• A State of Innovation: Home Depot

    Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank founded The Home Depot in 1978. Their dream of one-stop shopping for the “do-it-yourselfer” was fulfilled when they opened the first two Home Depot stores on June 22, 1979, in Atlanta, Georgia. Use the links below to learn more about this retail giant’s history and to see how the company […]

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  • Waffle House

    A State of Innovation: Waffle House

    Waffle House was started in Avondale Estates, Georgia, by two friends. Today, Waffle House is a beloved brand with restaurants up and down the interstates. Use the links below to learn more about the interesting history of Waffle House. Company Profile Two neighbors, Joe Rogers, Sr. and Tom Forkner, started the restaurant in 1955. Rogers […]

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    A State of Innovation: Georgia Power

    Georgia Power began as a small electric company in Atlanta, Georgia, in the 1880s and has since grown to serve the entire state of Georgia. Use the links below to learn more about the fascinating history of Georgia Power and explore print and television advertising. Company Profile Georgia Power Company, as it is known today, […]

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  • The Coca-Cola Company

    A State of Innovation: The Coca-Cola Company

    On May 8, 1886, Dr. John Stith Pemberton sold the first glass of Coca-Cola. Originally developed as a health cure, Coca-Cola went on to become the most recognized brand in the world. For many, it symbolizes the growth of American business and international expansion. And, it all started here in Georgia. Use the links below […]

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  • Georgia Teens Earn Gold Medal at National History Day Competition

    “These were Mary’s things.  They’re real!” – Devin Snyder Atlanta, Ga., July 13, 2016 –The Georgia Historical Society is proud to congratulate Devin Snyder and Mercy Koehler of Woodstock on their gold-medal-winning project, “Mary Musgrove: Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange in the Life of an Indian Princess,” researched in part at the Georgia Historical Society Research […]

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  • Strength for the Ages

    by W. Todd Groce, Ph.D. Originally published in Georgia History Today, Volume 10, Numbers 1&2. In recent years, we have all heard and read stories about tremendous financial difficulties that have led venerable non-profit institutions to the brink of collapse. When this happens, we often ask, why didn’t anyone see this coming and do something […]

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  • Southern Company Honored with Historical Marker as the Newest Member of the Georgia Business History Initiative

    Atlanta, Ga., June 27, 2016 – The Georgia Historical Society unveiled a new Georgia historical marker recognizing Southern Company as an honoree of the Georgia Business History Initiative. The historical marker was erected at 30 Ivan Allen Boulevard at Southern Company’s Headquarters in Atlanta. Speakers for the event included Dr. W. Todd Groce, President and […]

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  • Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History Honored by Georgia Historical Society as Affiliate of the Year

    Atlanta, Ga., June 8, 2016 – The Georgia Historical Society has named the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History in Augusta as the 2016 Affiliate Chapter of the Year. The award was presented by Elyse Butler, Membership and Outreach Associate for the Georgia Historical Society, and accepted by Christine Miller-Betts, Executive Director, Joyce Law, […]

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  • Georgia Historical Society to Dedicate New Civil Rights Trail Historical Marker to Reverend Silas Xavier Floyd

    Atlanta, Ga., June 2, 2016 – The Georgia Historical Society will dedicate a new historical marker this Saturday to Reverend Silas Xavier Floyd, in Augusta. The marker is the latest addition to the Georgia Civil Rights Trail, an initiative focused broadly on the economic, social, political, and cultural history of the Civil Rights Movement. Markers […]

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  • Georgia Historical Society to Recognize Albany Home of Governor George Busbee with Historical Marker Dedication

    Atlanta, Ga., May 18, 2016 – The Georgia Historical Society will dedicate a historical marker at the Albany home of former Georgia Governor George Busbee this Thursday, May 19, 2016. Busbee was born in Vienna, Georgia, and settled in Albany with his wife Mary Elizabeth where he practiced law.  In 1956 Busbee entered political life with […]

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