Georgia Historical Society
The Georgia Historical Society (GHS) is the premier independent statewide institution responsible for collecting, examining, and teaching Georgia history. GHS houses the oldest and most distinguished collection of materials related exclusively to Georgia history in the nation. Founded in 1839, the Georgia Historical Society is the oldest continuously operated historical society in the South. As an educational and research institution, GHS teaches Georgia history through a variety of educational programs, scholarly publications, and research services. It publishes the award-winning Georgia Historical Quarterly (Georgia's journal of record since 1917), maintains a library and archives, manages the Historical Marker Program for the State of Georgia, produces the daily television and radio program Today in Georgia History (in partnership with Georgia Public Broadcasting), and organizes the annual K-12 education program Georgia History Festival. Headquartered in Savannah with an office in Atlanta, GHS has over 6,000 members and nearly 200 affiliates in 80 counties.
The Georgia Historical Society's Research Center is located in historic Hodgson Hall and is open Wednesday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. and the first and third Saturdays of the month from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Before visiting during holiday seasons or special events, researchers are encouraged to check the online calendar for closings. Researchers are required to present a valid ID (government-issued photo ID with signature) and to register at the reference desk in order to research the collection.
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