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Revamped attraction: Atlanta History Center
Everything old is new again at this renovated Buckhead stalwart, which now features a StoryCorps studio, a Souper Jenny outpost, and an expanded bookstore and gift shop. Bonus: The museum no longer prohibits event guests from sipping cocktails while visiting the exhibits.
39. Save your story for posterity
You know those NPR *StoryCorps* segments that get you choked up on your morning commute? You can record a slice of personal history (interviews are archived at the Library of Congress) at the Atlanta StoryBooth, one of three permanent StoryCorps studios in the country.
StoryCorps seeking Atlanta Eagle raid first-person accounts
Thanks to the power of social media, first-person accounts from the city's infamous September 2009 raid of the Atlanta Eagle on Ponce de Leon Avenue may wind up archived in the Library of Congress. StoryCorps, the national non-profit founded in 2003 and dedicated to recording American oral histories, has a recording studio at Atlanta's WABE-FM. The controversial 2009 gay bar raid by the city's now-disbanded Red Dog Unit was performed by 24 officers who ordered patrons to lie face down on the floor for hours as they performed searches, background checks and shouted anti-gay slurs. Last summer, Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed's office released a scathing 343-page independent report on the raid, disclosing that 16 officers later lied or destroyed evidence about the botched raid. Half a dozen APD officers were fired and nine were disciplined in the fallout from the raid.