a lot more time these days walking through our neighborhoods and wondering how the landscape has changed. It’s an interactive map that charts important landmarks, people, and events related to the Civil War in Atlanta and beyond. Then-and-now views, archival images, and premade virtual tours allow you to see where history happened right in your backyard.

Zoom Backgrounds

Just when you thought working from home couldn’t get any better. . . we made you some free, historical Zoom backgrounds. They’re the best thing since wearing sweatpants to your board meeting.

Here’s how to use them in Zoom:
  1. Download your free background—may we recommend sheep, or behind the scenes in Cyclorama?
  2. Open Zoom + select settings
  3. On the left-hand menu, select Virtual Background, then click the [+] button and select your image from the file explorer window
  4. Bask in the weirdness

BRASH Fix + Souper Jenny

The BRASH Coffee and Souper Jenny locations at Atlanta History Center are still open for carryout. Support your local purveyors of fine, local fare by grabbing lunch and a long black from our favorite onsite friends.

One last thing! Because you can’t go to brunch, let brunch come to you with BRASH’s weekly Fix. Each week, BRASH teams up with other local eateries to bring bread, bagels, juice, granola, and a host of other good things to your front door. Selections change weekly so be sure to follow along on Instagram for the latest BRASH Fix.

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