Business History Initiative

Sharing the Stories of the Companies that Built Georgia

Each year the Georgia Historical Society selects iconic companies in our state to be honored through the Georgia Business History Initiative. By showcasing these companies, GHS seeks to teach Georgia students, citizens and tourists alike about the pivotal role of Georgia’s leading businesses in the economic, cultural and social development of Georgia and the United States.

Historical Markers

Georgia Power Historical Marker Dedication

Historical marker for Georgia Power in Atlanta

Each honoree receives a historical marker that tells the story of that company’s contribution to the development of our state and nation. This executive summary of the company history is erected at a site of historical significance to the company, and is also available online through the award-winning GHS Historical Marker website and mobile app.

GHS invites you to further explore the Georgia Historical Marker Program by following this link.

Educator Resources

The Georgia Business History Initiative also includes the development of educational materials about each honoree to enrich student understanding of the businesses that built Georgia. These resources can include a company profile, case study, and classroom activities correlated to state and national performance standards prepared by the GHS education staff and made available for classroom use through our extensive statewide network of teachers and education partners.

To learn more about the educational initiatives of GHS, please follow this link.

Honorees

The following is a list of Georgia Business History Initiatives honorees (to date).

  • Chick-fil-A
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Georgia-Pacific
  • Georgia Power
  • Georgia World Congress Center Authority
  • Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
  • Southern Company
  • United Distributors
  • Waffle House

Benefits

Benefits vary according to level but may include:

  • Georgia Historical Marker
  • Original Educational Resources incorporating state and national performance standards
  • Announcement in Georgia History Today, the magazine of the Georgia Historical Society

For more information about Honoree benefits in the Georgia Business History Initiative, please call 912.651.2125 ext. 116.


To learn more about our current Business History Initiative honorees, please click on the links below.