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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Atlanta's glorious history blogs help us cherish the past, enrich our mind organs in the present

Atlanta is a relatively young city. Yet much of its past has been lost to "progress" over the years. Gone are the Kimball House, the Peachtree Arcade, and so many other landmarks. Despite the fact that Atlanta is a transient city, residents are fascinated by its history. Luckily there are history buffs who know how to conduct research and slam their fingers against keyboards (Praise Stumptown and ATL Urbanist!). We present, in no certain order, a list of local blogs focusing on Atlanta's past. Did we make a glaring oversight? You bet we did! Let us know in the comments.

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  • Atlanta Historic Block Party

Have you wondered about the past lives of some city blocks in Downtown? Meet Atlanta Historic Block Party. The new blog picks a specific city block - thus far they've selected City Hall and the Westin Peachtree Plaza - and documents the parcel's past, including demolished buildings and events. The entries are penned by Geoff, who recently received a master's degree in historic preservation.

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  • History Atlanta

Do you like well-researched, well-written articles about Atlanta's historic places, people, and the occasional mystery or murder? Be sure to regularly check History Atlanta. Who's behind it? Why, a Midtown resident named Conor and his dog Sherman.

When the Atlanta History Center joined Tumblr way back when, we originally anticipated the worst. Or the Buckhead museum just losing interest in the medium. We were wrong. The AHC has embraced Tumblr and Twitter and become a case study in how to smartly use social media. We even gave 'em an award! Head here if you want a wide variety of historic photos, reenactments of the Battle of Atlanta or the 1917 fire that engulfed the Old Fourth Ward, and timely posts.

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  • Return to Atlanta

All hail Zeus Henderson! His Return to Atlanta matches old photos from his teenage years hanging out in the city compared to today.

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  • Georgia State University Library

God bless the Georgia State University library and its staff. The library's Digital Collections is filled with incredible photos and relics from Atlanta's past. (Sweet Lordy!) And its blog regularly posts interesting, thorough pieces about everything from additions to its collections - hello, Research Atlanta reports! - to a map essay tracking the development of Atlanta Fulton County Stadium and demise of Summerhill. Things are understandably a little slow over the summer, but the entire blog - especially the Digital Collections tag - is worth bookmarking.

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  • Atlanta Time Machine

And last but definitely not least, the king of all Atlanta history blogs, the Atlanta Time Machine. Greg Germani's longtime labor of love has helped many newcomers - and longtime Atlantans - gain a better understanding of the city through before and after photos. Get better, Greg.

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