Waffle House Historical Marker Part of Trend

The Georgia Historical Society is trying to make the past more relevant

in Avondale Estates last weekend reflects a new attitude by the Georgia Historical Society.

The society is trying to make the markers more inclusive and interesting, according to the Saporata Report. For instance, a marker will be placed this weekend at the site of the Second Atlanta International Pop Festival.

The Saporta Report story describes the change in attitude.

“We want to tell the whole story,” said Robert Brown, chairman of the Georgia Historical Society (the first African American chair in its 173-year history) who also is an architect based in Decatur. “We believe in educating Georgia through our historical marker program.”

Todd Groce, president and CEO of the Society since 1995, said there has been a concerted effort to “reposition” the marker program and have it include multiple angles of the state’s history.

“We have tried to diversify the topics and not just diversify it with race and gender,” Groce said. “We have got an opportunity to teach people Georgia history in a new way — to make the past relevant. ...”

Another focus area will be on the history of Georgia’s companies — as displayed in the placement of the Waffle House marker this past weekend.

“I see this as the beginning of a new project for us and telling the story of Georgia’s corporate history,” Groce said.

Here are some other stories about the dedication of the historical marker at the Waffle House Museum in Avondale Estates.

taxus September 12, 2012 at 11:58 AM
What could be more relevant to modern history than the Waffle House? The first restaurant to introduce pictured menus for the inebriated and vanguard to obesity in America today.


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