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15 Minutes Away on Foot: Visit the Georgia Historical Society

March 14, 2011

This week, we highlight the Georgia Historical Society Library and Archives, located on the north-west corner of Forsyth Park, at the intersection of Whitaker Street and West Gaston Street. The physical address of the Georgia Historical Society is 501 Whitaker Street.

Hodgson Hall, home of the Georgia Historical Society Library and Archives. Photo by Author.

The Historical Society is the premier independent statewide institution responsible for collecting, examining, and teaching Georgia history. It houses the oldest and most distinguished collection of materials related exclusively to Georgia history in the nation. The society was founded in 1839 by the Georgia General Assembly. It is the oldest cultural organization in the state and is the first historical society in Georgia.

To support the mission of the historical society, special programs and events are held throughout the year.

The library and archives are open to the public on Tuesday – Friday from 12:00 pm. until 5:00 pm. It is also open on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

In 2011, the Georgia Historical Society will have a special exhibit in memory of the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. “Conquered Banners: Georgia’s Civil War Flags” is a 12-month exhibit featuring rare flags made and carried during the first year of the Civil War. The flags will be on display in the reading room of historical society’s library and archives. The six beautifully conserved flags, on loan from the National Park Service, Fort Pulaski National Monument, will be rotated for display every three months throughout 2011.

Getting to the Georgia Historical Society from the Catherine Ward House Inn by foot is easy. From door to door, it takes as little as 4-8 minutes to walk between the two.

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