Blog post by Development and Marketing Manager Rachel Kassman. To read more posts from Rachel, click here.
Right at the end of February I got to visit Atlanta for the wedding of some dear friends (it was a fantastic event) and had decided to make it a real vacation, adding a few days before and after to enjoy some of what Atlanta has to offer. In making my tourist destination decisions, I decided to see what I could do only traversing on foot – and lo and behold, the perfect spot popped up on my phone’s map app: The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, less than 2 miles from my accommodations for the week!
Despite a chilly start to the day (I woke up to a 33-degree morning – two degrees colder than Baltimore on the same day!), the skies were clear and sunny, and I had come prepared with cold weather outerwear. After a brief stop for coffee at a local café, I headed over to the Museum to see what I could learn.
Confession time: I am not a particular student of American presidential history, and beyond selling his peanut farm and retiring to a life of building houses for those in need, I knew very little about James Earl Carter Jr., 39th president of the USA. Happily, after purchasing my ticket and grabbing a map, I stepped into the introductory experience of the Museum – a short film biography of President Carter. I rarely stop for video experiences while traversing an exhibit, but since this was stop one, and the gentleman who sold me my ticket intimated the video was a required part of entry, I sat down to enjoy the show.
Of course, as a Museum professional, I can’t help myself – when I go into another Museum I always have my eye out looking for neat interactives, exhibit armature (the ways things are displayed and built), and interesting choices made by exhibit designers and curators about what to display. The Carter Presidential Center did not disappoint!
There were multiple ways to interact with the exhibit:
One example is this manual flip-up station – there were multiple stations similar to this throughout the exhibit, set at kid height and, as you can see here, brightly colored and stylized.
While you can’t pop down to Atlanta and visit in-person yourself right now, you CAN take a virtual tour!