Friday, October 19, 2012

Day of the Dead Come to @ATLHistCenter

Sunday, October 28th, enjoy a day of cultural exploration during the Atlanta History Center’s annual family program, Day of the Dead or Dia de Muertos. Visitors of all ages enjoy learning about this ancient festival rooted in Mexican heritage and that serves as a way for families to remember their deceased loved ones while celebrating their children and the continuity of life. Smiling faces, swirling brilliant colors, storytelling, and elaborately decorated altars designed to honor lost family and friends, and authentic Mexican food, music, and performances are highlights of this celebration.
The Atlanta History Center, one of my favorite places to visit in Atlanta, has presented this annual family program in collaboration with the Instituto de Mexico and the Mexican Consulate with support by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council for more than ten years.


• Noon- Welcome music and ongoing craft and food activities. Elaborately decorated altars on display in Grand Overlook Ballroom
• Ongoing:
  • 1:15- Alma Mexicana; Folkloric Dance
  • 12:45 - 2:00- Chicahua Yolotli; Aztec Dance
  • 1:15 - Dance Calballo, Dance Paloma, Dance Fuego, Dance Mallimali
  • 2:30- Youth Marimba Group from Oaxaca Mexico
  • 2:00 - 3:00- Alma Mexicana; Folkloric Dance
  • 2:30 - 3:30- Certificates of participation, Altar Exhibit
  • 3:00 - 4:00- Chicahua Yolotli; Aztec Dance
  • 3:30 - Dance Mayahuel, Dance Tonatzin, Dance Venado
  • 4:00 - 4:30- Youth Marimba Group from Oaxaca Mexico
  • 4:30 - 5:00- Mariachi; Pepe Lopez
The best part is this outdoor program is free; special half off admission offer to the Atlanta History Museum, historic houses, and gardens during Day of the Dead (Food and drinks are available for purchase). For more information, please call 404.814.4000 or visit

Founded in 1926, the Atlanta History Center is an all-inclusive, thirty-three-acre destination featuring the Atlanta History Museum, one of the Southeast’s largest history museums; two historic houses, the 1928 Swan House and the 1860 Smith Family Farm; the Centennial Olympic Games Museum; the Kenan Research Center; the Grand Overlook event space; Chick-Fil-A at the Coca-Cola CafĂ©, a museum shop, and acres of Historic Gardens with paths and the kid-friendly Connor Brown Discovery Trail.
In addition, the History Center operates the Margaret Mitchell House. Located in Midtown Atlanta, the two-acre campus features tours of the apartment where Margaret Mitchell wrote her Pulitzer Prize- winning novel, Gone With the Wind, an exhibition highlighting the life of Margaret Mitchell, a Gone With the Wind movie exhibition, and a museum shop. For information on Atlanta History Center offerings, hours of operation and admission call 404.814.4000 or visit

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