Atlanta features many local attractions that will be of direct interest to historians of medicine. Most notably, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is just a five minute walk from the Conference Center, and is also accessible via free shuttle. The CDC is home to the David J. Sencer CDC museum, which features exhibitions on the history of public health, medical research, and the CDC itself. In addition, interested guests can also visit exhibitions on the history of medicine located at the Emory University School of Medicine, as well as the Morehouse School of Medicine—the nation’s first school of medicine located in a Historically Black College and University.
The home of the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr., Atlanta also features some of the country’s richest resources in civil rights and African-American history. Conference attendees can visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, and go on a tour of significant locations in King’s life, including his childhood home and the Ebeneezer Baptist Church. Additional civil rights resources include the APEX Museum, the home of former slave Alonzo Herndon, and the collections of African American Art at the Hammonds House and Clark Atlanta University. Guests interested in learning more about the city’s history during the Civil War and after can visit the Atlanta History Center as well as the Southern Museum.
Beyond history, Atlanta houses resources to explore everything from geopolitics to puppetry. At the Carter Center, guests can explore both Jimmy Carter’s life and presidency, as well as the Carter Center’s current activities in Atlanta and throughout the world. Art aficionados will enjoy the High Museum of Art, which hosts a unique collection of Southern folk art including works by “outside” artist Howard Finster. Finster’s work can also be found at the World of Coke, where guests can learn about the history of Coca-Cola, sample varieties of Coke from throughout the world, and be amused by the 4-D movie “In Search of the Secret Formula.” Down the street from the World of Coke is the Georgia Aquarium, home to dolphins, beavers, and beluga whales. Guests should also consider visiting the Center for Puppetry Arts, which houses a museum on puppetry—including several exhibits on the life and work of Jim Henson—as well as live puppet shows, including Xperimental Puppetry Theater, which will be showing during the weekend of the conference. Regardless of your specific interests, we are confident that Atlanta has something for you, and look forward to greeting you here for a conference abounding in scholarship, dialogue, and fun.
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