The Swan House, the Atlanta History Center, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire:
The Swan House at the Atlanta History Center was one of many Georgia set locations used during the filming of the movie The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
The Atlanta History Center’s Capitol Tour experience offers visitors an opportunity to pay tribute to Atlanta’s burgeoning film industry as well as Swan House’s new chapter in cinematic history. The Capitol Tour experience includes a guided tour through Swan House showcasing the rooms that were used during filming. Visitors will have exclusive admittance to a behind-the-scenes exhibit displaying photos from the production at Swan House and select props from the film. Snap a photo at two unique photo opportunities presenting recreations of portions of sets from scenes in the movie. Once the tour leaves the interior of Swan House, visitors may head outdoors to explore the gardens and lawn and capture more photo opportunities from the film.
After your tour, be sure to stop by the Museum Shop for official Hunger Games merchandise.
Howard Finster, Paradise Gardens.
In 1961, Finster began his most famous work, Paradise Gardens. He turned rescued trash into religious works like the Mirror House and Hubcap Tower, along with historical and cultural figures from George Washington to Elvis.
By the early 1980s his work had become famous, he made album covers for REM and the Talking Heads, and appeared on \”The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.”
His work filled hundreds of exhibitions, including a permanent display at the High Museum in Atlanta. Howard Finster’s studio created more than 46,000 pieces of art by the time he died on October 22, 2001, Today in Georgia History.
Henry Grady was born in 1850 in Athens. After graduating from the University of Georgia, Grady published an editorial in 1874 in the Atlanta Daily Herald entitled “The New South.\”
It caught the eye of the owners of the Atlanta Constitution and they offered him part ownership of the Constitution and the position of managing editor. Grady had found his calling.
The crusading editor championed Northern investment, Southern industrial growth, diversified farming and white supremacy — all of which were central to his vision of the New South.
He led the Atlanta Ring, a group of pro-industrial urban Democrats who promoted Atlanta’s economic development through reconciliation with the North.
Through Grady’s efforts Georgia Tech was established, and Atlanta hosted three different Cotton Expositions that attracted millions in investment dollars and new jobs.
Two years after Grady’s untimely death in 1889, 25,000 Atlantans turned out for the unveiling of a bronze statue of the man called the spokesman of the New South, dedicated in front of City Hall on October 21, 1891, Today In Georgia History.